Sometimes, the most exciting trips are the shortest ones. In some of America’s smaller cities, all it takes is 24 hours to see the highlights and feel like you’ve really gotten a feel for the culture and attractions it has to offer. Fortunately, for those visiting Boston, 24 hours is plenty of time to hit the city’s biggest attractions and get to know what makes this cultural mecca tick. Before you head to Boston, make sure you’ve got these items on your to-do list:
Walk the Freedom Trail: Want to experience the best in Boston’s history? All it takes is a trip along the Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile walking trail hits 16 historic sites throughout the city, from cemeteries to churches to museums from the era of the American Revolution, each offering an exciting glimpse in to this historically-important city’s rich past.
Visit the Paul Revere House: Paul Revere is undeniably one of Boston’s most famed figures, a man who remains a symbol of American independence to this day. If you’re spending a day in Boston, head up to the North End and discover the place where this famed patriot once lived—and more importantly, where he set off for his midnight ride to alert his fellow countrymen that the British were on their way.
Check out the city’s stunning architecture: As a city steeped in history, Boston is home to some of the country’s most beautiful architecture, the best of which can be seen by simply walking the city’s streets. While you’re in town, check out the ultra-modern MIT Auditorium on Massachusetts Avenue, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts on Quincy Street in Cambridge, or the Institute of Contemporary Art on Harbor Shore Drive. Even if you’re just perusing the neighborhood around your hotel, there are likely to be a wealth of architectural gems to check out. For instance, in Back Bay, the city has changed dramatically with the creation of the Four Seasons Private Residences at One Dalton. This soaring luxury tower, which will open its doors to residents next year, boasts design from Harry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, creating a glamorous modern luxury residence in the heart of the city. Upon completion, the 61-story building will not only be New England’s tallest residential tower, but its most luxurious, with amenities ranging from a 65-foot indoor pool to a private theater room to a pet spa.
Discover the MIT Museum: Want to explore the wonders of the STEM world? Look no further than the MIT Museum. From exhibitions on engineering to robotics to oceanography, this museum is ideal for fostering a sense of wonder in children and adults alike. Better yet, the museum regularly hosts talks from some of the world’s preeminent talents in the STEM fields, who offer up insight to aspiring programmers and engineers.
Browse the wares at Faneuil Hall: If you’re feeling a bit peckish after a day of exploring the city, hit Faneuil Hall for some great food. This unique indoor marketplace is home to a wide variety of vendors plying wares from clothing to jewelry, but it’s the food that has customers coming back time and time again. From sweet treats at the Carol Ann Bake Shop to seafood and steaks at McCormick & Schmick’s, you can experience the best food Boston has to offer all in one place.
A short trip to Boston is all it takes to see the gems of this magnificent city. From Beacon Hill to Back Bay, this New England city is full of enough history and excitement to keep you eager to come back time and time again.