Nicknamed ‘the walking city’, Boston is arguably one of the most picturesque in the USA and many of its attractions are easily explored by foot. There’s plenty to see, even if you’ve only got a limited amount of time to do it, so put on your walking shoes to get a taste of the city.
The oldest park in the country, Boston Common is 50 acres of public parkland located in the heart of the city. It has been a battle ground, a grazing area and an execution ground, but in recent years the landscaped gardens provide an inner-city haven for locals and tourists alike. In spring or summer, take a book and settle under your favourite tree for the ultimate people-watching experience.
The Freedom Trail
Starting from Boston Common, The Freedom Trail is a must do, even if you don’t have the time to do it all. The 2.5-mile (4km) brick-lined trail forms an outdoor museum that winds its way through the streets of downtown Boston linking together the important historical sites of the colonial revolution. Highlights include the Massachusetts State House with its gilded dome, ‘the cradle of liberty’ Faneuil Hall, and Granary Burying Ground where it is estimated as many as 8,000 people were buried including historical figures like John Hancock and Paul Revere. The trail can be done at your own pace as a self-guided tour, but for those with limited time, informative guided tours depart regularly from the Boston Common Visitors Centre. http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/
Located just off The Freedom Trail, Neptune Oyster is a tiny Parisian-style diner in Boston’s popular North End dining district. Famous for its Maine Lobster Roll, the restaurant is the perfect place to stop for lunch and is so popular that there is often a queue. The food is worth the wait though. Hot and covered in butter, the lobster roll melts in your mouth and is best enjoyed with a glass of locally-brewed Harpoon Summer Ale. http://www.neptuneoyster.com/
Ask any local and they will tell you that you can’t go to Boston and not visit Fenway Park. It’s the oldest Major League Baseball Stadium currently in use, and seems to be the city’s pride and joy. During game season, the stadium is packed with Boston Red Sox fans and games are sold out months in advance. If you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, seeing a game is truly memorable. You can also take a tour of the famous stadium and get the chance to sit atop the ‘Green Monster’ -- the 11.33 metre-high left field wall that is a popular target for right handed hitters. If you can spare three hours, tours depart on the hour between 9am and 5pm every day except during game time when the last tour departs three hours before the game. http://redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp