From New York to Boston where the frenetic pace suddenly became a lot calmer. I had arrived in the capital of Massachusetts as the sun was beginning to set lighting up the late evening sky with a mix of colours and setting the tone for a beautiful evening. I offloaded my bags at my accommodation and made a beeline for the Fan Pier. The mood was relaxed, as the late summer’s evening had taken on a rather serene atmosphere with a perfect stillness capturing the moment as I walked along the water front without a care in the world. The scene was set for the perfect evening as I set up my camera and watched the world pass me by.
My late evening’s stroll along the Fan Pier was without doubt the perfect introduction to Boston. An array of different colours captured the evening skyline and had me mesmerised as I ambled along the waterfront. Late evening runners passed me by along with dog walkers, couples and families who were all enjoying the last flickering remnants of the Boston sunshine. I pulled up a seat along the waterfront as I disappeared from reality and watched the sailboats as they bobbed along the waterfront
Hi Hostel Boston; located within the heart of Boston the hostel offers a cheap accommodation option for your stay in the city. Clean, well located and with a good relaxation and working area the hostel is a good option for those that are on a budget.
The Revolution Hotel; an eclectic, cool, boutique hotel, located within Boston’s charming South End offers you accommodation within the capital of Massachusetts with a stylish charm. So if you decide to park yourself here for your stay in Boston then you will be well placed to explore this fantastic city whilst providing yourself with plenty of fantastic local dining options.
Located close to my accommodation was Boston Common and Boston Public Park. After a short walk through the common, I crossed over into the park and I have to say that it is one of the prettiest and well kept parks that I have visited. Commanding central stage is the park’s lagoon. Here you can take a swan boat ride, admire the real swans that take up residence inside the park, admire the park’s statues, or just park up at a comfortable spot and unwind. For the more romantically inclined, you can even get married in the park if the mood should take you.
Just a short stroll from the park you will find the ever popular Acorn Street; located within Beacon Hill, it is the most photographed street in Boston and for good reason. With its cobblestone street and Victorian brick row houses, aligned with antique lanterns and a cobblestone road all helping make this quaint street the perfect photo opportunity.
If you’re fascinated by grand architecture then you are going to want to visit Boston Public Library. Stunning collides with a dash of serene at this peaceful, calm haven, away from the hectic nature of city living.
Not to be outdone by its neighbour and a mere stone’s throw away situated within Boston’s Back Bay neighbourhood lies Trinity Church. Take a walk around the outside to admire the imposing stature of this church before stepping foot inside to take an admiring glance at the stunning architecture.
A little of the beaten track lies the Underground at Ink Block; once an 8 acre underpass now converted into an inviting urban park that is home to creative street art, a dog park, food and beverage outlets, pedestrian boardwalks and bicycle paths, making for an accessible cool offbeat place to hang out that will guarantee to inject a splash of colour into your day.
A trip to Boston wouldn’t be complete without taking in The Freedom Trail. A 2.5 mile long path that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Starting at Boston Common and finishing up at Bunker Hill the trail is a great way to immerse yourself within American history and gives you the opportunity to see a large part of Boston.
Along the Freedom trail you will pass through Boston’s North End; the heart of Boston’s Italian community is a maze of narrow streets and is home to some of the city’s oldest buildings. Italian restaurants, coffee houses, pastry shops and old school delis are scattered throughout this historical part of Boston.
If you are interested in sports then there is only one place to visit in Boston- Fenway Park! Baseball culture runs deep in Boston so why not take in a Red Sox game if they happen to be playing when you are in town. If there is no game then you can take a tour of Fenway Park and immerse yourself within the history of the USA’s oldest Major League Baseball stadium.
One of Boston’s headline attractions is The New England Aquarium; with thousands of sea animals that range from sea lions to sea turtles, sea dragons and stingrays the aquarium has over 1.3 million visitors a year and is a great place to spend an afternoon.
With more than 450,000 works of art you would be hard pressed not to ignite an artistic flare when visiting Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. With one of the most comprehensive collections in the Americas, attracting more than 1.2 million visitors a year helping to make this cultural hot spot the 52nd most visited art museum in the world as of 2019 and a must see attraction when visiting Boston.
If you have cash on the hip then a trip to Newbury Street is in order! Lined with boutiques, salons, coffee houses and eateries; take a stroll along this well known shopping haven and indulge yourself. Be sure to check out Trident Booksellers and Cafe- a cool little bookshop that sits at the end of this shopping paradise.
A perfect way to round off a summer’s evening in Boston is to take a stroll along the Esplanade and the Charles River Esplanade. The 3 mile walkway along the picturesque waterfront is the perfect way to wind down in an evening and take in the sun as it sets over Boston. I must say that the Esplanade is a cool place to hang out of an evening in Boston’s summer months with people out enjoying a late evening stroll, run, or just relaxing and having fun. It was here that I spent my last evening reflecting upon what a fantastically cool city Boston is with its calm and laid back personality it has a slower pace charm that captured my imagination and had put me into wanderlust overdrive leaving me carefree and excited about visiting my next destination the nation’s darling- Washington DC.