We took a little trip back to Boston MA for the summer, our 4th time in the city. If you’ve never been I can highly recommend it, it’s a fabulous city, very European in feel, and with a lot of history. It’s a small city and easily walkable so don’t bother with a hire car.
We usually stay at the Boston Millennium hotel, bang opposite Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall. It’s on the Freedom Trail and many of the city’s sites are easily walkable from the hotel. As a hotel it’s all you’d expect from a chain, with clean and comfortable decent sized rooms. Breakfast is a little pricey and we usually grab a breakfast from the huge choice in Quincy Market.
If you’re heading to Boston then the must do’s are:
- Trolleybus tour to get your bearings
- The top of the Pru
- The North End and Old North Church
- The State House
- Boston Common
- The Granary Burying Ground
- The Old State House
- Boston Library and Copley Place
- Museum of Fine Art
- Isabella Stuart Gardner’s house
- Bunker Hill
- Harbour tour
- A cruise on the Charles River
- Newbury Street for shopping
- A walk around the Beacon Hill area
- The Aquarium on a rainy day
- Paul Revere’s house
- Cheers Bar (they don’t know your name!)
For shopping there are some reasonable Malls; the Copley Place mall is connected to the Prudential Centre, Cambridgeside Galleria is so-so, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market are quirky, and Beacon Hill is high end.
There are some great Italian places in the North End, lots of eateries around Quincy Market but this is a bit of a tourist trap, Chinatown, and Downtown.