One of the United State’s most historically significant cities, Boston is a must-see on any American trip. Situated on the Charles River, it is divided up into culturally very different neighborhoods and easily offers something for everyone.
History buffs in particular will love the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Walk along the brick pathways and enjoy the Federal and Greek Revival styled architecture. You can even see the Massachusetts State House, known for its massive gold dome. Be sure not to miss the Freedom Trail. This short walking tour will take you around the city to visit key sites from the American Revolution. You can find the trail stones set into the pavement for easy guidance and independent exploring.
In the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood, stop by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. With interiors inspired by a 15th-century Venetian palace and three floors of exhibits, you will get happily lost wandering around this gorgeous place. Nearby in Copley Square, you can find the Museum of Fine Arts, which has nearly half a million works of art on display.
Inside the Mary Baker Eddy Library, you can see the Mapparium, a huge stained glass map of the world. For gorgeous views of Boston, head up to the Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory. For a short stroll after a day of museum hopping and street parading, hit up the Boston Public Garden. It is the largest and oldest botanical garden in the United States. For the oldest public arboretum, check out the Arnold Arboretum.
Across the river, you can find Cambridge, which is home to the world-famous Harvard University. Take a tour of the university grounds; hang out in Harvard Square, and visit even more museums in the area. Next door to Cambridge lies the town of Brookline. Head to Coolidge Corner for some shopping and enjoy the village-like shop fronts.