Best places in Boston

Best places in Boston

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In the summer of 2012 I visited Boston for my second time. In 1997 I spent the entire summer studying and partying so I am not at all an expert in this city 🙂 I am writing this post just to give a quick overview to those that have never been there. These are some of my recommendations:

  • Founded in 1630 by the colonists from England, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. During the late 18th century, Boston was the location of several major events during the American Revolution. The Freedom Trail is a 2,5 mile walking path through downtown Boston that leads to 16 significant historic sites and gives you a good overview of the history of the american revolution. I think it is worth taking this trail. (click here to download map)
  • The North End (also known as “Little Italy”) is the city’s oldest and most culturally rich neighborhoods and a must stop in your visit to Boston. Known for its fine dining, amazing cafes and great buzz, the streets are narrow and compact and there is history around every corner.
  • Beacon Hill is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Boston. Known for its narrow, gas-lit streets with brick sidewalks and quietude. Beacon Hill is a perfect place to stroll peacefuly (Pickney St, Vernon, St, Louisburg Sq…).
  • Located in the city center, Boston Common is the oldest park in the United States. Throughout its long history, it has been used for many purposes: public hangings, camping site for the british troops, site for speeches from Martin Luther King Jr. or Pope John Paul II. Nowadays is a perfect place to lay down and enjoy the sunset reflected in the city’s skyline.
  • Harvard University, the world’s best known university, is a place that bring me great memories: I studied there for three months and made amazing friends. You should definitely walk around Harvard Yard (Memorial Church, Widener Library, …) and step into any of the multiple buildings, cross Cambridge St. and get inside the Science Center (were many of the students are) and go down John F. Kennedy St. to the other side of Charles River to visit the sports facilities (Stadium, tennis courts, fields, …) and walk around the quiet and beautiful gardens and buildings of the prestigious Harvard Business School. (check this map of Harvard)

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  • Fenway Park: This oldest Major League baseball park and home of the Boston Red Sox team is a small and intimate place to enjoy the best baseball. The match I went lasted more than 4 hours, enough time to eat 3 hot dogs, 4 slices of pizza, pretzels, gallons of coke… :). Website
  • Faneuil Market Place and Quincy Market: it’s the most touristic spot in Boston. Be prepared to see plenty of tourists and expensive shops and restaurants. Website.
  • Boston Duck Tours: It’s a funny and easy way to discover Boston in a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle. The 80 min. tour is narrated by the conductor and takes you around Boston’s main sites, including a 20 min. splash into the Charles River for a view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines. Website
  • Newbury street is lined with historic 19th-century brownstones that contain hundreds of shops and restaurants, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals. The most expensive boutiques are located near the Boston Public Garden end of Newbury Street. The shops gradually become slightly less expensive and more bohemian toward Massachusetts Avenue.
  • Museum of Fine Arts: Holds one of the world’s most impressive art collections and is renowned for its impressionist paintings, Egyptian collections and early American art. Website

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Photos by Pedro Sagüés

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