Steeped in history, Boston is one of America’s most fascinating cities. Lovingly referred to by locals as Beantown, the area is an eclectic mix of gleaming skyscrapers, sleek museums, historic buildings and some of the country’s oldest cemeteries. For an escape from the city buzz, the downtown area is also home to Boston Common, America’s oldest city park.
For history buffs, walking the four-kilometre-long Freedom Trail is a rite of passage. Winding its way through downtown Boston, it passes by 16 of the locations that play an all-important role in America’s colourful past. From the USA’s first public school to buildings that define America's fight for independence from Britain, Boston is quite literally a living, breathing history museum.
Boston is serviced by a fantastic public transport network, which makes accessing the downtown area easy. Harvard Square is just 15 minutes away, with Logan International Airport just 20 minutes on the subway. It’s also possible to walk to a host of Boston attractions, with neighbourhoods like Chinatown, the Theatre District and Beacon Hill just minutes away.
While most visitors covet Boston for its history, it’s also famous for its fantastic food scene. Seafood is the order of the day, with chefs whipping up local specialties like freshly caught cod, steamed lobster, creamy chowder and half-shell oysters. Beyond the famous Seaport District, CBD restaurants are a fantastic place to sample Boston’s’ world famous seafood.