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With so much history wrapped up in one city, Boston is a must see. From the history of Samuel Adams and the American patriots to Sam Adams beer and the New England Patriots, there is something for everyone.
Population: 694,583 as of 2018
Name origin: Boston in Lincolnshire, England
Surrounded by: Multiple waterways including Charles River, Boston Harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Fun fact: Contrary to popular belief, Paul Revere, whose house is still standing in the city’s North End, did not exclaim “The British are coming!” Instead, it is believed that he warned American rebels that the “regulars” were coming.
Top things to do in the city;
- Walk the Freedom Trail
- Visit Paul Revere’s house
- Explore Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market
- Shop on Newbury Street
- Throw tea in the harbor
- Stroll near the Charles River
- Ride the swan boat
- Take in the view from the Top of the Hub
- Stop by Harvard
- Take a picture on Acorn Street
Top things to do outside the city;
- Get spooked in Salem
- Drive to Cape Cod
- Take the ferry to Provincetown
Recommended places to eat;
- Cheers- Home of the world-famous TV show
- Antico Forno- Small, but authentic Italian restaurant
- Top of the Hub- Steak house style with killer view of the city
- Tatte Bakery- Some of the best pastries you will find in the states
- Southern Kin- Southern comfort food with a twist
- Friendly Toast- Quirky spot with great breakfast/brunch
- Atlantic Fish Company- All of the New England greats
- DRINK- Swanky spot in the Seaport with artistic cocktails
- Hawthorne- Sophisticated bar attached to Hotel Commonwealth
- Envoy- Roof top bar overlooking downtown Boston and the river
- Lansdowne Pub- Irish pub across the street from Fenway Park
- Bleacher Bar- Bar “inside” Fenway’s outfield
- Omni Parker House- Good cocktails and home to the original Boston cream pie
Hotels that were recommended to me;
- Hotel Commonwealth- Beautiful hotel, just across the bridge from Fenway Park
- Godfrey Hotel- Downtown financial district that is a hidden gem
- The Verb- quirky hotel a block away from Fenway
- Residence Inn Back Bay- Blocks away from Fenway and on the same block as a lot of restaurants and entertainment
Beyond the city;
- New England Patriots- NFL
- New England Revolution- MLS
Five things you need to know about the city;
- Not everyone has an accent. In fact, there are only a small amount of people who have thick Boston accents.
- People do say wicked. But, no one says “Wicked Pissah.”
- Harvard Yard is a large grassy area, so there is no where to actually park a car.
- The North End is also known as “Little Italy” because of all of the amazingly authentic Italian restaurants. If you are hoping to buy gelato or a pastry, bring cash.
- Aside from feeling more like a town than a city, Boston is home to 35 colleges.
When staying in the city, the best ways to get around are walking and the subway (the T). The first two years I lived in Boston, I didn’t own a car. It was only necessary on weekend trips, and even then I took the train (Commuter Rail of Amtrak) most places. You can easily get from the Logan International Airport (blue line) to anywhere in Boston proper. Check out this subway map for more details.
All recommendations are my own. Feel strongly about having something added? Let me know!