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Boston – first stop on our New England Roadtrip

Boston did not want us to leave – as we started our New England Road Trip the heavens opened making it hard to drive away!

We loved Boston, a city that is easy to explore and an ideal place to get over jetlag.

boston skyline charles river

Boston Skyline from The Charles River

Logan International Airport is only 3 miles from the city centre and was a quick cab ride to our hotel – The DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Downtown. We had a comfortable, relaxing stay and as AARP members were able to take advantage of the inclusive breakfast which was excellent.

The DoubleTree is in Boston’s Theatre District and we found that it was an easy walk to Chinatown, Boston Common and The Boston Waterfront. There are a wide variety of restaurants and bakeries within a short walk of the hotel.

On our first day, still tired from the journey, we decided to get our bearings using the hop on and off Old Town Trolley Tour and thoroughly enjoyed the commentary by the drivers.There are three separate routes you can travel on and the ticket also includes either entry to The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum or a Boston Harbor Cruise. We chose to go to the museum and had a great time becoming rabble rousers throwing tea into Boston Harbour!

boston tea part ship museum

Ready Steady – Throw The Tea!

After throwing the tea chests into the harbour, we walked across the bridge towards The Children’s Museum and had an excellent meal at The Barking Crab, a very lively waterfront seafood ‘shack’ with great views of the Boston Harbor.

Having got our bearings on our first day, we bought 7 day passes for the MBTA transport system which included the subway, buses and commuter boats. Our hotel,The Doubletree Downtown, was just beside Tufts subway station which made getting around very easy.

The subway was an easy way to go to Harvard University where we joined the excellent ‘HAHVAHD’ Tour. The tour starts just by the subway station and our guide was a Harvard student who could tell us all about life as an undergraduate.

We also did a lot of walking through different fascinating areas of Boston.  We explored part of the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail route that takes in 16 historically significant sites. You can also take a tour led by The Freedom Trail Players, 18th-century costumed guides. 

Of course we had to detour slightly near Paul Revere’s House to visit little Italy and indulge in freshly filled cannoli from the Little Italy bakeries!

boston city hall

Boston Old State House – Freedom Trail

Another way to explore Boston is with ‘Boston By Foot’. We took the interesting Back Bay Tour starting in Copley Square and wandering around the elegant surrounding streets.

After all the walking, we took a well earned relaxing cruise along the Charles River by Boston Harbour Cruises. The cruise passes under some amazing bridges on its way up The Charles River.

There are all sorts of boat trips you can take including whale watching.

boston boat trips

Thrills and spills or gentle cruises – something for everyone

 

This was our first visit to Boston, but I am sure it will not be our last as we have a lot more to explore. We ran out of time to see everything so next time we will try to visit:-

Salem – by commuter rail or ferry

John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

Boston Museums and Galleries

USS Constitution Museum

 

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