Boston is the most popular city in New England, for both national and international tourists. That’s because it has a wealth of history, many great restaurants and interesting museums. Plus, beautiful parks, and an exciting nightlife. Boston is an authentic American city without the superficial glitz and glamour of New York City. You need a minimum of 3 days to explore and admire this great city. To optimise your time, follow this 3-day itinerary.
The first ‘thing to do’ is to walk the 4km Freedom Trail, which leads around the city’s most interesting buildings. Not only will you get a free tour of the cities extensive heritage sites but it will also help you with the layout of the land. The trail starts at Boston Common and you simply follow the red painted or red brick line on the ground. A map with details of the stops can be picked up from any of the tourist information booths.
Notable stops on the Freedom Trail include the historical Old Corner Bookstore and Faneuil Hall. This is where many speeches were given to encourage and motivate the American people to become independent from the British. The most famous speaker that stood here is Samuel Adams. Another must see on the trail is Paul Revere’s House. It ends at the Bunker Hill Monument, which was built to commemorate the largest battle fields of the American Revolutionary War in 1775.
After a day of walking, wind down with an evening in Beacon Hill, have a drink in the original Cheers Bar.
Start day two with a trip to the burial ground of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Bulfinch. Mount Auburn Cemetery is such a beautiful resting place with 4,000 species of trees and more than 100 types of luscious shrubs. It was so popular that they have no more burial sites available.
In the afternoon take an educated tour around Harvard University. Walk in the footsteps of famous alumni. For example, actors John Lithgow and Natalie Portman, politicians Barack Obama and Al Gore and one of the richest men on the planet Bill Gates. Whilst there visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
Have an entertaining and sport filled evening at the World-famous Fenway Park. It is open for tours to learn about the history of the Boston Red Socks, but nothing beats a beer and a hot dog while watching the baseball team play before your very eyes.
Relax and walk around Boston’s largest and America’s oldest park, Boston Common. Founded in 1634, this 44-acre green land has year-round activities. If you visit in the summer you can have a picnic and play frisbee. While in the winter months you can ice skate on the frozen lake. If it’s a nice day, hire a bicycle or roller skates to explore the whole park, which has lakes, ponds and bridges. It’s a peaceful place to escape the cities hustle and bustle for a couple of hours.
You can’t leave Boston with visiting the Museum of Fine Arts as it has one of the most comprehensive art collections in the USA. They have Asian and Egyptian art, as well as some of the earliest American art available for public viewing.
The final stop in Boston is Quincy Market. Admire the impressive structure of this historical market, it took two years to build, from 1824. As well as being a National Historic Landmark because of it size, it’s also a great place to pick up your memorable souvenirs.
When is the best time to go?
Boston is a great North American City that is open for all kinds of visitors. While there are plenty of exciting and interesting activities all year round. We suggest visiting in Spring or Autumn as the changeable seasonal colours create a magical atmosphere. The summer months can be uncomfortably hot, while the winter months can reach -2°C. The choice is yours!