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Published July 8th 2014
And it doesn't cost a fortune
As my second visit to the USA and first time to the east coast, I was incredibly excited to see everything there was to see that is, all the major attractions. And to be honest, it is quite possible to do Boston in a day and feel satisfied with the trip.
Boston is located in the state of Massachusetts, and the best time to visit is in Summer that is around June to August. The weather was perfect, if not too hot, and was a refreshing change from the Australian winter. As Boston is quite small size wise, it is easy to walk around the city and catch a subway or train to a few key stations.
The airport is located north east of the city, and the northern region is considered 'downtown' or the less affluent part. We chose to stay downtown at Holiday Inn, which was modest yet comfortable with breakfast included everyday. The room was one of the largest as we managed to get upgraded with points.
Whilst the town has a lot of history and cultural heritage to share, particularly with relation to immigration, fighting for independence and slavery and freedom from it, you can get a good feel for the town by visiting a few key spots.
The Freedom trail is a great introduction to Colonial Revolutionary Boston. One can take many tours or guide themselves along the trail, which can take a couple of hours to an entire day depending on how much time you want to dedicate to the monuments. The walk itself is free.
The Boston public library offers beautiful architecture within, which is worth seeing. There are multiple museums and galleries where you can learn a lot about the rich history of colonial Boston, and most of these charge a small fee on entry. We went to the old South meeting house, a historic landmark and the Old State house, which was very interesting and demonstrated the importance these places played in the American Revolution.
Walking around town, you will also see the Trinity Church, and the Farmer's Market, one of many around the city. The Boston Tea Party and Ships museum also is a very interesting and worth a visit.
The Boston Public Garden is a lovely park with water features to stay cool in the summer, with an array of various botanical features that add to it's colour and vibrance amidst the city. You can also see the town hall from the park/ Boston Common. Great stop for some photos and best of all, it is also free. The Boston Common is a short walk from Park train station.
After that, hop back on the train to get off at Harvard and visit the work famous Ivy League university for a buzz and pick up a souvenir or two - plenty of little shops everywhere. Harvard university students also offer tours of the University for about $10 in groups. They take about an hour and you can learn a little history and ask as many questions as you want.
Again you'll also find some lovely parks and restaurants along the street where you can grab some delicious shakes, burgers or Mexican. My favourite was Taco Truck - absolutely yummy andunlike any other Mexican flavours I've ever had for an affordable price.