Fly from Manchester to Boston via London and you'll soon find yourself falling for one of the USA's oldest cities. The majestic Massachusetts capital is the historical start of democracy in America, and the city's reputation for excellence and innovation has continued in the world class academic institutions of Harvard University and MIT. Off campus, a Red Sox baseball game is the perfect chance to participate in another local tradition - being fiercely loyal to your team (just don't mention the New York Yankees).
But it's not all books and balls. Breweries are another celebrated Boston speciality, with local craft beers waiting to be enjoyed as the perfect accompaniment to the city's vibrant art and music scene. And when Boston has you spent, head out of town to some favourite local escapes and take in the quintessential white picket fences of coastal Cape Cod or the dazzling fall leaves of Rockport - all in easy reach, with daily flights from Manchester to Boston with Virgin Atlantic.