Boston is a city steeped in American history and lore. It is the largest city in New England and has a wealth of experiences to offer any traveler. Over the years Boston has enjoyed a steady increase in tourism, and is now one of the top 10 tourist sites in the United States. The best time to visit Boston is during the spring or summer, especially May through September.
There are myriad options for getting into Boston, with Logan International Airport being the easiest. The airport services every major international airline, as well as serving as a hub for domestic flights and connections. The airport is not far out of town, and taxis as well as shuttles are cheap going to the city center. Trains and buses also service Boston, it serves as an Amtrak hub and there are numerous bus lines coming from the entire northeast region. The best thing about arriving in Boston after a long trip is that it has fantastic public transportation and is laid out as a walking city, so a car is unnecessary.
There are too many sights to see on just one trip, but these are some of the top-rated experiences from people in the know:
- The Boston Museum of Fine Arts houses impressive collections of French Impressionistic art, as well as huge collections of Japanese and Greek artifacts.
- The New England Aquarium until recently held the largest fish tank in the world, and is still an excellent choice for anyone that loves aquatic life.
- The Panopticon Gallery, founded in the 1970s, is dedicated solely to photography and has excellent contemporary works.
- The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile walk through historic sites that played integral roles in America’s war for independence.
- Boston’s local brewery, Sam Adams, offers tours with free beer samples throughout.
- If baseball season is on, no trip to Boston would be complete without catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park!
- Schools like MIT and Harvard, some of the most prestigious in the world, reside in Boston and offer campus tours for free.
Boston is known far and wide for its incredible bar scene, and it is not uncommon to see one or two bars on nearly every block. The most dense concentrations of bars can be found on Canal Street, Downtown Crossing, around Fenway, and Harvard Square. Irish pubs abound, and many tourists try to find their own “perfect” watering hole. Tired bar goers can find their caffeine fix at any of the innumerable Dunkin’ Donuts locations around Boston, the city where it was born. Dining in Boston is like most metropolitan cities, in that there is something to be found for everyone. If there are two things New England and Boston in particular are known for when it comes to food, they are clam chowder and lobster. Both should be sampled before leaving the city.
Boston is one of America’s great cities, and everyone should make a visit at least once.