Future Location: Boston

So, post-graduation, I plan to move out of Wisconsin. Pending certain circumstances, I have several potential cities in mind. Today, I’ll cover one: Boston. I’ll go on to cover all these U.S. cities, about what to do there, what to see, what to eat, and the perks of each one. You can think of this as a pro-con list, but measured only in pros. And in blog form. Here goes!

Boston Skyline
Boston, Mass.

To do:

  • Whale-watching off the coast of Boston. You can see humpbacked, finback, and minke whales, and white sided dolphins. Which is awesome.
  • The Freedom Trail, which connects 16 historically significant sites. It starts at Boston Common, the country’s oldest park, and passes churches, graveyards, housing of government and the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned US navy warship. You also pass the Paul Revere House, and more.
  • The Public Garden, built in 1837, and the country’s first public botanical garden. You can even take out a Swan boat.
  • Fenway Park, to watch the Red Sox. Fenway is the oldest ballpark in the country, but tickets are also the most expensive. You can also take a tour there year-round. If you don’t make it to the stadium, I’ve read the The Cask ‘n Flagon sports bar across the street is great.
  • Trolley tours, to view John Adams and John Quincy Adams’ birthplaces, the oldest presidential birthplaces in the United States. The homes are still set in original 18th-century style.
  • See Beacon Hill, one of the city’s oldest neighborhood. According to 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, it is “something of an architectural time capsule” as most of the homes were built and designed in the first half of the 19th century. You can see the Boston Commons, Louisburg Square, or follow the Black Heritage Trail, which connects 14 historical sites, including a stop on the Underground Railroad.
  • The Boston Marathon, the oldest and one of the most prestigious marathons in the world. It’s also a main feature of the city’s Patriot Day celebration, which takes places the third Monday in April.
  • Tour the Samuel Adams Brewery. The website advertises “You’ll learn about our history and then drink it.” You see the whole brewing process, it also says.

To eat

  • Union Oyster House: “America’s oldest restaurant”, established in 1826.
  • Durgin-Park: serves comfort food and “classic New England fare” like Clam Chowder and Prime Rib Roast
  • Taj Boston: Fine-dining featuring primarily French and Italian cuisine
  • No. 9 Park Street: intimate, European-scale setting, primarily featuring a blend of “regionally-inspired Italian and French dishes with an emphasis on simplicity and flavor”.

To celebrate:

  • Harborfest. Harborfest takes place over the Fourth of July, lasts seven days, and features over 200 activities. Coastal Living recommends enjoying the seafood at Chowderfest or Union Oyster House, known as “America’s oldest restaurant in continuous service.” You can take part in a Tea Party reenactment, walk the Freedom Trail, and visit the festival venues. On Independence Day, 300,000 festivalgoers meet for a performance by the Boston Pops Orchestra at the Hatch Shell, which is followed by a fireworks show started off with Pops music and continuing with a 23-minute soundtrack featuring various artists’ songs.

To stay:

Next stop: San Diego, California


  1. On your restaurant list, how can you miss Legal Seafoods?

    Just stayed at the Taj, and it’s nice, but I think the others you mention are likely nicer.

  2. If you’re taking the subway to get around Boston, go in the Axiom art gallery attached to the Green Street subway station. They have really cool experimental art, and it’s free!

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