Boston

Boston is a city packed with culture and long-standing traditions. Its history dates back to the early 17th century with the earliest settlers migrating from England. Boston is the oldest major city in the U.S. and emerged as a leader in intellectual and industrial circles, noted for establishing the first public school, Boston Latin School, and first University, Harvard, in 1635-36, as well as the first printing press in nearby Cambridge in 1639.

With its well-positioned harbor, Boston became the leading commercial center in the early colonies, eventually dubbed “The Hub of the Universe” by Oliver Wendell Holmes. Colonial Boston was a leader in shipbuilding and the primary port of North America. It was the birthplace of freedom during the late 18th century during a pivotal stage in American history where such events as the Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill successively set the stage for what would be the American Revolution in 1776.

Boston is an intimate yet world-class cosmopolitan city home to more than 600,000 people throughout its 20 neighborhoods, as well as a thriving college community that includes such high profile universities as Boston College, Boston University, MIT, and Northeastern. It’s a storied sports town that is home to historic venues like Fenway Park, and for nearly 70 years, the legendary Boston Garden, as well as major sports teams including baseball’s Red Sox, basketball’s Celtics and America’s first professional hockey team, the Bruins. Boston is also site of the nation’s oldest, most revered Patriots’ Day tradition, the Boston Marathon.

Atlanta

Atlanta started as a railroad junction in the 1830s and quickly became the transport hub of the South. Its strategic importance was a major reason the Union Army targeted it for attack during the outbreak of the Civil War. Today, Atlanta remains a vital transportation hub, not only to the U.S. but the entire world.

The capital city of Georgia was first known as the “Capital of the New South” during the post-Reconstruction era and was at the forefront of an economic renaissance. The birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and the center of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, Atlanta is known today as a city with strong ties to its heritage. It’s also well known for hosting the 1996 Olympic Games, the Atlanta Braves baseball dynasty and as home to the global broadcasting network CNN.

Located in the southeastern region of the country, Atlanta’s modern metropolitan area maintains a population upwards of 4.1 million and is marked by a number of distinct districts that comprise its 130 square miles, including the Perimeter, Five Points, Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, and the West End, Atlanta’s oldest neighborhood.

Anaheim

It’s difficult to imagine that in such a beautiful and bright place that’s home to a magic kingdom, land was once purchased for a mere $2 an acre. Back in 1889 that’s exactly how it began when two German settlers acquired their “home by the river” to grow grapes and produce wine, which began a thriving agricultural industry that carried on until shortly after the second World War.

In 1955, Walt Disney introduced Californians to the world’s first Magic Kingdom, one that predated its “worldly” Floridian brethren by 16 years, and was the start of a string of successive developments that would include the former Anaheim Stadium, currently Edison Field, where the Angels baseball team plays, Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, the home to the Mighty Ducks hockey team, and the creation of the monumental Anaheim Resort, an 1,100-acre garden district that also includes the Anaheim Convention Center and Disneyland Resort.

With a population of nearly 330,000, Anaheim is the second largest city in Orange County next to Santa Ana. It is located approximately 28 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, 31 miles southeast of Los Angeles International Airport, 90 miles north of San Diego, and 400 miles south of San Francisco. Anaheim is also neighbored by several popular Orange County cities and coastal towns such as Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Laguna, Irvine, Costa Mesa and others, and is less than an hour drive from the Hollywood and Beverly Hills.