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This Amazing America: Boston, Mass.

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In 1938, Greyhound published the booklet This Amazing America highlighting some of the great things you can do when you travel. Today, we call these Hound Gems. Here’s a look back at what we thought you should visit then with a few more of our favorite attractions.

Our first stop on our This Amazing America tour is Boston, Massachusetts.

  • In 1938, we told you about the world’s shortest suspension bridge in the Public Gardens. If you’re in town, you can still visit the bridge and ride on the swan boats. However, the 1967 bridge is no longer a suspension bridge, and actually wasn’t at the time of publication, it was converted into a girder bridge in 1921, though you can still see the suspension elements.


  • Lamenting your lack of artistic talent? A visit to the Museum of Bad Art should change that. The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory. You can even buy a t-shirt.


  • No trip is complete without a trip to a sewage treatment plant that used to be a prison – right? Don’t worry  we’re told that the plant doesn’t affect visitors enjoyment though you can take a tour if you wish! The rest of Deer Island is actually a popular stop for walking, cycling, and picnics. You will also be treated to sweeping views of the harbor and downtown Boston as you learn about the island’s rich history.


  • When visiting Boston, think about visiting historic city of Salem. A quick bus ride from Boston, you can follow a red line along the cobblestone paths to see most of the historic sites and museums. Learn about the 17th Century witch trials, go on a ghost hunt, and visit the House of the Seven Gables – one of the oldest houses in the country. For something a little less scary, there are plenty of beaches nearby.


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