Boston, among USA’s most progressive and pioneering cities, is the heart of Massachusetts. From art & music, sports & food to history, this city doesn’t fail to keep its spirit high and dazzle every individual that lives there or visits. The town, people, and institutions only begin to define the unique essence of Boston. Locally referred to as “Beantown”, the nickname originated in the olden days when Boston, as a stop on a popular trade route with the West Indies, had a flow of molasses from the Caribbean, hence also creating the infamous local dish called the “Boston baked beans”.
Known to be a student’s city and best reputed for its baked beans, Harvard & MIT, The Boston Marathon and Fenway Park, the city has hidden gems only those who wander and visit like locals will discover. One of the best things about Boston is that it is very walkable, making most of these attractions convenient to reach and easy to explore.
A few of my best-loved attractions in the city:
- Harvard University & MIT – The highlight of my trip to Boston was visiting Harvard University as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Even if you’re not a student / teenager, a visit to the campuses of these top-ranked universities is definitely going to be worth your while just soaking in the student lifestyle, the hustle and bustle and the feel of the Ivy covered halls.
- Fenway Park – Home to the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park is the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. One of the most famous attractions of the city, this captivating park is a must visit when in Boston.
- Freedom Trail – The Freedom Trail is a fun way to learn about the history of the city. Following the path from the Boston Common to Charlestown to see 16 landmarks that are historic and significant to the city will help you discover the ancient sights of Boston.
- The Boston Waterfront – Open to the public, the Boston waterfront offers the best views of the city skyline.
- Newbury Street – Newbury Street is Boston’s shopping hotspot. As you walk the beautiful tree-lined street, stop by one of the famous salons, or shop from upscale fashion labels or quaint boutiques.
- Old North Church – The Old North Church is supposedly the most visited historic site in Boston. With its minimal yet calming white walled architecture, this church is historical yet esteemed, making it worth a visit.
- Beacon Hill – A great area to explore by foot, Beacon Hill is a picturesque historic neighborhood in Boston. Whether it’s hiking up the hills, admiring the streets or shopping in a local boutique, this neighborhood will be sure to enthrall you with its charm.
- Boston Common and Public Garden – The Boston Common and Public Garden are located next to each other. Together, they make one of the largest green spaces in the city. Walking the nature trails, feeding the ducks, and riding a swan boat are some of the activities one can partake in here.
Whether you go to Boston as a student, a tourist, a local or on business, this city will never fail to amaze you. From its restaurants and hidden bars to historic attractions and so much more, the city is a perfect blend of fun with history. Even if you’re only visiting for a couple of days, you will agree that this is one of the most amazing, engaging cities in the States.