With an important place in the history of modern America, Boston will always be associated with American Freedom thanks to the city’s key role in the American Revolution.
The Boston of today remains an influential part of the East Coast, primarily thanks to its position as a higher seat of learning and reputation as one of America’s most upscale and progressive cities.
Famed for their non-rhotic accents, Bostonians are proud of their Revolutionary past and role in freeing America from British rule. With defining events such as the Boston Tea Party and Boston Massacre taking place in and around the city, it is no surprise that history still plays an important role today.
To this end, the city has a Freedom Trail – a 2.5 mile walk from the elegant to Boston Common Park to Charlestown. Marked entirely in red brick, the trail takes in 16 important sites related to America’s struggle. Including such places as Paul Revere House and the Old South Meeting House, the self-guided tour concludes at the USS Constitution – the world’s oldest military ship still afloat.
Boston is famed throughout the world as the home of Harvard University. Whilst few receive the chance to study at this prestigious school, the magnificent buildings are well worth visiting – not least to view the university’s public areas such as the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Whilst not as high in status as Harvard, Boston is home to many other esteemed seats of learning also worth visiting including Tufts University and Boston College.
As you might expect for a city famed for its intellectual prowess, museums and cultural activities are abound. Ranging from grand museums like the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Science, Boston is also home to more down to earth institutions such as Boston Children’s Museum, the New England Aquarium and Franklin Park Zoo – all perfect for family fun with an educational slant.
As a city, Boston is also renowned for its fine theatres and performing arts organisations. Based in superbly ornate theatres such as the Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston Opera House and Orpheum Theatre, visitors to the city can enjoy performances from celebrated companies such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Ballet – the perfect way to relax and drink in the culture and history of one of America’s most impressive cities.