Planning to visit Boston, but don’t have time to stay long? Don’t worry. You don’t need a week or ten days to see the city. Three days is all you need to get the best of Boston, which is also one of the oldest cities in the US and a part of America’s rich political history. Here is what you can do and what you must see on a 3-day trip to Boston.
What to See
Boston is filled with interesting places to see and experience. But when you are short on time, here are the places you must have on your list.
Harvard Museum of Natural History – One of the three research museums of Harvard University, the Museum of Natural History has over 21 million specimens on display that are intriguing in their own way. This is a place you must visit when traveling with ids.
Mt. Auburn Cemetery – The resting place of Longfellow, Mt. Auburn Cemetery is the best landscaped cemetery in the US and a National Historical Landmark. The place has over 500 trees which make it colorful and less eerie for a cemetery. The place is open to visitors who enjoy strolling along the 175 acre cemetery decked with ponds, beautifully sculptured headstones, clearings and hills.
Museum of Fine Arts – This is the second most popular attraction in Boston, and visited by a number of tourists every day. This museum has the widest collection of impressionist art, Egyptian art, early American art and other expressions of modern art from around the world.
Beacon Hill – This is the famous neighborhood of the Boston Brahmins, the upper class society of Boston. The streets are filled with red-bricked sidewalks, cobblestoned streets, gas lamps and elegant townhouses all reminiscent of the Boston upper class – the Cabots, the Adams, Appletons, Coolidge, Coopers, Dwights, Emersons, Forbes, Quincy family and Winthrops among others.
What to Do
Freedom Trail – The Freedom Trail is the most popular destination for tourists visiting Boston. More than seven travel operators in the city offer Freedom Trail tours every day. You can go on the usual group tours, or ask for custom group tours if you are travelling with friends and family.
Faneuil Hall Market – One of the most popular shopping destinations in the city, the Faneuil Hall Marketplace is an urban shopping complex with retail outlets, restaurants and pubs. The place also has a popular ice cream parlor that Bostonians visit often.
Black Heritage Trail – This is yet another walking tour in Boston that tells you about the 19th century history of African Americans.
Boston Public Garden – The first ever public garden in America, the Boston Public Garden is home to a variety of trees, Swan Boats and beautifully arranged array of flowers. Just go for a walk here to enjoy the weather and get a feel of the Olde Towne.
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