Are you an Expat wanting to plan for your next family vacation or business trip? Nestled in the northeast corner of the country is Boston, a mid-sized city packed with beauty, culture… and its fair share of attitude! The scenic fall foliage characteristic of the New England region makes the autumn months a particularly delightful time to enjoy Boston, but this is a city worth exploring in any season — as long as you can handle a snowstorm (or two, or three…) in the winter months. Here are five reasons a visit to Boston is worth squeezing into your next trip stateside.
Follow in the Footsteps of the Founding Fathers
Few cities in the U.S. are as grounded in the nation’s history as Boston, the “shining city upon a hill” of the Massachusetts Bay pilgrims. The Freedom Trail offers a unique walking tour that covers sixteen historical sites across the city, including Paul Revere’s house and the quaint Faneuil Hall marketplace. As you walk through Boston Common and along the old cobblestone streets of a city first settled in the seventeenth century, you’re bound to learn a few things about the colonial era, Revolutionary War, and the founding of the United States.
Enjoy Seafood and Scenery
You’ve probably heard that the food to try when in Boston is the clam chowder, but you won’t be disappointed by any of the seafood the city has to offer. Enjoy a scenic stroll around any branch of the the Harborwalk, take your pick from the many locally-stocked seafood restaurants, and sit back for a delicious meal while looking out over the piers and shorelines.
Celebrate Centuries of Sports Dynasties
New England sports fans are known for their passionate, and often boisterous, dedication to their teams. And for good reason: collectively, Boston’s professional sports teams have won nearly ten national championships in as many years. Fenway Park, home to the Red Sox and the famed Green Monster” left field wall, is the oldest stadium in all of Major League Baseball. If you go to a game, you’ll want to stay until the bottom of the eighth inning to get the full experience and join the entire stadium in singing along to Neil Diamond’s classic “Sweet Caroline.” And if America’s pastime isn’t yours, that’s alright too — enjoy a Bruins hockey matchup or Celtics basketball game, or support any of the several local university teams!
Indulge Your Inner Literature Buff
Have a sweet spot for American literature? Chances are some of your favorite authors spent time writing in and being inspired by Boston. Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allen Poe, and Edith Wharton and are among those famous authors who embraced Boston as a temporary home and perpetual muse. Though many of their homes are outside the city itself, most are open to visitors and display an exciting array of historic literary artifacts for the devoted bookworm in your group.
…And Do It All on Foot!
Boston is consistently ranked among the most walkable cities in the United States. Although the subway system — known as the T — is both reliable and efficient, Boston is a delightful city to enjoy on foot or by bike when the weather is cooperating. Trips to Boston are also very scalable, so whether you have a week or a weekend to explore, it’s a great location to pick for a great time and a whirlwind U.S. history lesson!