Touring Cambridge, the country's original college town
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Harvard Square( Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles / November 2, 2012 )
4. You can do Harvard for free, with or without snark.
Founded in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the U.S. The sticker price for undergrads is about $49,000 a year for tuition, room, board and incidentals, and the alumni list includes seven presidents. You'll hear more along these lines on the official student-led Harvard tour. It's free, lasts about an hour, and I liked mine. But there's competition.
Since 2006, Unofficial Tours has been offering unofficial "Hahvahd" tours, also led by students, who dish out more attitude and less reverence. (It was an Unofficial guide who reminded me that the Unabomber studied here.) Unofficial tours are nominally free, but guides suggest a tip of $10 per person.