Top Travel Ideas: Boston

Blue seats at Fenway
By: Chase Elliott Clark

Boston, Massachusetts: an exciting city steeped in history, yet full of vivacious life.  Boston is a city that any world traveler needs to have on their bucket list.  Every time that I am getting ready to leave for Boston I get incredibly excited to start to plan my itinerary.

What do you see?

Boston was founded in 1630 by Puritan colonists and is one of the oldest cities in the United States of America.  To the unsuspecting tourist, the pure number of historical landmarks and tourist sites can be overwhelming.  To avoid becoming overwhelmed I recommend taking a walk along The Freedom Trail. You can follow the trail at your own pace or you can go on a tour with a character straight out of Colonial America!  The Freedom Trail is made up of 16 historical sights – including the site of the Boston Massacre, the U.S.S. Constitution, Faneuil Hall and Paul Revere’s house.

What do you do?

Boston has some awesome activities that you can experience while touring the city.  To start off, I’d recommend taking a tour of Fenway Park (yes, even if you aren’t a Red Sox fan!).  Fenway Park is a Boston landmark, and the tour allows you to see many areas that the general public would not have access to during a game.  You even are able to sit on the Green Giant, and honestly – who wouldn’t want to sit on such an important piece of baseball history?

After you are done touring Fenway, I’d recommend heading to the Boston Harbor and climbing aboard Codzilla. Codzilla is a 40 minute thrill ride around the Boston Harbor on a 70 foot boat that is painted to look like an evil shark and reaches speeds up to 40 mph!  Be prepared to hear everyone around you screaming and laughing their head off on what is referred to as a “water coaster.”

If 40mph is a bit too fast for you, you can also hop aboard a whale watching tour.  The World Wildlife Fund named Massachusetts as one of the top 10 whale-watching spots in the world, and Boston Harbor Cruises actually guarantees whale sightings!  If you do not see any whales on your excursion they will give you a free ticket for a future whale watch!

What do you eat?

Boston has some delicious spots for filling your belly after all of the sightseeing and thrill seeking that you’ve been doing!  If you’re craving a burger I highly recommend going to Boston Burger.  Boston Burger has some of the most interesting and delicious burger combinations that you could ever dream up.

Also, while in Boston, you’d be crazy not to try to find some clam chowder or other seafood dish to devour.  Boston is right on the ocean, so the seafood dishes are usually heads and tails above seafood dishes that you’d find in a more inland metropolis.  My favorite spot for clam chowder in Boston is the Legal Sea Foods that is next to the Harbor.

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