Boston is the capital and largest city of Massachusetts. It is one of the oldest cities in the United States and was home to several key events during the American Revolution. Boston is a center for history, culture, and higher education. Suffice to say, if you haven’t been to Boston, you need to add the city to your list of places to visit. There is a ton of great things to see and do, and we’ve outlined our top picks for any newcomer to The City of Champions.
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile trail that runs through Boston that passes 16 different locations which are significant in the history of the United States. The idea for a walking trail that would connect all of the prominent historical sites was conceived by journalist William Schofield in 1951. The mayor of Boston, John Hynes, agreed to put the idea into action and established a series of brick paths and markers. By 1953 there were 40,000 people exploring the trail every year. The trail starts with the Boston Common and ends at the Bunker Hill Monument, and most of the monuments and historic sites are free (although three charge admission). Boston is very dense, and it’s easy to walk around the center of the city and get a history lesson at the same time! If you want to see the site of the Boston Tea Party or the Liberty Tree, however, they aren’t on the trail. Don’t forget to include these historic sites on your tour of Boston.
The home of the champions! Fenway Park is the baseball park that has hosted the Boston Red Sox since 1912. The baseball World Series has returned to Boston on ten different occasions and the home team has won five of them in front of 37,000 screaming fans. The park is not exclusively dedicated to baseball, and there have been mother sports played in the park and a ton of concerts as well. When it first started hosting concerts in 1973, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles were two of the first performers. There is usually one major concert per year and the prestigious arena usually draws big names like the Rolling Stones or Paul McCartney! If you’re in Boston, you should try to catch a game or a concert inside the home of sporting history.