This historic East Coast city is a fantastic place to vacation thanks to its mix of authentic foods, cultural landmarks, and places to relax. Catch a baseball game or take a tour at Fenway Park, home to the Red Sox, or walk the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile route that passes 16 sites, including King's Chapel and Boston Common.
The North End is Boston's Little Italy, attracting foodies from all over to sample gelato, pizza, and pasta. Mike's Pastry is the most popular for cannoli. Get lost in one of the fantastic museums dotted across the city or visit The Massachusetts State House. Its golden dome is impressive, but venture inside for a glimpse of the Sacred Cod in the House of Representatives Chamber. Symbolizing the importance of the salt cod industry, it is over five feet long.
The New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, and Boston Children's Museum are on the city's waterfront. Travel further afield and take in the views from Boston Harbour Islands, a short ferry ride from downtown. The islands feature forts, hiking trails, and the nation's oldest running lighthouse, Boston Light.
Many visit the city to take a tour of one of the schools. Harvard University, Boston College, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are all here. The schools also host popular football, basketball, and other sports games. Booking tickets in advance is recommended. Boston is a city with plenty of history to explore. Go ahead and make your own.
America's oldest botanical garden, Boston's Public Garden, covers 24 acres in Beacon Hill. As well as strolling and enjoying the plants, you can see the world's smallest suspension bridge or ride the famous swan boats, which have been on the four-acre pond since 1877.
Authentic Italian food is available in any one of the many eateries in Boston's North End — or try a New England lobster roll on the waterfront. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which includes Quincy, North, and South Markets, is a great place to find all kinds of restaurants and food stalls
Boston is walkable, but you can use the T, America's first subway system, to get from place to place faster.. Or, you can rent a bike from Boston's Hubway, which has stations spread out across the city.
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has over half a million objects for you to marvel at. The Boston Tea Party Museum is interactive and features a re-enactment as well as replicas of the ships that were part of the event. Although not technically a museum, the Boston Public Library features an architecture tour that shows off Renaissance architecture and hidden treasures, such as rare paintings and murals.
Tours of the university are completely free and take around an hour. You don't have to register for a place on the tour, it is first come, first served. However, each tour is capped at around 35 people to make sure everyone can see and hear the guide.