1. Historic Boston
Founded in 1630 by Puritans who envisioned their settlement as a shining beacon to the world, Boston was among America’s first great urban centers. Its patriots led the rebellion that grew into the American Revolution, and few places in the U.S. evoke so vividly the birth of a nation. Centuries later, Boston remains at the national forefront in politics, the arts, culture, education and science. The city retains its Classical proportions and human scale, with modern buildings nudging up against landmarks of the Colonial and Revolutionary eras.