A cultural hub, Boston features a rich history and wonderful architecture when attracting the many world visitors that it welcomes each and every year.
Also known as the Cradle of Liberty, the Hub of the Universe and the Athens of America, it has garnered a certain glory that gives character to an old city in Massachusetts. The small town atmosphere of the city makes for a charming destination and the beautiful cobbled streets and old style townhouses add character to a modern location.
With the colonial architecture and plethora of historic landmarks, this is a clean and easy to navigate city that packs a lot of punch. In a lot of ways it is a unique experience in the United States.
Take it easy in the afternoon as you hit the leafy three-mile path of the Charles River Esplanade. Across the water you will see the city of Cambridge while around you will be greenery, sail boats and lemonade stands as you enjoy the rather clement weather. Elsewhere, the Boston Public Garden is a beautiful park, the Common is pretty, Arnold Arboretum is great for a walk and the Waterfront has stunning views.
If you’re a sports fan then you have to make time to go and see Fenway Park. Home of the baseball team the Boston Red Sox since 1912 it is an amazing landmark and known for the 37-foot left field wall that is referred to as the “Green Monster”. The modern TD Garden arena is also available for catching an NBA game with the Boston Celtics.
The contrast of cobbles to skyscrapers is a pointed indicator to how the city operates. History plays a huge role in the pull of Boston and from the Puritans who made this their ‘shining city on a hill’ in a search for religious freedom to modern day where it is a forward-thinking, fast-paced metropolis that attracts a multitude of characters.
It has always been a progressive city and this was the birthplace of the Sons of Freedom during the War for Independence before Boston’s philosophers and poets brought about a cultural revolution for causes like transcendentalism and feminism. Don’t miss the Museum of Fine Arts, as it is one of the city’s most loved tourist hotspots and a wonderful experience which can demand a full day.
Get a feel for the new era down towards the south end which has grown incredibly fast to become a something of trendy hotspot with some of Boston’s best restaurants and boutiques.
The Freedom Trail is unmissable if you are interested in the history of the Boston and the United States. On a 2.5-mile route there are 16 historic sites that tell a story of the American Revolution as it started in this great city. You can take a tour or meander around yourself as you explore these landmarks.
Other places to see are the Boston Public Library that was opened in 1852, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum down on the Waterfront and the JFK Presidential Museum & Library which is perfect for history buffs. The Boston Pops and Ballet are a great night out while the famous Beacon Hill is a famous heritage site.
The capital of Massachusetts, Boston isn’t the biggest city but it is full of heart and charm. A cultural centre on the New England coast, it is a place to take in some history and enjoy a memorable holiday.
A welcoming, educated population greet you into the city as you enjoy the museums and buzz of a unique American city which is best seen in the autumn when the tree-lined streets turn into stunning autumnal colours.
Boston has been a key part in the story of the United States; a place that has helped set the foundations to the most powerful country on the planet. From Harvard to nearby Salem, there are places known for various reasons and you can put yourself at the heart of the American Revolution with the Freedom Trail.
Things to do in Boston
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Consider both the weather and the fact that Boston is undeniably a walking city when you are preparing to pack for a trip to Massachusetts. With this in mind, the first thing to pack is sturdy outdoor shoes that are comfortable. This isn’t only for the amount of walking but the fact that cobblestone and brick pavements are common. When it is warm then sandals are fine but make sure they are closed toe.
The unpredictable weather means you are best bringing an umbrella regardless of the season while a lightweight canvas bag is great for carrying additional bits that you might need throughout the day. With this in mind, think about layers when you are travelling to Boston. Vest, shirts, sweaters and jackets are great for winter while loose cotton clothing is ideal for the summer.
Attire in Boston is fairly conservative so you don’t want to be too casual, especially when walking around the city. Neutral colours are fine and in the evening you will want something a little smarter as the evening unfolds. As with anywhere, plenty of the clubs have strict dress rules so keep this in mind if you are planning to head out in the evening.
“If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute it will change”. That is a typical saying in Boston and the city is known for its hard to predict weather throughout the year. This is down to the fact that it has mountains to the north and west with the ocean laying in the east.
Whilst weather fluctuations are common, you can expect cold and snowy winters with hot and humid summers. The seasonal variations are very obvious and most people prefer to visit in the autumn when the weather is warm and mostly dry so you can explore all that Boston has to offer. Spring can be difficult to predict as rain is normal but with the gardens beginning to bloom it is a beautiful time to see the city.
December through April sees plenty of snow, making it the ideal location for a white Christmas. July and August can hit the other end of the scale by being hot and humid.
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