Boston is as entwined in early American history as any other city in the U.S. including Philadelphia and New York City. It features some remarkable architecture, and is influenced by its ocean-side location. Among the notable attractions...
History and Culture
Throw a stone in Boston and you have a good chance of hitting something of historical value. The most popular of the historical stops is actually a series of stops along what is known as the Freedom Trail. From the Boston Common, a visitor will pass Granary Burial Grounds where legendary figures Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock are buried, Old South Meeting House where the Boston Tea Party was conceived, and the Old State House which is not only the oldest public building, but the site of the Boston Massacre. A can't miss stop in the city is Harvard University, the oldest university in America. The Harvard Art Museums hold some of the finest art in America. Also visit the various museums around the city and sit in for a listen to the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestras.
There are several locations to take in architecture in Boston. Beacon Hill has brick homes in the Federal and Greek Revival styles, with Nichols House Museum being a favorite stop for seeing how upper-class residents lived. Copley Square features Trinity Church which was designed in the Richardson Romanesque style, as well as the Boston Public Library which features Renaissance Revival architecture. Round this out with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
This area is one of the most prominent in the city. Here a visitor can take the HarborWalk to visit several places in one outing. Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, Commercial Wharf, Indian Wharf, and others make for great stops along the way to the Seaport District. There the visitor will find the Institute of Contemporary Art, a replica of one of the Boston Tea Party boats, as well as cafes. Also visit the U.S.S Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides. It is one of the original ships in the U.S. Navy and the site of a museum with the same name. A trip through Boston is literally a trip through the past of America.