Follow the freedom trail in the great city of Boston

Fenway Park
My friend has been studying in Boston this year so I am planning a trip to visit her in the New Year and want to see the best of the city. I don’t know much about Boston and have never been to America before at all! Could you recommend some things to see and do? Thanks!

My friend has been studying in Boston this year so I am planning a trip to visit her in the New Year and want to see the best of the city. I don’t know much about Boston and have never been to America before at all! Could you recommend some things to see and do? Thanks!

You will definitely not be short of things to do. One of America’s great cities, Boston is brimming with culture, entertainment and excitement. Having a friend already living there will mean you will not be starting from scratch and will have your own personal tour guide.

Boston Common is the ideal place to get your bearings and soak up the atmosphere of the city. Locals and tourist alike can be found relaxing and taking in the beautiful greenery of the park which is the oldest city park in the United States.

The Boston Freedom Trail follows the 2.5 mile redbrick trail from Boston Common to Bunker Hill and will give you a brilliant insight in Boston and the central role the city played in American history. Taking a guided tour will ensure you do not miss a thing. There are numerous tours available which will take you through the leading events from the city’s birth to modern day.

The Boston Tea Party Museum allows visitors to relive one of America’s most defining and well-known moments. Opened in 2012, the museum has gone on to become one of the city’s most visited attractions. The Boston Museum of Science is another of the numerous museums on offer within the city. Here you can wonder at the many exhibitions and it is a great place to spend an afternoon.

The iconic Fenway Park, home to the world famous Red Sox, is a must during your stay. Baseball plays such a major role in the culture of Boston – never more than in a year when the Red Sox won the World Series – that a trip to its beloved Fenway will give you a great sense of tradition American living.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace in the heart of downtown Boston is a great place to grab a bite to eat after a long morning of sightseeing. Dating back to 1742, Faneuil is a part of the city’s history in itself. Hi-Rise Bakery on Cambridge’s Concord Avenue is another great stop for a mid-day snack and serves up a range of tantalisingly tasty goods. Hungry Mother on Kendall Square is the place to go to experience southern American cuisine. The cocktail selection is another reason to ensure you give an evening of you trip to dining in Hungry Mother. If you have an inclination for sea food, Neptune Oyster is one of the city’s best.

A trip to America would not be complete without grabbing a pizza and a beer. Santarpio’s is a favourite among Boston locals. Opening its doors in 1933, Santarpio’s walls are adorned with sports memorabilia and posters and it is a hidden gem of the city.

Where to stay:

The Langham Hotel (*****)

Prices from €167 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

The luxurious Langham Hotel is situated in downtown Boston overlooking Norma B. Leventhal Park. The hotel features on-site gourmet dining options and spa for guest enjoyment. Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the Freedom Trail Foundation are all located nearby. Guestrooms include flat screen TV’s, iPod docking stations and minibar.

Boston Marriott Copley Place (****)

Prices from €125 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

Ideally located in the historic Back Bay district of Boston, the Marriott is directly connect to the Prudential Center and Hynes Convention centre. The hotel features an on-site restaurant for guests to enjoy during their stay. A full service fitness centre with massage services is also available for guests and includes an indoor swimming pool.

Hotel 140 (***)

Prices from €76 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

Hotel 140 is conveniently situated ten minutes walking distance from Boston Common. The hotel features complimentary wireless internet access with guest room equipped with free cable television. Guest rooms also include ironing facilities, microwaves and refrigerators. Boston Public Garden is also a short stroll.

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