History and heritage, shopping and dining, sport and academic prowess – just some of beautiful Boston’s many attractions.
Boston traces its history back to 1630, which is ancient by North American standards. Famous as the cradle of the American Revolution, this lovely, laid-back city is a jewel in the crown of New England. See the major sights on a short break, or spend longer getting to know this friendly community on the banks of the Charles River.
Over six million people live in the 21 neighbourhoods of Boston, ranging from trendy Jamaica Plain and South Boston to upmarket Beacon Hill and historic Back Bay, where most of the city’s iconic brownstone buildings are situated. Nearby Fenway Park is the home of the world-famous Boston Red Sox baseball team, while the Financial District has added controversial modern skyscrapers to the historic Boston skyline.
Boston Common, the oldest city park in the USA, is a green and airy oasis in the busy “downtown” area and a favourite meeting place for families and friends, especially in summer when the quirky swan boats take to the water. The common is also the start of the Freedom Trail, a 4-kilometre walk that passes many of the city’s major historical landmarks, including Paul Revere House, home of the famous patriot and hero of the Revolution. A popular stop-off point on the trail is the market at Faneuil Hall, where you can snatch a quick bite to eat while enjoying the street performers and the lively atmosphere.
The city has a wealth of museums where you can spend a day admiring fine art or learning more about the natural world. Visit world-famous Harvard University to wander among its historic buildings and absorb its special atmosphere, or lose yourself in Boston’s twisting streets and tranquil squares.
The city centre is compact enough to explore on foot, but when you need a rest the public transport system is convenient, reliable and easy to navigate. As the evening closes in, sample some of the eclectic local cuisine, which reflects the influence of decades of immigration in the early part of the 20th century, or make friends with the locals in one of the city’s famous Irish bars.