The historic city of Boston - oh, you're gonna fall in love with it right away! Its historic significance, its vibe, the many amazing activities offered; Boston ticks all the boxes on my list for the ideal must-visit destination.
Opt for a fall visit, like I did, to get the most out of the city since Boston is known for its particularly heavy winters – weather plays a significant role to all prospect visitors of the city.
You can plan your trip to be either full-schedule or rather relaxed. It is totally up to you. What's certain is that the following points of interest are a must when in the city. And since the city has a lot to offer a separate "where to eat & drink" post is going to follow.
1. Walk at the Boston Public Garden
The Boston Public Garden is a must-see, must-visit, must-live and must-do for every traveler visiting Boston. Established in 1837, the Boston Public Garden was the first public botanical garden in the U.S. and up to this day, it is one of the most idyllic places to enjoy a peaceful morning.
It is easily accesible, especially via the Freedom Trail. Grab a coffee-to-go and walk through the 24 all-green acres of the garden. You'll love the swans in the lake, you'll get to meet the friendliest squirrels ever and enjoy a few moments of absolute tranquility before going on with your day.
2. Enjoy a long walk at Beacon Hill
A dreamy neighborhood, next to the Boston Public Garden – you'll love it!
Pebbled alleys, cute houses made out of brick and a vintage vibe that travels tou back in time are some of the elements that will make you fall in love with this premium part of the town. Ideally situated on top of the hill, it offers a magical view, apart from the historic vibe. An overall premium neighborhood with hip details and some of the most amazing shops to dine and shop.
3. Plan a Self-Guided Tour at the Harvard University
A trip to Boston won't be complete unless it includes a Harvard University visit.
The capital of Massachusetts takes pride in being one of the educational leaders around the world. Some of the most important colleges and universities offer educational excellence to the future leaders and pioneers graduating from them. Harvard University and MIT are two of the world's most exceptional schools and they are both the reason why Cambridge connects to Boston with the same red metro line, even though the city of Cambridge is on the other side of the Charles river.
A visit to Harvard should include: a coffee in one hand and a lot of walking around the campus. Don't skip a visit to the Memorial Church, the Harvard Art Museums and the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. Plan it ahead or join a Walking Tour (you can find more info at the Harvard Information Desk). The Harvard Science Center, the Memorial Hall and the Widener Library are also worth visiting.
4. Enjoy the view from above
There are many spots offering amazing view to the city. There's one though that offers spectacular breathtaking view: the Skywalk Observatory. Climb up to the 50th floor to enjoy a 360 view – plan a morning visit or a visit during the golden hour.
What better than watching the sunset with a cocktail on hand? You will find one at the Bar Restaurant on the 52nd floor of the Observatory.
The 4km historic path that goes through downtown Boston begins from the Boston Common – the oldest public park in the United States. The path leads to some of the most important local landmarks and historic locations.
There are plenty of tours offered, though I'd suggest to skip the organised tours and walk the historic path in your own pace. The 16 locations of historic significance feature notable buildings, graveyards, churches and other buildings. Guided tours will provide you with detailed information concerning each of the stops marked along the trail.
6. Lunch at the Feneuil Hall
The Feneuil Hall is a well-known stop on the Freedom Trail and one of the most well-organised foodhalls in the United States, part of a larger marketplace with a vintage market and delicious cuisines.
Stop by to taste some of the most delicious dishes from all over the world in one place!
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