Aerial view of Boston, Massachusetts (Corbis)

July 4 at the Hatchshell on the Esplanade in Boston, Massachusetts (Mary Giordono/B4 Productions)

Aerial view of Boston, Massachusetts (Corbis)

Museum of Science. Boston, Massachusetts (Museum of Science)

Boston Harbor and skyline, Boston, Massachusetts (Digital Vision)

Tidepool Touchtank at the New England Aquarium, Boston, Massachusetts (New England Aquarium)

Sailboats in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts (Photodisc)

Bluefish at New England Aquarium, Boston, Massachusetts (New England Aquarium)

July 4 fireworks over Boston Harbor, Boston, Massachusetts (Jay Connor/B4 Productions)

Biking in Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts (Kindra Clineff/Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism)

Night view of Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts (Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Skyline of Boston, Massachusetts (Digital Vision)

Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts (Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism)

Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts (Tim Grafft/Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism)

Swan Boat in the Public Garden, Boston, Massachusetts (Sarah Musumeci/Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism)

Aerial view of Boston, Massachusetts (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Boston (iStockphoto)

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Alistair rates Boston
I feel like I've been doing something wrong, but Boston has never really done it for me as a place to visit. I find the downtown area to be a grimy and grey and missing a lot of the historic charm for which Beantown is always lauded. OK, the neighborhoods around Cambridge, Somerville, and Back Bay have their charm, but as an out-of-towner I've never really found it a welcoming place to visit. Faneuil Hall just seemed crowded and over-touristy, an East Coast version of Fisherman's Wharf.
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