Ever since we visited Boston in the fall a couple of years ago, we’ve always talked about going back. It left such a memorable and positive impression on us, in fact, that we both said it’s somewhere we could live.
Liveable, walkable, friendly, clean, historic, Bean Town truly is a not-to-miss American city. It’s so easy to get around, you feel like a local in no time.
Baseball fan or not, you can’t visit Boston without paying a visit to the iconic “Cathedral of Boston.” Adam is a huge baseball fan, so naturally this was near the top of our list. And while we didn’t make it to a game unfortunately, just observing the beloved home of the Red Sox from the exterior was pretty special.
Just a jog north of the city of Boston and across the Charles River sits the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts – home to the prestigious Harvard University and MIT and, not to mention, the city in which Matt Damon and Ben Affleck met. A stroll through these campuses on a gorgeous fall day may not make you “Hahvahd smahht,” but it will certainly have you falling in love with the area.
3. Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall Marketplace
A historic complex in downtown Boston, the market is not only an architectural site but a great attraction for both locals and tourists that has food, gifts, shopping and restaurants. It’s also very close to the harbour, which makes it a great place to take in the sights of the Boston waterfront, only a short walk away.
The city’s proximity to the ocean makes it a renowned hotspot for fresh fish. Local vendors offer the best lobster rolls you can ask for, and upscale restaurants will plate you the finest scallops around. We loved Island Creek Oyster Bar not only for its delicious New England seafood, but for its chill ambiance and trendy environment.
5. Boston Common
Centrally located Boston Common is the oldest park in the United States which spans about 50 acres. It has an immense history dating back to the 1700s, acting as the site for a variety of purposes, including speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Paul II.
Strolling through its paths, over quaint bridges surrounded by swans and statues on a beautiful fall morning with coffee in hand had us feeling like we travelled back in time!
This is also where the Freedom Trail – a 2.5 mile historical walk of the city – begins. You can take guided tours or do your own, picking out the sites you wish to see at your own pace, like we did.