It is one of the most welcoming and liveable cities of the US East Coast, quietly nestled on Shawmut Peninsula right next to the Massachusetts Bay and its beautiful Harbor Islands.
Famous for being one of the four historic “capitals” of the United States of America (along with Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia), home of a prestigious university, Harvard, of the major museums and one of the most beautiful historic districts across the country, Beacon Hill.
However are still a few who decided to remain in town for more than a day, the capital of Massachusetts is primarily used as a starting point for one of the routes most suggestive of North America, the New England.
An enchanting land crossed by lighthouses, old port cities, islands, national parks and impressive mountain ranges, through New Hampshire and Vermont up to the Maine, on the border with Canada.
Boston definitely worth for a longer stay.
Here is a short route to the places, historical and not, not to be missed if you decide to visit it.
The Freedom Trail
The best way to explore and discover the city of Boston, through an exciting historical journey.
The Way of Liberty develops along a double strip of red brick, through a route of about 4 km and leads to the most important places in the history of the American Revolution and the subsequent War of Independence against England.
It starts from the Boston Common, the first public park in the United States, created in 1634 in the city center, and you go through the whole city, through famous sites like the State House, the first building of the american government which inspired the construction of the Capitol Hill in Washington.
Then Old State House, home of the colonial government where the spark of the revolution broke out against the english oppressors and where in 1776 was read for the first time in public the Declaration of Independence.
The Faneuill Hall, the first market of the city now become home of the Quincy Market until arriving in Charlestown Navy Yard, where it is docked the USS Constitution, built in 1797, the oldest warship of the Navy of the United States, nicknamed Old Ironsides for having resisted to the fire of the english guns.
On the official website of the City of Boston is available, and can be downloaded free of charge, the complete itinerary with the map and description of the places. It is also possible to book, for those interested, at the information points located in downtown, a private guided tours in original costumes of the seventeenth century.
One of the oldest areas (dating from 1760), still the most exclusive in Boston, located in the east of downtown, not far from Boston Common.
The old houses, built with the typical federal style, develop from the hill towards the Charles River, offering spectacular views.
The center of the district is built around Louisburg Square and it is precisely in this place that there are the most prestigious residences.
Being a private residential area is allowed to visit to admire the architecture and the streets but in absolute silence, to not disturb.
The Quincy Market
Opened in 1740 as the market for the sale of agricultural products, composed of a colonial building in red brick, the Fanueill Hall, behind which develop three long granite buildings that make up the Quincy Market, restored and back to its ancient splendor.
An endless series of stands of local delicacies and not, in the interior of the buildings you can enjoy more than thirty different cuisines representing different countries of the world while outside on the square is invaded by souvenir shops and gadgets of the legendary Red Sox, one of the most successful teams in Major League Baseball’s American.
It ‘easy in the side streets meet local artists offering great music in exchange for a few cents.
The ideal place in short, for a quick lunch break.
Born in 1800, has been used for the storage of the goods arriving by sea.
This promenade with benches, small shops, trendy bars and seafood restaurants near the Massachusetts Bay is one of the most beautiful places of the city, ideal for a sunset stroll.
Along with the museums and the New England Aquarium, one of the largest and most spectacular aquariums in the country, from here you can take part in many day trips that depart for spotting whales in the open sea or to reach the beautiful Harbor Islands.
34 small islands located the entrance of the Bay of Boston and declared National Park Area, which with the ferry boat from Long Wharf can be reached in half an hour.
The islands offer different entertainment options, from relaxing walks in contact with nature, in search of the rich testimonies of the Native American tribes in 1600, the first European colonial settlements, the places of the Revolution and the wonderful lighthouses.
Cambridge and Harvard
To the west of the city, exactly on the opposite side of the Charles River, you can find the university town of Cambridge known for its lively nightlife and for the prestigious Harvard University, the oldest in the United States, which is right in the inside.
It’s possible to move freely around the campus (not forget to stop in the middle of Old Harvard Yard for a photo with the statue of John Harvard, it seems to bring good luck) and view the most important buildings as the Widener Library, one of the largest libraries in the US with its 3 million texts, and museums such as the Fogg Art, within which there are many masterpieces of European art spanning a period of nearly a thousand years.
If you have time do not miss the chance to take part in a guided tour aboard these original amphibious vehicles.
There’s who claims that they are the same ones used during the Second World War (do you remember the Battle of Normandy?).
Accompanied by a ConDUCKtor, a guide that tells the anecdotes and the details of the places seen, in about an hour you cross the most significant sites of the city and, being amphibious vehicles, the waters of the Charles River.
The starting points of the tour are three, the Museum of Science, the Prudential Center and the New England Aquarium.
Located on the 50th floor of Prudential Center, one of the most famous skyscrapers of Boston, this observation platform offers a spectacular 360 ° views of Boston, the rugged coastline of the bay and the surrounding hinterland.