Founded in 1630, this city has been at the heart of many landmark moments of the American Revolution leading to the creation of the United States, earning it the nickname of “Cradle of Liberty.” Its prestigious universities and its many-time sports teams add to its aura. These traditions mingle with a busy event scene, making it a destination of choice for a few days’ getaway. While on a getaway the perfect place to stay is Westin Copley Place. This is a home away from home for tourists.
The Freedom Trail
The “Freedom Trail” is a red line painted on the ground that leads you to 16 places of high historical significance over four kilometers. Relive parts of the American Revolution throughout this walk. To add to the experience, it is possible to take the path with a costumed guide of eighteenth-century clothes.
Take a break in a park
The Boston Common, established in 1634, is the oldest public park in the United States. Activities and events are numerous, including theater and musical performances. Next to it are the Massachusetts State Parliament with its golden dome and botanical garden where you can take a ride on swan-shaped boats and say hello to ducks, especially those immortalized in bronze.
The Faneuil Hall Marketplace is teeming with activity since 1742. It now includes four buildings with the inclusion of the North and South Markets, as well as the one named Quincy. On a beautiful summer day, it is good to walk under the canopies, find a little treasure at one of its kiosks on wheels or take a break to admire the performances of street entertainers.
A 67-meter granite obelisk stands upright on Bunker Hill to commemorate one of the most famous battles of the American Revolution that took place on June 17, 1775. Completed in 1842, it is possible to climb to the top of the monument by a staircase of 294 steps. The views of his pinnacle are worth the effort, at least for those who do not feel dizzy.
Meet the “Green Monster”
Boston is a sports city with such famous teams as the Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins. Nothing beats, however, the iconic Fenway Park, the home of the Red Sox since 1912. The ultimate experience remains to get hold of tickets for a baseball game. Otherwise, guided tours are offered to see more closely the famous wall of the leftfield called “Green Monster”.
The old tombstones of some Boston cemeteries remain intriguing, both in their age and in the patterns embedded in them. Two of the most fascinating are located on Tremont Street along the Freedom Trail, King’s Chapel, and the Old Granary, dating back to the 17th century. You will see the epitaphs of characters that have marked the history of the city and the country.
Visit a floating museum: USS Constitution
After three years of dry docking to restore, the USS Constitution is back at its base, the Charlestown Shipyard. This three-masted US Navy ship is the world’s oldest surviving warship, while its original construction was completed in 1797. It now houses a museum filled with objects related to the ship.