Hear about travel to Boston, Massachusetts as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lillie Marshall from AroundTheWorldL.com about her hometown.
Lillie says, “Part of the reason that I traveled around the world in 2009-10 was to find a better city than Boston because I had lived there my whole life and I thought there must be something better out there. I tried on all these different cities. I had high hopes for certain ones. At the end of the day, what I realized is Boston is the city of my heart. It is a beautiful green city. It’s got both the river and an oceanfront. It’s got an amazing education scene, it’s known for all our universities and colleges. It’s got a vibrant arts scene and culture as well. Above all, I love that it’s walkable.”
Lillie starts with a walking tour starting at Copley Square and walking down Newbury Street to the Public Garden and then back via the Esplanade along the Charles River. It’s not a traditional thing to do but will give you a feel for several neighborhoods that are particularly beautiful, enjoyable, and delicious. The Public Gardens are part of the “Emerald Necklace” of parks that surround Boston and the gardens are known for their swan boats.
We then head to Cambridge to Harvard Square and possibly touch the foot of the John Harvard statue for luck. Lillie also takes us to Grafitti Alley in nearby Central Square.
Chris, the history nerd, talks about the 2.5 miles long Freedom Trail and the series of Revolutionary America sites that it links up like Boston Common, “Old Ironsides”, the Bunker Hill Monument (oddly not on Bunker Hill), and Faneuil Hall. We also talk about the Black Heritage Trail and a moving Holocaust monument. We learn where the Boston Cream Pie was invented (and the Parker House roll, although we failed to mention it).
We talk about 5 different National Parks in the Boston area other than the Boston National Historic Park (Freedom Trail) including where the U.S. started its first industrial textile industry and also one of its first ironworks. These make great day trips from Boston.
There are a number of places near the city to get out into nature including Minute Man National Historical Park and the Arnold Arboretum.
Lillie encourages everyone to get out on the water at some time during their visit. That might mean kayaking on the Charles River or taking a boat out to Fort Warren and the Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park. Fort Warren is a particularly fun thing to do in Boston with kids.
Know your school schedules as you might not want to come to Boston when students are moving in or graduating if you want the best deals on a hotel.
Boston is a beautiful city no matter when you choose to visit. It is rich with art, culture, and history. It has cheap functioning public transit, but take some time to explore on foot as well and you may find yourself also falling in love with Boston. There are many things to do in Massachusetts and Boston is the perfect place to start.
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Central Square, Cambridge
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John Hancock Tower
Boston Public Library
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
MBTA – The T
Bunker Hill Monument
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
The Ames Boston Hotel
Old State House
Boston’s North End
The New England Holocaust Memorial
Black Heritage Trail
Glory (1989 film)
Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
Beacon Hill, Boston
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Minute Man National Historical Park
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
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Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Fort Warren (Massachusetts)
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The House of the Seven Gables
Old Sturbridge Village
Blue Hills Reservation
Middlesex Fells Reservation
Boston Children’s Museum
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
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