With its red brick buildings and winding streets, charming Boston feels welcoming and wonderfully accessible. Founded by Puritan settlers in 1630, it was one of the earliest settlements in the United States. In the intervening centuries, it’s swelled to the proportions of a major metropolis, complete with world-class museums, beautiful public parks, top-notch universities (of which Harvard is the undisputed highlight) and plenty of historical attractions.
Begin your tour of Boston along the Freedom Trail, a two-and-a-half mile route through the centre of town that passes by 16 of the city’s must-visit landmarks. Along the Trail, you’ll see sights ranging from Boston Common (the oldest public urban park in the country) and Paul Revere House (where the American Revolutionary War hero once resided) to Faneuil Hall, a public forum that’s often referred to as ‘the Cradle of Liberty’ for its role in the Revolution. As you go, learn about the country’s colourful beginnings and drink in the bustling urban ambiance.
That’s not all that awaits you in Beantown. Go for a walking tour of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods, enjoy the harbour views during a cruise, venture to the Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, and wander down to Fenway Park, where you can root for the Red Sox baseball team.