Welcome to Brilliance in Beantown

Go ahead and stare into the Brilliance of Beantown. Not blinding but enlightening, the city and its place in American history are formidable, of course, but Boston also wears the 21st century well.

Brilliance in BeantownFrom its downtown core to the outlying areas, Boston is a city with something for everyone: history and high technology, academic excellence and neighborhood ethnicity, financial prominence and sports enthusiasm, scientific achievements and a thrilling cultural scene. This mix of Colonial charm and urban sophistication is almost completely surrounded by water, with the Atlantic Ocean on two sides and the Charles River running alongside the back side of the city.

Boston is a perfect place for shoppers, restaurant connoisseurs and people who simply enjoy visiting the sites around town. The Freedom Trail is a good place to start, with its 3-mile historic walk through old Boston and Charlestown. The 48-acre Boston Common, America's first public park, runs alongside the flower-filled Public Garden. Nearby is the Bull and Finch Pub, inspiration for the TV series Cheers.

There's so much more, from Faneuil Hall Marketplace to the diverse selection of museums to the cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill to the Italian shops and restaurants of the North End.

The Annual Gathering, hosted by American Mensa and Mensa Canada and scheduled July 2-6, is the center of that cultural and intellectual universe in 2014 — join us!

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