As you may have seen from my Instagram holiday spam, I recently spent 10 days doing a mini road trip in America. My first stop was Boston. With only a short time to spend there, I thought I’d share my version of Boston in 48hrs.
First stop hotel
We booked a room in the Hilton DoubleTree Suites in Cambridge, I picked this location as it was within easy reach of the popular Cambridge area and Downtown. As you can see from the photos our views from the balcony of the Charles River and Downtown were pretty great. With just an afternoon free, and still running on UK time at 5hrs ahead we took a walk to Central Square and down to MIT before falling asleep at an embarassing 9:30pm.
Of course Harvard was top of my hit list, we decided to take a tour. Harvard’s Information Centre run hour long free tours led by a student. Top Tip: arrive 45mins early to register to get a place as you cannot reserve online. Our tour guide was really fun, and it was a great way to find out what it is like to study at one of the world’s most prestigious universities. The Hogwarts style dining hall was insane! To think that’s where a student eats three meals a day was pretty impressive. Of course I had to buy a Harvard college jumper. Although I was a little embarrassed when a lady in the loos at LaGuardia Airport asked me if I went there, I sheepishly has to say no it was a souvenir.
The Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a really fun free way to see all of the main sights of Boston without using a map. There is a red brick road you follow past all of the points of interest (think Dorothy), such as: The State House and The Bunker Hill Monument. Top Tip: when you stop for lunch come off The Freedom Trail and the restaurant prices drop significantly. Second top tip: order one plate for two, the meatball marinara is amazing! But also massive, and you don’t want to be carrying around leftovers all day.
The Bunker Hill Monument
To commemorate The Battle of Bunker Hill this 221 foot obelisk stands proudly on top of Bunker Hill. It is free to climb, however, the 294 spiral steps are not for the faint hearted! The view point from the top is a small enclosure, and when you’re squashed in with 15 school children sweating and unable to breath from the climb, it taints the experience. However, I’m glad I got to check it out.
Raw bars are everywhere in Boston offering fresh lobster and oysters, after taking a cab down to Fenway Park to see the infamous stadium I decided to give oysters a go accompanied by a cocktail or two. I was pleasantly surprised! However, American cocktails are much stronger than the watered down Woo woos we have in the UK. Just think hard liquor (and they don’t measure). Definitely cocktails that you sip and be prepared to have your head blown off.
Overall I feel I got to really see Boston in 48hrs after walking 12 miles according to my iPhone. So it was time to get the hour flight down to New York.