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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Hilton Hotels, from $123 per room per night
The Woman of the Year Mother's Day package includes a bouquet of flowers in your room upon arrival, breakfast or brunch for two, and accommodations at one of two Hilton properties. The 267-room Doubletree Hotel Boston-Downtown is located in the theater district, two blocks from the Boston Common and the Public Garden, across the street from the New England Medical Center, and within walking distance to the Freedom Trail. Airport-hotel transfers are not provided; expect to pay $25 each way for a taxi. The 197-room Doubletree Club Hotel Boston-Bayside is next to the Boston Bayside Expo & Conference Center. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, about five miles away. Rates start from $123 per room per night.

When: May 10-11, 2008.

Details: Taxes are an additional 12.45 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. To book, use code MDP.

Contact: 800/222-8733, hiltonfamilyboston.com.

The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, from $199 per room per night
The Pay Your Birth Year package includes one night at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers at the $199 room rate—and a second night at a rate equal to the last two digits of the year you were born. (If you were born in 1950, you pay $50.) The historic 950-room downtown hotel has undergone several renovations since opening in 1927. It's adjacent to the Public Garden and has eight restaurants and lounges, including Todd English's Bonfire Steakhouse, Swans Café, and McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant. Rates for the first night start at $199 per room. This special offers savings of more than $100 for the second night, depending on the year you were born.

When Through Dec. 30, 2008. The $199 rate is available May 23-30, June 29-July 3, Aug. 31-Sept. 12, Nov. 23-30, and Dec. 14-30.

Details: Breakfast is not included. Taxes are an additional 12.45 percent. Based on double or single occupancy. Must be 18 to qualify for the offer, and you must present ID to verify your birthday. The minimum and maximum stay for this promotion is two nights. To book, refer to the rate code BIRTH.

Contact: 800/225-2008, bostonparkplaza.com.

Hotel Marlowe, from $329 per room per night
The Baseball as America package includes one night at Hotel Marlowe and breakfast for four (valued at up to $100) at Bambara, a Cambridge, Mass., restaurant serving a New American menu. You'll also score four VIP passes to the Museum of Science, featuring the "Baseball As America" exhibit, and classic baseball treats, Cracker Jacks and soda. Two Kimpton Kids Kits, which include a sudsy bath sponge, a deck of Kimpton playing cards, a yo-yo, a kids' luggage tag, a coloring pad with crayons, and a Kimpton Kids backpack, round out the offer. The hotel sits on the bank of the Charles River in Cambridge, across from downtown Boston. The venue's eclectic style is reflected in the decor of its 236 rooms—a mix of gold, crimson, and blue hues, plush velvet fabrics, and animal-print carpeting. Rates start at $329 per room per night. Note that $329 is the typical room rate during peak season, so this package provides the added value of breakfast for four and the VIP museum tickets.

When: June 15-Sept. 1, 2008.

Details: Taxes are an additional 12.45 percent. Based on occupancy by one to four people. If you're driving, nightly rates are $20 for self-parking and $30 for valet.

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Contact: 800/825-7140, kimptonhotels.com.

The Liberty Hotel, from $385 per room per night
The 298-room Liberty Hotel is wedged between a six-mile-long yard, known as the Charles River Esplanade, and the renowned antiques shopping center at Beacon Hill. It's a lovely setting, particularly during the summer, when the hotel is offering two packages. The Esplan-aaahhh-de Weekend Fun Package includes one night's luxury accommodations in a "Fantastic" room (you can choose between a king-size bed or two double beds); a bicycle rental from the hotel; complimentary use of Frisbee, bocce ball, or Wiffle ball sets; and discounts on sailboat or kayak rentals at Community Boating. Rates start at $385 per room per night. The Swing! Batter, Batter! package includes one night in a "Spectacular" room with a view of the city's landmark neon Citgo sign and the lights at Fenway Park, a Boston Red Sox 2007 World Series Collectors' Edition DVD set, a Wiffle ball set, and two tickets to the "Baseball As America" exhibit at the Museum of Science. Rates start at $425 per room per night. By booking either of these packages, you'll save an average of 10-15 percent off the regular room rate.

When: June 15-Sept. 1, 2008.

Details: Neither package includes breakfast. Taxes are an additional 12.45 percent. Based on double or single occupancy.

Contact: 866/507-5245, libertyhotel.com.

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

Getting there: The lowest round-trip fares we've found on a recent SideStep search for departures around Mother's Day are $220 from L.A. (American Airlines), $224 from New York City (JetBlue), $231 from Chicago (AirTran), $273 from Miami (US Airways), $326 from Seattle (Northwest), and $372 from Houston (AirTran). For departures in late June, fares start from $144 from New York (JetBlue), $246 from Chicago (JetBlue), $283 from Miami (US Airways), $316 from Houston (US Airways), $380 from Seattle (Continental), and $389 from L.A. (AirTran).

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