Boston UK Top Picks for Exploring
Boston, Massachusetts, a city that attracts millions of visitors each year, is the ideal destination for your next U.S.-bound holiday. I fell in love at touchdown. The trees and numerous parks were green, the sailing boats and dinghies bobbed in the harbour, and the summer weather was perfect. This diverse American city has something for everyone, and I can’t wait to share my favourite spots!
Beacon Hill and Charles Street
To begin my Boston visit, I meandered through one of my favourite parts of the city – beautiful Boston Common and the Public Gardens – to Charles Street and Beacon Hill. This is where historic meets high-society living. Known for its brick-row townhouses, narrow cobblestone streets and gas street lamps this is a place to take your time to discover. Be sure to browse the independent and antique shops, or relax over a cup of tea at one of the numerous cafes.
The Skywalk Observatory
I then headed up 50 floors to the Skywalk Observatory in the Prudential Center, the best way to get a view of this historic city. The weather was on my side and I could see nearly 100 miles in all directions. The views over Boston are overwhelming. Be sure to allow at least an hour and a half to circle the floor, listen to the audio tour and watch the short movie.
From here, I looked down and saw Fenway Park Stadium, the oldest professional ballpark in America; the gold-domed Massachusetts State House; the Christian Science Mother Church; Old North Church; and the Emerald Green Necklace, a chain of nine green parks strung together by trails and waterways.
Evening Entertainment Options
After you’ve worked up a thirst, I recommend ending your day in the Seaport District, a burgeoning neighbourhood offering refined restaurants, breweries and world-class hotels. For you night owls, be sure to check out the numerous bars and pubs, where you can hear some great music and dance the night away.
Or, if you fancy heading down memory lane like me, head back to Beacon Hill and stop by the original inspiration for “Cheers,” the American television show, “Where everybody knows your name.” Formerly The Bull and Finch, the bar’s exterior can be seen at the opening of every episode. You might think it a little tacky-tourist, but I loved it! The atmosphere was buzzing and they serve a delightfully delicious cheeseburger!
Getting Around the City
One last thing: Be sure to pack your trainers or walking shoes when heading to this amazing metropolis. Although there are multiple options for navigating the city (cycling, trolley car or public transport), in my opinion the best way to experience this destination is on foot. This is a manageable city for everyone. Parking can often be difficult to find in Boston, and cost-prohibitive if you use public garages, so leave the rental car at your hotel. Or better yet, don’t get one at all!