Massachusetts has always been my home state, and Boston has always been the go-to city. Although I am familiar with the ins and outs of Boston’s dizzying streets, there are thousands of new tourists flooding into the city at any given time who may not be as accustomed to the distinct East Coast lifestyle yet. No need to worry though – Boston is a great city for any traveller. Being both manageable and expansive, Boston offers a little bit of something for everyone.
To help out the first timers, I have compiled a list of the top 5 attractions around the city. This is by no means a conclusive list, though I hope my suggestions help guide you around this great city. Grab your Dunkin Coffee and start exploring!
1) The North End
By far, my favorite area of the city. From the beautiful old buildings and streets, to the mouthwatering Italian cuisine. This is the Italian cultural center of Boston. In my opinion, the North End may even be slightly better than New York City’s Little Italy. This is a big statement, but once you taste the food inside any of the many restaurants, I think you might agree. Be sure to walk beyond Hanover Street, as there are other tiny roads that offer more a remote and an “untouched by tourists” atmosphere.
2) Beacon Hill
Wander some of Beacon Hill’s tiny cobblestone streets and brick lanes and you’ll find yourself transported to another mindset. Though located in the center of Boston, next to the Common and the Public Garden, Beacon Hill offers an escape-like quality. You can explore these streets for hours, admiring the beautiful homes and apartments. On Charles Street, you’ll find some cute boutiques and stores – such as the Tibetan Emporium. Beacon Hill is a photographer’s paradise as well, with picturesque opportunities almost anywhere you look.
3) Fenway Park
This is a classic, must see attraction for anyone who sets foot in Boston. Home to the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park is the oldest ball park in Major League Baseball. Red Sox fans are notoriously competitive and fiercely loyal to their team. Of course, this doesn’t mean that visitors aren’t allowed to enjoy all that our Boston sports teams have to offer. If hockey is more your thing, as it is mine, head over to the TD Garden to watch a Bruins game. Whether you’re sitting in the Green Monster seats at Fenway or cheering on Bruin’s Captain Zdeno Chara, sports are a great way to immerse yourself in some true, local Boston culture.
4) Newbury Street
Okay, so sports aren’t really your thing. That’s fine too, as Boston is home to some great retail therapy. Head over to Newbury Street, where you’ll find both high end and more affordable shops. Housing well known clothing brands like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Zara and H&M – there is something for any taste. After a little spending, check out some of Newbury’s restaurants. There is quite the selection from both sit downs to grab & go cafes. Even if window shopping is more your game, Newbury Street is a perfect place to relax and wander on through.
Although Cambridge is technically its own city, the proximity to Boston makes it a great destination to explore. The vibe here is extremely young and hip, but overall very welcoming. First check out Harvard Square, one of Cambridge’s main attractions. Here you’ll find cool clothing stores, bookstores, bars and coffee shops – as well as Harvard University located nearby. Another great place to check out is the Brattle Theatre – which often shows older films on the big screen. On the other side of Cambridge you can find some great vintage clothing at the Garment District. Whatever your game, Cambridge is oozing with such a hip culture that you’ll leave here with a whole new attitude.
Hopefully you’ve found some new inspiration for your next trip to Boston! Come visit us here in one of the greatest cities, and I’m sure you will not be disappointed with all that Boston has to offer.