Photos: Bustling 'Beantown'

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  1. Boston skyline

    A view of the Boston skyline. Founded on Sept. 17, 1630 by Puritan colonists from England on a peninsula called Shawmut by its original Native American inhabitants, it is one of the oldest and most culturally significant cities in the United States. (Bob Krist / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Faneuil Hall

    Located near the waterfront and today's Government Center in Boston, Faneuil Hall, has been a marketplace and meeting hall since 1742. It was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis and others encouraging independence from Great Britain, and is now part of Boston National Historical Park and a well-known stop on the Freedom Trail. It is sometimes known as "The Cradle of Liberty." (Charles Krupa / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Get your clam chowder!

    Clam chowder and other seafood dishes fill the bars and tables of popular eateries like the Union Oyster House, established in 1826. (Karen Kasmauski / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Paul Revere statue and Old North Church

    This Paul Revere Statue in North End, Boston was made by Cyrus Dallin and unveiled on Sept. 22, 1940. In the background the Old North Church, officially called Christ Church, is the location of the famed "one if by land, and two if by sea" phrase related to Paul Revere's midnight ride on April 18, 1775 that preceded the Battles of Lexington and Concord. (Julia Malakie / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Old Granary Burying Ground

    A marker, part of which reads "Paul Revere buried in this ground," is seen on the fence at the Old Granary Burying Ground in Boston. Founded in 1660, the Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street is the city's third oldest cemetery, and serves as the final resting place for many notable Revolutionary War-era patriots, including three signers of the Declaration of Independence and many victims of the Boston Massacre. (Chitose Suzuki / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Paul Revere House

    The Paul Revere House (1680), was the colonial home of American patriot Paul Revere during the time of the American Revolution. It is now operated as a nonprofit museum by the Paul Revere Memorial Association. (Chitose Suzuki / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Old Ironsides

    USS Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides," is a wooden-hulled, three-masted frigate of the United States Navy. Named after the United States Constitution, she is the oldest commissioned ship afloat in the world and is still in service in the U.S. Navy. The USS Constitution is one of the sites along the Freedom Trail and is part of Boston National Historical Park, better known as the Charlestown Navy Yard. (Lisa Poole / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Bunker Hill Monument

    The Bunker Hill Monument, commemorating the Battle of Bunker Hill, is the first public obelisk erected in the United States. The 221 foot granite obelisk was erected between 1827 and 1842 in Charlestown, Mass. with granite quarried in Quincy, Mass. and conveyed to the site by the first railway in the United States, built specially for that purpose. There are 294 steps to the top. (Chitose Suzuki / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Boston Duck Tours

    A red Boston Duck Tours boat cruises the Charles River with the city skyline in the background. (Kevin Fleming / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Fenway Park

    Steven Tyler of Aerosmith sings the National Anthem before game one of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals on Oct. 23, 2004 at Fenway Park. (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. New England Aquarium

    Located by the Boston Harbor, the New England Aquarium's colorful & educational exhibits feature more than 8,000 aquatic creatures, a four-story glass ocean tank housing a coral reef display with an outstanding variety of fishes, sharks & sea turtles. The Aquarium's mission: "To present, promote and protect the world of water." The New England Aquarium is also home to the Simons IMAX Theatre. (New England Aquarium ) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. The Museum of Science

    The Museum of Science is a Boston landmark, with over 500 interactive exhibits; the Museum features a number of live presentations throughout the building everyday, along with shows at the Charles Hayden Planetarium and the Mugar Omni IMAX Theater, the only domed IMAX screen in New England. (Darren McCollester / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

    The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library is the presidential library and museum of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. It was designed by the architect I.M. Pei. The building is the official repository for original papers and correspondence of the Kennedy Administration. The library and museum were dedicated in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter and members of the Kennedy family. (Michael Springer / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Franklin Park Zoo

    Patrons view giraffes at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. The 72-acre site nestled in Boston's historic Franklin Park, is the largest zoo in New England. (Winslow Townson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 1/7/2008 11:05:21 AM ET 2008-01-07T16:05:21

Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, $149 per room per night
The brand new 471-room Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel is offering a discount of up to 50 percent for weekend stays. The hotel has a fitness center, a pool, spa-treatment rooms, and a restaurant. It's located on the South Boston waterfront, an up-and-coming area that can still feel desolate at night. Nearby attractions include the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Boston Children's Museum, the New England Aquarium, and the Harpoon Brewery. Reduced rates start from $149 per room based on double occupancy.

When: Friday and Saturday nights from Feb. 15 to Mar. 22, 2008.

Details: Hotel taxes are an additional 12.45 percent. The discount in reflected in the listed rate.

Contact: 617/338-4111,

The Colonnade Hotel, $368 per room for 2 nights
The Frosty Fridays package at the Colonnade, home to the city's only rooftop pool, includes a two-night stay in the hotel in the fashionable Back Bay neighborhood. Package perks include hot chocolate for two at Brasserie JO, complimentary overnight parking, and a choice between two complimentary tickets to the Old Town Trolley or admission and skating rentals for two at the Boston Common Frog Pond Skating Rink. (We included the Frog Pond in our roundup of Top 10 Ice-Skating Rinks.) The rate for Saturday night is $349, and the price you'll pay for your Friday night stay corresponds to the temperature outside, as determined by a 5 p.m. reading by the National Weather Service; you'll be charged one dollar per degree Fahrenheit. The $368 rate quoted above is based on a Friday night temperature of 19 degrees.

When: Friday and Saturday nights through Mar. 31, 2008.

Details: Hotel taxes are an additional 12.45 percent.

Contact: 800/962-3030,

If you're happy to forgo the extra trappings of a hotel package, here are some reliable year-round bargain lodgings:

On a busy but attractive residential street near boutique-heavy Newbury Street and the Harvard Bridge, 463 Beacon Street Guesthouse has rooms that offer spaciousness, king-size beds, and big bay windows. Be warned, though, that there is no elevator and that some rooms have shared bathrooms. Rates start at $59 per room per night or $295 per week (seven nights) through the end of February and from $79 per room per night from March to December (no weekly discount during most of the year).

Newbury Guest House, converted from three 19th-century brick town houses, is in a prime location on the most happening street—Newbury—in Back Bay. All 32 rooms have classic Victorian furnishings, hardwood floors, and queen-size beds. Rates start at $99 per room per night.

The Copley Inn, in what was once a Back Bay apartment building, rents out 21 primly decorated studios with fully equipped kitchens. Although rooms are on the small side, high ceilings and bay windows make them feel airy (they're spread over three floors, with no elevator). Rates start as low as $105 per room per night for January and February stays.

Getting there: The lowest round-trip fares we found on a recent SideStep search for weekend travel to Boston in mid-January are $179 from New York City (JetBlue), $242 from Chicago (JetBlue), $283 from Houston (US Airways), $303 from Miami (AirTran), and $319 from Seattle (JetBlue), and $374 from L.A. (AirTran).

Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal, and check the local weather forecast at before you hit the road.

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.


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