How To Spend Three Days in Boston

My first escape from the Big Apple came in the form of a girly city-break to Boston! Four uni-girls; two from U.K. (country-girl and city-girl) and two from U.S. (Seattleite and New Yorker) made for a full house (or Air B'n'B) and a happy local liquor store! A few precious days of vacation booked and three days in a new city awaits.

Standing innovation for Amtrak and a comfortable, picturesque train ride from New York to Boston along the east coast. If you are used to the British transport networks, Amtrak is like travelling first class. Hello reclining seats, downloads on Netflix and a train picnic later. Flights to Boston are commonplace from most major American cities too (e.g. Seattle, New York etc.) and internationally.

Uber. Lyft. Curb. Whichever app you have, your chariot awaits in Boston. We met some interesting Uber drivers including one who sang the entire rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" en route  and gave us tips of where to go dancing, another practised out his English accent on us and one less amiable driver got into a shouting match due to his rather selfish parking outside our apartment! Whilst we were staying in an area south of Boston, we were conveniently located on the Red Line which was just two stops from South Station and five stops from Boston Common. Equally, Boston has earned its nickname as 'America's Walking City' due to it's close proximity making walking the #1 mode of transit!

Thank you Twitter, Instagram and IRL friends for recommendations of what to do in Boston. We had the perfect list to refer to in moments of decision and also had the freedom to follow the cobbled streets in the sunshine. If you're short for time, here are the must do's:

Day One
The Freedom Trail is the perfect 2.5 mile introduction to the city on foot taking in the history of the United States. Once you've worked up an appetite, head to the waterfront and feast your eyes upon the endless food stalls at Quincy's Food Market. Whilst in the area, look out for street entertainment and you can catch a ferry to Boston Harbour Islands. Take the afternoon to explore the #1 attraction in Boston with the Tea Party Ships & Museum for an interactive experience of the events that started the American revolution. Once the historical adventures are complete, Abigail's tea-room offers a sweet treat. Alternatively, Blackbird Doughnuts came highly recommended if you like to walk a few thousand steps before your sugar in-take!
Day Two
A trip to Boston wouldn't be complete without, at least, half a day at Harvard University. Prepare to feel intimidated by the genius that surrounds you and even entertains you on a free campus walk on the hour. You can easily hop on a train or grab a taxi to Harvard University. The surrounding streets offer great eateries and homeware shops that seem rather out of place for dorm rooms. Return to the hub of the city with a river cruise to see the city by water. We opted for a(nother) taxi to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for a spot of fine art and culture. Explore the incredibly well-connected home of Isabella Gardner - described as the seventh wonder of Boston - adorned with famous masterpieces hanging from every wall. Work your way up to the top floor where you see an incredibly radical portrait of the lady herself which her husband banned from public display! Round up the day with a beer in the infamous Cheers pub.

Day Three
My third and final day exploring the idyllic Beacon Street area was my favourite. It's the place where Instagrammers and bloggers flock for the perfect picture. Grab a bite to eat from Tatte Bakery & Cafe for sweet pastries or brunch before weaving through the side streets complete with cobbled streets and brownstones. Stroll through Boston Common and Boston Public Gardens to hit the shopping district - Newbury Street aka. Fashion Walk - for your Kate Spade, Sephora and Reiss stores. For a more unique shopping experience, head to West Street to brown the open-air book store with $1-$5 bargains to be bought! On the topic of reading, Boston Public Library is gorgeous to explore! Top off your city-break by cheering along the Boston Red Sox at a baseball game!
I hope you've enjoyed my three-day itinerary - adequate time to explore, experience and devour Boston! All four of us left there feeling sure we would all move there if the opportunity arose!

Have you got any Boston highlights?


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