Boston is a beautiful blend of history, athletics, food, culture, and adventure. Whether you want to catch a Sox or Bruins game, or soak up the history around the American Revolution, Boston is the place to be. Museums are plentiful, top notch restaurants abound, and the scenery is hard to beat.
Here are some things you don’t want to miss:
Freedom Trail. Take a trip back in time by following the red brick path through Boston. Points of interest include Boston Common, Paul Revere’s home, Old North Church, three of the oldest cemeteries in the country, and more. Tip: Download the free “Tour Boston’s Freedom Trail” app on your smartphone to get all the background information you need at each stop.
North End. An Italian food and culture hub, entering the North End is like entering another world. Espresso, pastries, breads, and homemade pastas are around every corner. You’ll likely hear chattering in Italian coming from restaurant workers and shopkeepers. Tip: Try Mike’s Pastry for a cannoli (cash only), and Modern Pastry for macaroons. In the North End, there is no such thing as too much dessert.
Cape Cod and Islands. For relief from the busy city, head to Cape Cod and the Islands. See the lighthouses that dot the coast, explore the shops in Sandwich, check out the beaches in Falmouth, tour the John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis, or immerse yourself in the art scene in Provincetown. Tip: There are several ferries that will take you to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket if those are on your bucket list.
Boston is best visited in the spring, summer or fall. Winter brings less expensive plane tickets and fewer tourists, but the weather can be very harsh and getting around in a snowstorm can be tricky. Unless you visit during July or August, bring a light jacket and dress in layers. The city is very easy to navigate via walking and public transit. Renting a car is only worth it if you plan on venturing outside the city to explore other areas of New England.