Throughout time, travelers like yourself have ambled widely and freely, looking to explore exotic destinations and neighboring cities alike. But not only do your roaming feet have the urge to traverse foreign ground, they want to know more about the origins of such places, too. That’s what makes Boston, Massachusetts, such an appealing sojourn—the city not only offers modern luxuries like sumptuous Boston lodging and emerging restaurants, but it’s laced with American history that still holds importance to this day. Armed with your leather notebook, camera, and your favorite pair of wandering shoes, you’re ready to seek out American origins in Beantown. And for those nomads who are less interested in the powdered wigs of the past and more intrigued by America’s present, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the nation—a place where you can eat fresh New England clam chowder while cheering on some of the most beloved sports teams in the country. You’d like to think it’s what the founding fathers would have wanted.
Things to Do
Deeply ingrained in the history of the city is a plethora of attractions for visitors to choose from. Of course, when you’re looking for things to do in Boston, you’ll want to traverse the 2.5 mile course which documents 16 sites that affected the American Revolution—the Freedom Trail. Although you’re not obligated to wear a tricorn hat, you will want to look around as your guide takes you through the city of Boston. You’ll be passing through some of its most cultured and eclectic neighborhoods. But if you decide to bypass the pseudo-revolutionary in petticoats leading you past Paul Revere’s former residence, you can always follow your instincts and embark on a self-guided tour of Boston. Why not? Being your own guide has always worked out for you.
Locals will suggest you begin in Fenway Park, where you’ll feel a sense of hushed awe wash over the crowd as the Red Sox take to the mound. Don’t dare mention the Curse of the Bambino while you sip local craft brews and dive into a hot bag of peanuts, because local courtesy only goes so far when it comes to baseball. After celebrating a win, let your good luck carry you on to Back Bay. The neighborhood offers shopping solutions that would have the Founding Fathers letting out exasperated sighs, but you appreciate that the current state of the union allows you to admire the opulent. While in this charming corner of the city, marvel at some of the Boston’s oldest private residences, and snap pictures of any grandiose Victorian brownstones that catch your eye.
Eating and Drinking
Whether you’ve traversed the Freedom Trail or the shops on Back Bay’s Newbury Street, you’ve worked up an appetite. There are many luxurious eateries in the Massachusetts city, but you owe it to yourself to sample a few Bostonian classics before fully tapping into your restaurant budget. For instance, there’s no better place in America (or dare we say, the world) to feast on baked beans accompanied by a cold craft beer. There are ample local breweries to choose from that specialize in everything from imperial stouts to hops-heavy IPAs, but it’s more than likely you’ll find yourself sipping a Samuel Adams. The positively presidential brew was created in Boston, and a sip of the chilly lager on a warm day will be the perfect complement to a freshly caught New England lobster (or as those from the area might say, “lobstah”).
Although you might be tempted to call it a culinary day after filling up on the irresistibly delicious local cuisine, a wide array of international options awaits you as well. You might be intrigued by the mounds of homemade meatballs and fresh tagliatelle in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood, but you will be bypassing a quintessential Boston experience if you don’t enjoy at least one meal at an Irish pub. The bartender will regale you with tales of the city while you enjoy a frothy stout and a sizable plate of corned beef and soda bread. And although the restaurant might be Irish in theme, they’re sure to offer you some Boston cream pie for dessert. Like you, the Irish are known for being loyal to their heritage, but appreciative of their surroundings.
Parks are well-loved in Boston. When a city experiences a massive flurry of snow each winter, its citizens come to appreciate the natural glory of its outdoor spaces all the more. But no matter what time of year you find yourself in New England, Boston Common offers dreamy spaces to admire while you let your mind wander. Colorful fall leaves make expansive green lawns seem more vibrant in contrast, and newly fallen snow on Brewer Fountain makes the structure appear like a relic transported back in time. Spring and summer days will provide visitors with views of families picnicking and kite-flying, as the famed Washington Statue peers out over the park’s inhabitants in a state of restful knowingness.
Day trips from Boston
You’ve been clued into the best places to stay in Boston and can’t imagine leaving the serene city anytime soon, but you do feel the urge to explore further along the coast. Let the concierge at your accommodation know you’ll be taking a day trip, and rent a car to visit the city of Salem. Roughly 17 miles northeast of the capital city, the bewitching New England town is also home to some spellbinding American history. From historical sites that denote its various witch trials to classic East Coast lighthouses, you’ll be occupied from the moment you step foot in Salem until it’s time to drive back to Boston. During the journey, your mind wanders to the days of the Puritans, wondering how you would have fared in the rapidly evolving American landscape.
Now that you have an idea of where to stay in Boston, reserve your accommodation today with Travelocity. Will you opt to be near Boston Common and spend your days ambling outdoors, or perhaps in the heart of Back Bay, where luxury is enhanced at each turn of the corner? Wherever you choose to roam in Beantown, don’t be hesitant to reserve your hotel stay today. There, you’ll learn about the city’s intricate role in American history and further your own travel story. And there’s no better time than the present to start your adventure, for as Boston-native Benjamin Franklin once said, “Lost time is never found again.”