A destination to discover on the east coast of the United States
Boston is without a doubt my favorite American city. Filled with history, its architectural diversity and its relatively small area make it a popular destination for travellers! Its multiple facets greatly contribute to its charm. City of culture par excellence, its historic center, along the famous Freedom Trail, has a much more European than American look.
Cradle of American identity and its independence from the United Kingdom, the city of Boston has a very rich historical past. A veritable open-air museum, Boston also attracts intellectual society. It is here that the prestigious Harvard University, founded in 1636 in Cambridge, a city in the greater Boston area, and MIT have taken up residence in the region.
What to see when visiting Boston? Here are 7 must-haves!
Cradle of American identity and its independence from the United Kingdom, the city of Boston has a very rich historical past.
Explore Boston’s most photogenic street
A visit to Boston wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Acorn Street, in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, old Boston, especially in the spring! Hundreds of trees are in bloom all over the area, making the scenery beautiful. After several visits to Boston, it was the first time that I took advantage of the spring to go there and I highly recommend this period. This is simply the best time of year to travel to Boston. Fewer tourists, a cooler temperature and above all the explosion of flowers that invades the city are sufficient reasons to prefer this period.
The North End neighborhood
the North End, the northern sector of Boston as its name suggests, is a neighborhood that I find really very interesting. (Probably because it’s the oldest in the city!) Inhabited since 1630, it has seen several waves of immigration, including the Italians at the start of the 20th century. Today, this area of Boston is known, among other things, for its Italian restaurants, just like Little Italy in New York.
Just at the end of the Freedom Trail (a historic route that crosses Boston), north of the North End, the Charlestown neighborhood offers a magnificent panorama of beautiful streets and the Leonard P. Zakim Bridge. This is also where you can admire the memorial of bunker hilla 67-meter-tall obelisk commemorating a battle in the American Revolutionary War.
The commercial heart of Boston
Downtown Boston is the financial and commercial center district, but it is best known for the Old State House. This historic building is the city’s oldest public building still standing. Built in 1713, it was on the balcony of the Old State House that the reading of the United States Declaration of Independence took place on July 18, 1776.
A few blocks from Old State House, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market form the commercial heart of Boston. In the 18th century, the construction of a covered market was financed by the Bostonian merchant Peter Faneuil. Probably one of the busiest places in town, Quincy Market has been used extensively as a food market. It still houses today several kiosks dedicated to catering as well as a few small souvenir shops.
The Black Bay district
If we move a little further west from downtown Boston, Copley Square is another interesting stop. With the superb Trinity Church built in 1733 and the Boston Public Librarythe sector is not lacking in interest!
“Take me to see the game!” »
What would a stop in Boston be without a visit to the famous Fenway Park! Even if you’re not a baseball fanatic, you’ll love it. The guided tour is fascinating!
In 1911, the owner of the Boston Red Sox bought a piece of land for $300,000 (about $8 million today) to house his baseball team. Less than a week after the Titanic tragedy on April 20, 1912, Fenway Park opened its doors for its very first season.
The Red Sox won the World Series title for the first time that year. For the rest, we know the story. The Red Sox are one of the best baseball teams in the league. During the visit to the stadium, we also have the chance to see a magnificent view of Boston and the surrounding area. We then realize that Boston is a must on the American east coast!
Discover Cambridge and Harvard
Cambridge is a bit like the suburbs of Boston. A quieter area, it is particularly famous for Harvard University and MIT. It is very easy to discover this charming district on foot. Its superb houses and buildings give it a unique and very European character. Here again, the red brick characteristic of Boston buildings is still present.
Take advantage of your walk in Cambridge to visit the campus of Harvard University. This is one of the most prestigious universities in the world! Guided tours are also offered.
Achieving Excellence at MIT
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, is a world famous research institute. Founded in 1861 and specializing in the fields of science and technology, MIT is among the best educational institutions and is ranked sixth best globally. During a walk, you’ll feel like you’re part of the elite!
End your visit to Cambridge in style with a short detour to the Ray and Maria Stata Center. Architecture enthusiasts will probably recognize the typical Frank Gehry design. Built in 2004, this unique university complex is part of MIT.
An absolutely charming city to visit, Boston is probably the most European of American cities. Whether for a week or a weekend, Boston is a must on the American east coast.
If you are looking for a destination not so far from Quebec that offers a ton of things to see, here it is! Have a good trip!
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