Boston is one of the oldest towns in the United States and is best known for its rich history, architecture and academic institutions. Boston is the capital and largest city of Massahusetts and the largest town in the region of New England with flowering trees and fall leafy trees in spring and autumn. Boston is steeped in early American history, as the setting for many historic events that lead to the American revolution. Boston Hafen is once known for its lighthouses and festivals as the scene of the Boston Tea Party event.