Boston is one of the most iconic cities in America and it’s a great place to visit if you want to see the East Coast because it’s got something for the whole family. It’s got everything that you’d expect to find in a great city; good food, lovely parks, and a great shopping district. But what makes Boston stand out from other cities in the area is the rich cultural heritage and the importance of traditions. All of the history of the diverse people that make this city great has been perfectly preserved. We spent 5 days there last January and despite the bitter cold we had the most incredible time. If you’ve never been before, you absolutely have to. These are some of the best sights to see while you’re there.
One of the best ways to see the city if you’ve never been there before is the Freedom Trail. This 2.5 mile red line on the pavement runs around the city and takes you past some of the best historical sights around the city. Simply follow it and you’ll discover 16 different historical points of interest and see some of the city in the process. The Paul Revere House and the Old North Church are particular highlights, as is the sight of the Boston Massacre. If you do this when you first get there, it’s a good way to get yourself acquainted with the city. Just be aware that it gets very cold in winter so this is probably a better summer activity.
The Boston Common is the oldest urban park in the United States. This amazing 50 acre space in the downtown area is great for walks or picnics, especially in the summer. The Courtyard Boston Brookline is a great hotel in the downtown area where you’ll get good access to the park. Boston can be pretty expensive so if you want to do a few cheap days out while you’re there, the Boston Common is a great option.
If you’re in the mood for some shopping while you’re in Boston, Newbury Street is the place to go. The 8 block stretch houses some great high end shops like Burberry. It’s also lined with some great cafes and restaurants if you want to stop for a bite to eat while you’re out shopping.
Boston has a big Italian-American population and North End is the area where you’ll really see their influence. The whole area is filled with great traditional Italian restaurants and bakeries where you’ll find some of the best food in Boston. You’ll also find the New England Holocaust Memorial there as well.
South End Open Market
If you’re interested in art and design, the best place to go in Boston is South End Open Market. There are so many great galleries and design showcases to visit. There are also a load of brilliant restaurants to eat in so you can easily spend a day and a night there. The galleries aren’t always open to the public but they hold special events fairly regularly where you can get inside and see the artwork.
These are just some of the great things that this amazing city has to offer but each visit will find something new, it’s a real treasure throve and of course the people are the jewel in the crown.