Having found itself at the heart of a number of cultural revolutions over the years, and a centre of anything from religious freedom to philosophy, Boston is nevertheless an averaged sized and unassuming city. It’s progressive, barrier-breaking outlook and prominent role in American visual arts, however, push the case for promoting it’s massive contribution to liberal American culture, and help justify the city’s controversial ‘Athens of America’ tag and astounding international reputation.
You’ll probably want to immerse yourself in the city’s impressive history, and a good place to start is by following the neatly laid out freedom trail. It’ll take you through sixteen important sites; everything from Boston Common (America’s oldest public path) to the Bunker Hill Monument, with plenty in the way of revolutionary landmarks to ogle on the way.
If you want to get a feel for New England, you can do that without even leaving the city, too. Head for Boston Harbor, where you can camp out under the stars on one of the narrow islands, or scramble around a ruined fort on your hands and knees before taking a frosty dip in the North Atlantic. Follow it up with a trip to the patriotic Samuel Adams brewery, and wash away the shivers with a sample and an insight into the beer making process.
It wouldn’t be Boston, of course, without a passion for baseball, and a visit to Fenway Park is an essential part of the Boston experience. Have a hot dog and a beer at a game and soak up the local’s passion for Fenway Park. In extended pleasure, head for one of the countless cultural events that Boston’s become known for: art exhibitions, musical events, and there’s plenty to keep you busy, especially around Independence Day, when the Charles River and Boston Harbor becomes the heart of a mammoth cultural festival. You can save a small fortune on it all by snapping up a Boston City Pass early on in your trip.
A liberal take on American cultural tradition lies deep in Boston’s core, making it an enjoyable and ever important city. Dive into its eclectic heart, and make the most of it.
Cambridge, MA, is home to Harvard and MIT universities, and a really good branch of Newbury comics. There are some shops, some really good live music venues, and some restaurants.
Somerville, Massachusetts is located 3-4km Northeast of Boston city proper.
The biggest shopping venue of the county, Assembly Row, is located at 340 Canal St, Somerville, MA.
Salem, MA is usually associated accosicated for it's tourism and cultural aspects typically associated with the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. This aspect of the city is embraced highly.