Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States and major city in Massachusetts. Its plethora of museums, historical sites, and wealth of live performances, all explain why the city gets 16.3 million visitors a year, making it one of the ten most accepted tourist locations in the country. Even though not in Boston, the neighboring city of Cambridge (just across the Charles River, home to Harvard and MIT) is part of the larger urban area and an essential addition to any visit to Boston.
Places to visit in Boston:
- The Boston Harbor and Long Wharf: Take a walk down the river for breathtaking views of the skyline of Boston.
- Stop by the Parker House Hotel in downtown Boston well-known for the Parker House Rolls and the place where many a Boston politician has agreed a nomination speech.
- The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the premiere museums in the country, go as an alternative to the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum, which is right about the corner and the former home of one of Boston’s most eccentric women, Isabella Stewart Gardiner.
- Harvard Square and Harvard Yard-Contrary to trendy belief, there’s more to Harvard than the Harvard Yard. Get lost between the stacks of books, magazines, postcards and all other things Harvard Crimson at the Harvard Square Bookstore. Although strolling around the first university in the country, stop by the statue of John Harvard.
- In Cambridge, have a look around the other famous college in the area, Massachusetts Institute of Technology- better known as M.I.T. The buildings that make up the campus of M.I.T. make for an ideal “Kodak moment.”
- Museum of Science and the Franklin Park Zoo: Two huge places to take the kids or the kids at heart.
- Fenway Park- Join the “Red Sox Nation” in reassuring on the 2004 baseball champions, the Boston Red Sox.
- Speaking of politicians, visit places that keep the memory of the Kennedy’s alive- the J.F.K Library in Columbia Point, the J.F.K birthplace in Brookline, and if you have time, the Kennedy’s summer home in Hyannis on Cape Cod.
- Boston is known for its seafood, but takes a subway (called the “T”) ride to the city of Revere and has a bite at Kelly’s, which is recognized all over the city for its Roast Beef sandwiches.
- If you’d rather make your own food, join the locals at Haymarket Square in the North End for the farmer’s market. Do you want a history lesson in American History and then you’ve come to the correct place.
- For the music lover in you, take in a concert on the Hatch Shell, near the Charles River, particularly on July 4th to catch Keith Lockhart conducting the Boston Pops.
- To get a quick history lesson, visit the following historical sites, Paul Revere’s House, Old North Church, the Old State House, Bunker Hill, and the towns of Lexington and Concord where the first shots of the American Revolutionary War were fired.
- • On a hot summer’s day, do what a lot of visitors to Boston do, head down to Boston Common, which is a park, not a television show, and take a ride on a boat that’s built in the shape of a swan.
- I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the most accepted tourist site in Boston, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall.
- Finally, get to be familiar with some of Boston’s neighborhoods, the North End, the South End, South Boston, Beacon Hill, the Back Bay, and Charlestown.
Hotels at Boston:
Fairmont Battery Wharf
The Lenox Hotel
The Back Bay Hotel
The Inn at St Botolph
Radisson Hotel Boston