The city of Boston is a historical and cultural cradle of the United States: founded in 1630 by English settlers, it is one of the oldest cities on the North American continent. Like its neighbors New York or Philadelphia, it has endured many crises (American Revolution, Boston Tea Party, Civil War, abolition of slavery, etc.). In short, when you visit Boston you learn a lot more about the history of the United States.
Boston is a much smaller city than New York, so it is possible to visit it in a day. I would recommend that you stay there for a weekend anyway, so that you can really enjoy and soak up the Boston atmosphere without rushing.
Boston is approximately a 4 hour drive by car from New York or just an hour by plane from New York. It's a really easy accessible city.
In Boston it is possible to get around very easily and quickly from anywhere by using the metro or the bicycle which is self-service rental.
You can buy the Boston City Pass to enjoy the best attractions in the city for less. Based on the same principle as the New York City Pass, it gives you access to the 5 most viewed attractions in the city. Otherwise, there is also the Boston Pass, which is much more complete for tourists staying for a weekend or 3 days in Boston, for example. It allows you to visit 50 attractions (museum, cruises, guided tours, etc.).
Beacon Hill is Boston’s residential neighborhood, but above all it’s one of the city’s most famous and upscale neighborhoods - the one you always see in the movies. Tourists love to stroll through Beacon Hill during the day to see the pretty red brick cottages stuck together. They also love to walk there at night to experience the charm of a small English village with its magnificent gas street lamps.
This district has a charm of its own with its typical red brick houses, narrow cobbled streets and Victorian style reminiscent of 19th century England. You can contemplate sumptuous houses on the southern slope of the hill, while the northern slope is characterized by its humble servants' quarters.
Another mandatory stop during a visit to Boston is : the Freedom Trail. This ancient 4 km route traces the chronological history of the American Revolution, indicating 16 significant events of that revolution. Following it we discover historic cemeteries, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, incredible monuments such as Bunker Hill monument etc etc... To get there take the Park Street subway. The Freedom Trail begins at the foot of the tourist office.
New England Aquarium
Located on the seafront, the New England Aquarium is a huge building on 3 levels. You can see more than 20,000 fishes. Visitors flock there to admire the giant cylindrical pool, also on 3 levels, with rays, sharks and other sea turtles. Opening time : 9am – 5pm
See the whales
We tend to forget it, but Boston is a city by the sea. To take advantage of its proximity to the ocean, a short stroll along the waterfront is essential. During sunny days, it is also possible to take a boat to see the whales off the coast from April to October.
Harvard University is located in Cambridge, the city facing Boston, across the Charles River. It is one of the most prestigious university in the United States and it holds the title of the richest university in the world: each student must pay no less than $50,000 per year to have the chance to study there! The university is made up of several institutional buildings, often made of the red bricks so dear to the region. Like any American campus, you can do everything on site: sit on a bench or on the grass, take a walk in the libraries, have a drink in a small cafe, stroll through the flowery alleys to meet students etc..
The Quincy Market is a food hall like the Chelsea Market in New York. There are plenty of small food shops such as restaurants, pastry shops, pizzerias. It's a very friendly place, perfect to spend lunch time with friends or family!
For a day of shopping in Boston, you have to go to Newbury Street - it is the most exclusive shopping street in the city. There are all the American brands that you can't find in France like Urban Outfitters, Madewell, J.Crew ... And, here in the state of Massachusetts, there is no tax on clothing. Next to Copley Square subway, still in the Back Bay neighborhood, there is the Boston Public and read a book.
Boston Common Park
A must-see in the city, Boston Common is Boston's oldest public garden. If in the past it was used as a place of execution and public punishment, today it is a beautiful park, a true green lung of the city. Extending over 20 hectares, the promenade is particularly pleasant with its tree-lined paths, its sculptures, its small ponds with bridges, and during the winter its skating rink.
Boston from above is even more beautiful! Don't hesitate for a second and gain a little of height as you climb to the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower, a 228-meter skyscraper located in the Back Bay district. From all up there, we had an exceptional 360-degree panorama of the city. A breathtaking view of Boston.
The South End neighborhood is a must see! Essentially residential, the district will seduce you with its relaxed atmosphere, its many trendy shops and restaurants. Ideal for going out at night, South End is also well known for the large presence of the gay community.
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