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Boston City Guide: How to Spend 48 Hours in Boston

by Travelbag on 13 March 2015, 17:03PM

Of all the cities in the United States, there couldn’t be a better one then Boston, the capital of Massachusetts, to have a 48-hour layover. Nicknamed the “Hub” for travel throughout New England, this historically rich, culturally diverse, deeply patriotic and newly revitalised city is a delight to explore. From the historical landmarks and cultural institutions to the stunning harbour views and world-renowned restaurants, there are plenty of quintessential Boston experiences, with extra time to get a taste of the modernised city. 


Friday Evening
Upon arrival
Most international and domestic flights service Logan International Airport, located just outside downtown Boston.

Check into your hotel, and give yourself time to acclimate. Most food places stay open late on the weekends. If you’re hungry, grab a bite at 75 Chestnut. Fans of the television show “Cheers” will appreciate the diner, as well as the exceptional food. Or, skip dinner and go straight for dessert. The cannolis at Mike's Pastry are legendary.


Day 1
Begin with the Old
Step back in time by tracing the Freedom Trail. The 2.5 mile bricked road passes along 16 historical sites such as museums, churches and like the Paul Revere House and site of the Boston Massacre. All of the stops tell a story about the American Revolution, the people who helped shape the future of the nation and the role Boston played. Depending on how much walking you want to do, it may be best to skip the first half of the trail and finish in the North End.


Traditional New England Fare
Boston is known for its seafood, particularly its lobster and clam chowder - the salty sea breeze and smell of fresh fish wafting through the air is too tempting to resist! Neptune Oyster is small, but it’s one of the best places to sample the region’s best seafood fares. You cannot go wrong with either of the famous lobster roll or clam chowder. The restaurant’s fresh-picked clams and oysters are another New England treat.


Explore the New
Head over to the Museum of Fine Art. The world-renowned museum contains an extensive collection of fine arts, including one of the largest collections of Monet’s pieces. The recently added contemporary section at the museum is a must-see for art lovers.

If you’re visiting during baseball season, catch an evening Boston Red Sox game at the iconic Fenway Park. The stadium is the oldest in Major League Baseball and it’s a cherished landmark of Boston. And while you’re there, don’t miss out on the ballpark hot dogs.


Personal Happy Hour
After all that walking, who couldn’t use a drink? The Drink is a bar unlike any other. Here, you can be your own mixologist, as bartenders encourage you to share your favourite liquors and tastes to concoct your own creation.

Modern Dining
Sample some of Boston’s new culinary hot-spots like Sensing, Scampo and Trade.

Day 2
Shopping in the Morning
Join the locals in strolling the booths of the SoWa Open Market and look out for artisanal crafts, antiques and artwork. On Sundays, the food trucks line the streets for the early-morning shoppers offering them everything from mini lobster sliders to grilled cheese sandwiches and desserts.

Boston’s unique mix of traditional and modern continues with the abundant shopping options. For the classic, high-end designer boutiques and department stores, head to New¬bury Street. For more unique and on-trend clothing and accessories, try the shops in the South End.

The World as Your Oyster
Go to the nearby Fanueil Hall Market. Here, you’ll find all different types of delicious foods from around the world and some of the best clam chowders.  Watch as the street performers vie for passer-by’s’ attention.

Take a Breather
Downtown Boston has undergone a major facelift in recent years. The Rose Kennedy Greenway is part of the newer developments in the city. From the South End, take the mile-long stretch of grass, showcases public art and multiple parks and flourishing greenery. 

End on a High Note
Before dusk, make your way to the Prudential Center Skywalk , the sky high, 360 degree view lookout centre. As the highest point in Boston, it’s a must-see, providing uncompromising views of the city and harbour below.

Cap your night off with an exceptional meal at one of Boston’s finest and most beloved restaurants. Staples like L’Espalier, Craigie on Main and Stephanie’s on Newbury will leave you with a strong lasting impression. 

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