Boston is known for world-class academic institutions, but also known for world-class chefs. And, certainly, there are excellent museums for people of all ages and all interests, fantastic shopping opportunities and beautiful towns north, south, east and west of the city. However, a trip to Boston is not complete without recognizing its rich and vital role in American History. The Freedom Trail is a requisite part of any visit to Boston. History comes alive as you walk through the very streets that were the scene of our earliest years as a nation. Come equipped with a guide book even if you didn't pay ample attention in fifth grade Social Studies class! But also, come equipped with good walking shoes and patience--the streets of Boston can become very busy during high tourist seasons. Take your time--stop off for a cappucino or cannolli in the North End while walking. Stop for lunch at Fanueil Hall. Or, just stop and gaze at the magic of buildings and churches that are hundreds of years old, reflected in brand new skyscrapers next door.