Boston is one of the most exciting cities in the US. Despite being one of America’s oldest cities and located in New England on the East Coast, it feels more like San Francisco from a cultural perspective than practically anywhere else on the mainland. Boston is a world unto itself, chock full of high-tech entrepreneurs, thriving businesses, and interesting history. It’s a city that should be on your bucket list.
Harvard University Tour
Boston, MA, is home to the world’s most prestigious university, Harvard. Harvard opened in 1636. Back then, students could buy their education in exchange for livestock. Today, it’s not uncommon for people to come out with debts of more than $100,000 and a Harvard education on their CV.
Do you want to take a tour around the university? Now you can, with multiple language translations for those who do not speak English.
The Museum Of Fine Arts
If you charter an aircraft to New England, there’s one sight you have to visit in Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts. The museum on Huntingdon Avenue, contains more than 450,000 works of art, making it one of the largest collections anywhere in the world.
The museum contains many artifacts that you wouldn’t expect, including some from ancient Egypt, as well as a selection of those you would, including many from 18th and 19th-century colonial history.
The Cheers Bar
The famous TV series Cheers was shot in Boston. The produces of the show used two venues in Boston, the original Cheers bar on Beacon Street for the exterior shots, and another site in Faneuil Hall Marketplace for the interiors. As a tourist, you can visit both.
The Boston Public Garden
The Boston Public Garden was the first public botanic garden in the country and served as a relaxing resting space for the business workers who called the city their home when it first opened in 1837. City planners improved the area tremendously over the following decades to the point today where it is one of the finest examples of a public civic amenity in the entire US. Travelers can hop on the swan boats which criss-cross the main lake.
Another location you must visit in Boston is the Greenway. Interstate 93 used to pass right through the center of Boston. But city planners realized that they could make the city more efficient if they moved it underground. So, that’s what they did. The question, though, was what to do with the 5.6-kilometer segment of land that remained unused on the surface.
The Greenway today is an assortment of plazas, parks, and other amenities and runs from Chinatown to the North End. It’s a great place to go for a walk or cycle.
The Liberty Hotel
The ironically-named Liberty Hotel occupies the same building as the former Charles Street Jail where criminals were locked up for all manner of crimes. Builders created the 300-room hotel in 2007 to house the city’s burgeoning tourist and business population. The hotel retains many of the original features of the prison, including the hand-blown glass windows and catwalks.