When you arrive in Boston, you don’t feel like a typical American citizen, but rather like a European city. This feeling is due to its architecture, its cobbled streets and its monuments with their characteristic red bricks.
If you are planning to visit New York and its surroundings, Boston has the right requirements to be included in your tour even for a simple one-day visit.
As already announced in the Washington article, the distance between American metropolises is considerable. In this case, there are 346 km between New York and Boston, but you can visit it during the day.
How to get Boston from New York?
1. Renting a car (4h)
2. Taking the train (3h) about € 83
3. By a tour operator with guide and bus (4h)
4. Taking an internal flight between NY and Boston (1h)
Again, I chose the third option, which includes a bus package and a tour guide. When you have little time and have to make big trips, tours are sometimes the best choice because they allow you to rest during the trip and see directly the places of interest without leaving room for getting lost and going wrong, all at the price of €150.
The visit to Boston is very simple because you just have to follow the Freedom Trail. You’ll wonder what it is and it’s simply a line of red bricks on the floor that runs and guides us through the city of Boston along the monuments and buildings that have marked the history of Boston and the history of American independence.
History of Boston
The American War of Independence began in 1775 and ended in 1783 between the 13 American colonies flanked by France and the United Kingdom. It was in Boston where local merchants, organized under the name of “Children of Freedom”, tired of the weight of taxes and no longer having the monopoly of tea, which was the English, started a sensational rebellion: the night of December 16, 1773 disguised as Indians attacked the ships of the East India Company (we have already discovered in the trip to Amsterdam) stopped at the port of Boston and poured the contents of the holds (tea) at sea. This episode was nicknamed the Boston Tea Party, which can be found mentioned between the lines of the city, and was one of the episodes that led to the beginning of the war of Independence.
The path of freedom is 4 km long and begins at South Station, passing through 16 locations with different signs on land, cemeteries, churches, historic buildings and a historic warship. All this in a concentrated area of the city and therefore easy to follow.
A walk through the gardens of Harvard should be taken, especially to say one day that you went to Harvard bragging about it jokingly. A curiosity is that in the same city there are two of the most important American universities that make Boston the capital of culture and scientific research in the Western world: Harvard and MIT, among which there is a strong rivalry.
Harvard University was founded in 1636 by John Harvard and officially became a university in 1780. The structure is made up of small red brick houses arranged around a lawn that makes the atmosphere quiet and without distractions. The University’s motto is “Veritas” but curiosity has it that it is based on three lies on the plaque of the statue in the central garden:
1) The statue does not represent John Harvard but an ordinary student;
2) John Harvard is not the founder but the first great benefactor;
3) The year of foundation reported is two years later.
Moreover, the statue is the destination of a superstitious gesture for the students. In fact it is said that touching her foot brings luck, academically speaking.
After this long walk, what could I recommend? A meal worthy of note and recommendations. You are in Boston where a specialty is lobster. At the Quincy Market you will find a large market in a building with many different stands where you can find food and shops where you can shop. I suggest you try the lobster sandwich in sauce and the lobster soup served inside a loaf of hollowed-out bread. A delight!
I spent a nice day in Boston and it will be for its European style and the treasure hunt of the Path of Freedom to follow that allowed me to discover it in a simple and interesting way. For this reason I can say that it is approved by Call me Claire.