Boston Massachusetts, United States
Attractions and Where to go in Boston Massachusetts
Art, culture, literature and an atmosphere that is both university-oriented yet eclectic, where galleries, architectural points of interest, good music, parks, cafes and bookstores can be found here. Walk along the streets of Boston (possibly the most attractive part of the city experience), which are filled with style, an excellent standard of living and a city lined with history and culture. As they say, to each their own but all things considered, most likely everyone who has visited this city will agree that Boston is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States.
Once you take a stroll around, you'll feel as if you were in a modern European city. Enjoy the museums, libraries, universities, galleries, music venues and theaters. Fall in love with this passionately vibrant city. It has excellent transportation service, the MBTA, better known as the "T". It was the first subway line to be built in the United States and is presently the fourth most used in the country. You can get the Charly Card, which is a rechargeable card that allows you to take the subway and the bus.
Do you like museums, history, art and outdoor coffee bars? Do you enjoy having a healthy variety of concerts, from chamber music to hard punk? Do you love to walk around while you admire amazing architecture, beautiful parks and stylish people? In Boston, you will find an excellent atmosphere to do all of this and more. Do you like sports? The city has three of the most successful sports franchises in the United States: the Boston Celtics, the Red Sox and the New England Patriots.
The eclectic atmosphere of Boston can satisfy any devotee of the good life. Unlike other destinations, Boston offers other kinds of attractions, for an enriching experience for those with refined taste.
Boston on Foot: The Freedom Trail and Other Tours
European style, cultural diversity, great architectural design and beautifully paved streets have, without a doubt, made Boston a city to be toured around on foot. There are an endless number of established tours, all of them created with the idea of walking around the neighborhoods and historic places in the city. The Freedom Trail is the most famous tour, which leads the tourist through the most emblematic places of the American Revolution. Just follow the red line drawn on the ground.
The tour begins at the Boston Common, which is the oldest park in the United States, and ends at the Bunker Hill Monument, which was built to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolution. You will be able to stand at some of the Revolution's most emblematic spots, like the Feneuil Hall, a prominent market that is over 250 years old. The beautiful neighborhoods and lovely parks make this tour a memorable experience. Don't forget to visit Newbury Street, an excellent option for shopping. Enjoy the fabulous architecture and try a cup of coffee at some of the coffee bars in the area.
North End Market
Take the North End Market tour in Little Italy. North End is the first residential area in Boston and the first Italian neighborhood in the United States. The gastronomy is exquisite and there are so many restaurants that you will feel as if you were somewhere on the Italian Peninsula, trying the best pastas, wines and Mediterranean delicacies. It's a nice place to walk around and the inhabitants of this remarkable neighborhood are very friendly and charming.
Cambridge & Harvard Square
Cambridge is on the other side of the Charles River and it is also known as the "City of Squares". It is famous for having two of the most important universities in the world, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There is a vibrant student atmosphere, mainly at Harvard Square, which is the heart of the city. You can find from restaurants and ethnic coffee bars to pretty exotic libraries that offer amazing books. Central Square and Inman Square are also recommended for visitors. There you can find all kinds of restaurants and stores.
Boston has a huge number of museums and art venues. The concerts, theatrical plays, temporary and permanent exhibitions, performances, contemporary art exhibits and all kind of artistic, cultural and intellectual manifestations have a forum in one of the many spaces for art appreciation. One of the most important and largest museums in the United States is the Museum of Fine Arts, containing a huge collection of Egyptian art, the biggest collection of Japanese pottery outside of Japan, Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, including some of Paul Gauguin's masterpieces. The museum also offers prominent masterpieces of American art from 18th and 19th century, including paintings of John Singleton Copley and John Singer Sargent. The museum has free admission on Wednesdays after 4:00 p.m.
Another interesting museum is the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. Here you can find a great collection of remarkable painters such as Matisse, Vermeer and Rembrandt, as well as paintings from the Italian Renaissance, all located in an intimate atmosphere.
A definite must is the Boston Public Library, located in a beautiful neo-Renaissance building. This was the first public library to open in the United States and was a pioneer for being the first public library to lend books and materials to read at home. It offers the public a great number of temporary and permanent exhibitions as well as performances throughout the year.
The Institute of Contemporary Art ought to be in your schedule if you enjoy the best in contemporary art. If you are a history enthusiast, visit the Museum of African American History at the African Meeting House. The Museum of Science is a Boston landmark full of interactive exhibits, experiments and inventions. The atomic bomb and the laser ray were invented in Boston so the museum has their respective exhibits on the subject, which makes this a great place to visit and discover.
Visit all the parks you can during your trip to Boston. The beautiful Boston Common was the first park built in the United States. There is also the Arnold Arboretum, with an enormous collection of plants and trees, tended by Harvard University, and located in the chain of parks known as the Emerald Necklace. In Boston, you will find other tours around the city, just like the Boston Duck Tours which use amphibious tour buses that cross the Charles River to Cambridge. Take advantage of all the tours and attractions that Boston can offer you.
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