The city of Boston is a treasure chest of historical gems, from grand, Colonial buildings to elegant naval yards. One of the oldest and loveliest cities in the United States, Boston is a must see destination on your USA tour.
Things to do in Boston, USA
The Freedom Trail encompasses 16 historical sights and covers two and half centuries of America's fascinating history. The red brick line allows visitors to follow the development of Boston from the grassroots up, as preserved by its devoted citizens. From buildings frequented by the first Mayflower settlers, to the country's oldest park, Boston is at the very heart of America’s foundations. What is more, keystones for the American Civil War, such as Faneuil Hall, can be found dotted across the city. With so much to experience, the Freedom Trail is a route that would provide any visitor with an authentic insight into the city of Boston.
A visit to Harvard University is a must on any Boston tour. Since its establishment in 1636 by the clergymen John Harvard, Harvard University has risen to become one of the most prestigious centres of education in the world. A leading member of the eight universities that comprise the Ivy League, Harvard now has one of the largest financial endowments of any non-profit organisation, second only to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Best known from the exterior as the setting and inspiration for the popular 1980s sitcom Cheers, the Bull and Finch Pub is today known as Cheers Beacon Hill when it was renamed in 2002 as a tribute to the show that inspires thousands of fans to visit. A host of tours around Boston include the Cheers Beacon Hill pub as it has proven to be an immensely popular tourist attraction for the city of Boston.
Boston's 50 acre common, known as Boston Common, was first established in 1634 making it one of the oldest city parks in the United States. Excavations that have been undertaken in the common have uncovered evidence that Native Americans may have once had a settlement there some 8,500 years ago. Due to its longevity, its small wonder that the Boston Common is steeped in history. The British were using it to camp out in before the 1775 Revolutionary War and until 1817, public hangings were commonplace. Boston Common today is just one section of the Emerald Necklace which is the name given to a series of connected parks that run though the city of Boston.