Recommended Itineraries, Boston
Favorite thing: Seize the day & enjoy shopping, dining & sightseeing in this fine city. Legal Sea Foods, Mamma Maria, Bull & Finch Pub (Cheers), Blue Man Group, Whale Watching, the Freedom Trail & John F. Kennedy Library & Museum are but a few of the greatest choices.
I would recommend visiting:
1) The top of the John Hancock Building.
2) The inside of Trinity Church.
3) The Prudential center shopping area.
4) The Copley plaza.
5) Copley square.
6) Newbury street.
7) Fanueil Hall/Quincy Market
8) The museum of science.
Fondest memory: Some of my favorite moments in Boston have been when I'm walking along the Charles River in the spring time, and the Boston Common during the autumn and at night during the winter.
The Charles river is picturesque when the early morning sun has risen and the rowers and boaters are taking advantage of the warmer weather.
The Boston common is beautiful when the leaves change color, adding a palate of beauty to the region. After the leaves have fallen, men and women who work for the city, adorn the trees with clear holiday lights, adding a festive atmosphere to the common.
When visiting Boston, you must walk around the old part of Boston where the Boston Tea Party took place, where Independence Hall stands, etc.: it gives you a special feeling about being American. Go to Faneuil Hall, to Filene's Bargain Basement, to Salem to see the House of Seven Gables, eat seafood and drink beer anywhere, but especially Cheers. Remember the TV show? The actual bar is right there in Boston near the Commons, I believe. And besides the bar downstairs, there is a wonderful fine dining restaurant upstairs. I was last in Boston in January when the temp what something like 30 below zero. I thought I was going to die, but I still had a really great time. One thing I want to do the next time is go to a Hockey game.
Fondest memory: More things to do-the list could fill so many pages:I was very impressed with Harvard Square, Boston College, Boston University. A great place to take your kids if you want to inspire them to go to college. The history-if you're a history buff, is so abundant, you can virtually OD on it. Transportation-wise, you have many choices which are all satisfactory-the sub, renting a car, taxis, walking. I rented a car and had not too much time finding my way around with the help of a good map and occasionally stopping for directions. For accommodations, the new Hilton by the airport is beautiful. It's conveniently located, has all the services including a gym with sauna, swimming pool, and equipment, and it has some nice restaurants and bars within. Also, cabs and buses run by all day if you want to go exploring. Boston is also so close the the Cape, Martha's Vinyard, Mystic, Providence, Connecticut, Vermont,and a million other interesting places. If you went to visit Boston, you would want to go back again and again.
I really enjoyed walking around in Boston. There is so many different areas with different things to see and do in them. I really liked Cambridge but I don't know if it was beacause of the odd shops and restaurants or the fact that I lived in a very friendly and relaxed house:) Cambridge is also close to Harvard and I liked that area too.
Fondest memory: Must be my most generous host Mike:)
There is a lot to see and do in Boston. The following are suggestions: 1. Visit the Old State House. 2. Fanueil Hall and Qunicy market. 3. Go to the New England aquarium ( many say the best in America ) 4. See the Old Ironsides ship in Charleston 5. Visit the Old South meeting house- great museum . 6. Go to the top of the John Hancock tower- great views of Boston. 7. Take a stroll on Boston Common ( NOT at night ) 8. Visit the student area around Commonwealth Avenue, Kenmore Square- great ambience. 9. Go clubbing, again Student area is great for this. 10. Visit the JFK Presidential library in Columbia point , Dorchester. 11. Visit Harvard University, stroll around the grounds, soak up the atmosphere. Have your picture taken and then you too can say you went to Harvard ! 12. Admire the architecture in Copley Square.
Fondest memory: Lots. The Old South Meeting house was great - real sense of history and immaculate displays. I enjoyed Harvard and the area around the news stand- very 'hip'
The JFK library was impressive with interesting and moving exhibits ( it's been recently enlarged and further improved ) Nightlife is superb. Trust me.
If you are planning to visit Boston, it is very important to book a hotel room early (especially if you care about getting a good price! Also, once you are here, buy a map of the city that has the routes of the subway system on it. The subway, known as the 'T' is a cheap and easy way to get around. It can take you to all kinds of good places, like to the Aquarium, the Science Museum, the Prudential building (the tallest in Boston), Harvard Square (which is a bit of a freak show), Fenway Park to see a Red Sox game, etc. It can take you to the bars...but not home from them (it closes at 1:30 am-no more trains!)
Fondest memory: I like to take a walk in the North End of Boston in the winter. The North End is a variable Little Italy, complete with Italian pastry and espresso shops, where little old men watch Italian soccer games on TV.
Boston is meant for walking. This is a remarkably compact city whose labyrinthine streets will delight the stroller, although they can -- and often do -- push drivers over the edge. An hour's stroll will take you from sites in the North End to Beacon Hill's mansions. You can explore the country's oldest public park, the Boston Common, in the morning, tour a Back Bay Victorian in the afternoon, and in the evening dine on Szechuan seafood in Chinatown or gnocchi in the North End. One of the joys of wandering Boston is absorbing the character of each neighborhood. Beacon Hill exudes power, prestige, and history; in the Old West End, time seems to zoom by and then, a minute later, magically stand still; Bostonians love to hate the sometimes antiseptic Government Center; the North End is a haven for Italian restaurants; Charlestown remains a predominantly Irish-American enclave; the downtown area features historic sights in a thoroughly 'Manhattanized' locale; Back Bay remains a living museum of urban Victorian residential architecture; the gentrified South End is an anomaly of planning and architecture; and hope springs eternal for a World Series pennant at Fenway Park.
Cambridge -- technically a city west of Boston, but more a collection of neighborhoods -- has a long history as a haven for freethinkers, writers, activists, and iconoclasts. All streets in Cambridge inevitably lead to Harvard Square, an essential stop on your Boston tour.Here's our highly selective list of the very best things to see and do.
avoid the tourist traps. OK, do them once, but don't spend your time hangin' in Fanuil Hall the entire time, or planning your day around the John Hancock building. In my opinion, boring! Do the artsy stuff - go to stores you won't be able to find anywhare else. My favorite - PLUTO in Davis squrae. You should go to Bertuccis or better tyet any Italian resturant in the North End. By all means, DO NOT go to places like the Gap. Why even bother leaving your home town? GO to the Deli Haus after midnight at Kenmore Square.
Fondest memory: Ramming aorund the Children's museum when I was little, going back stage at the New England Aquarium (where I now work), riding the subway and not having to think about driving anywhere, skating in the Commons.