Capital of Massachusetts, Boston is a unique blend of colonial history and cutting-edge innovation.Each of the city has a remarkably different style and tone. From the Back Bay’s cosmopolitan streets and ornate Victorian town houses to the aromas spilling into the narrow and jumbled 17-century streets of Boston’s North End to the spirited and funky neighborhood squares of Cambridge – all within easy distance from one another.
Best time to Visit:
The best time to visit Boston is from June to October, as the place experiences its major tourist footfall in these months when the weather is pleasant and the place is open for various sightseeing.
Places to Explore:
It is America’s first historic walking tour, the Freedom Trail is a path that includes 16 of Boston’s most important Revolutionary War sites. Marked by a line of red paint, the 2.5-mile (4 km) trail starts at the Boston Common, the oldest park in the United States. The tour leads visitors past the Old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre, where British troops fired into a crowd of protesting citizens.
Designed by architect Alexander Parris and completed in 1826, Quincy Market is as well known for its architectural style as it is for the food that is offered inside. It has more than 20 restaurants and 40 stalls. Named after Boston mayor Josiah Quincy, the rectangular-shaped edifice was built in the Greek Revival style that Thomas Jefferson introduced to America as break from the Georgian architecture.
Bordered by the Charles River, the Back Bay neighborhood was so named because it was built on what once were stagnant pools of water. Today, the late-19th-century neighborhood is an upscale, fashionable district with picturesque streets lined with Victorian homes, trendy restaurants and chic boutiques. The neighborhood is also home to the Boston Public Garden, the oldest and largest botanical garden in the nation.
America’s oldest public park, Boston Common was acquired by the city’s Puritan founders in 1634. First used as a cow pasture, the park is also the site of many historic events. The British used the area as a camp at the start of the Revolutionary War. A plaque in the park marks the spot where public hangings were held. A kiosk hosted by Boston’s Freedom Trail Foundation offers visitors information about the park’s monuments. Landscaped with shady trees, fountains and a pond, Boston Common is a pleasant place to take a break from sightseeing excursions as well.
Located in Boston’s downtown district, Faneuil Hall is best known for the role that the brick building played during the American Revolution. Although built as a marketplace in 1742 with funds that donor Peter Faneuil acquired in the slave trade, the second-story assembly rooms became a gathering spot for patriots yearning for freedom. Among them was the lawyer James Otis, who not only gave the building its nickname, the “Cradle of Liberty,” but coined the rallying cry “no taxation without representation” as well.
Berthed at Pier 1 on the Harbor walk, the USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat, and it still sets sail every Fourth of July to commemorate America’s independence. Launched in 1797, the three-masted Constitution was named by President George Washington in honor of the Constitution of the United States. The thick, durable hull on the wooden frigate earned the ship its nickname “Old Iron sides” during the War of 1812 when the ship gained fame for defeating five British warships. The ship is open to the public year round with free tours provided by US Navy personnel.
Fenway Park has been home to the Boston Red Sox baseball team since 1912, and for the city’s inhabitants, it’s one of Boston’s most loved landmarks. As America’s oldest major-league stadium in continuous use, the park is a must-see attraction for fans of the sport as well.
Boston Harbor Islands:
The 34 islands that lie off the coast of Boston offer visitors endless opportunities for fun in the sun and sea. Thirteen of the islands are included in the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. Must-see attractions includes the Civil War Fort Warren on Georges Island and the public beach on Spectacle Island, which is only a 15-minute ferry ride away from the city’s Long Wharf.
Things to bring back home:
Beacon Hill Chocolates
When in Boston, make sure to stop by Beacon Hill Chocolates to buy some delicious Boston souvenirs. Here they sell some really good chocolate that anyone with a sweet tooth will love.
Boston is the birthplace of American liberty and mass transportation. It’s in this state that you’ll find the oldest and fourth largest transit system in the US. Visit the MBTA store to buy some old memorabilia.
Boston Baked Beans
Boston is famous for their Boston Baked beans recipe that’s loved by both locals and tourists.
If you enjoy this dish, make sure to buy a package of the Boston Baked Beans candies.
You can find them in vending machines and supermarkets in Boston.
Sophie Huges is a jewelry designer based in Boston, USA. She runs the store called Ore, which is the place where you can shop her beautiful jewelry. In this store you can shop everything from necklaces and earrings to bracelets.