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Boston: Spring in America's Walking City

by andrew May 2011 - last edited February 2013 by Community Manager

The sun is out and we rather fancy a walk. There isn't much to see where we are though, so we're off for a photographic fantasy stroll round one of our favourite and most walkable cities.

 

Beacon Hill's red bricks, cobblestones and gas lamps are probably the first images that spring to mind when Boston is mentioned. All for good reason too, the area was settled in 1625 and to walk through its narrow streets is to stroll through American urban history.

Acorn Street in Beacon Hill by Francisco Diez on Flickr

Acorn Street in Beacon Hill by Francisco Diez on Flickr

 

 

From Beacon Hill take the green route via the Common and Public Gardens towards the district that dominates the skyline and where the classic (Trinity Church) meets the modern (John Hancock Tower). Take in the unique boutiques and period housing of Newbury Street and its neighbours and maybe spot a celeb or two.

Back Bay view by Susan Cole Kelly on Flickr

Back Bay view by Susan Cole Kelly on Flickr

 

 

Sport fan or not, you can't come to Boston without a little trip to Fenway Park, the century old home of the Red Sox. If you really can't be doing with baseball though there's still the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. Often forgotten, Fenway is also home to plenty of great restaurants and bars.

Aerial view of Fenway Kenmore neighbourhood by monkeyatlarge on Flickr

Aerial view of Fenway neighbourhood by monkeyatlarge on Flickr

 

Next navigate between the Victorian brownstones, hip shops and eateries, open spaces and diverse cultural landmarks of the South End. Mooch around the Boston Center for the Arts complex before venturing out towards South Boston's Irish pubs for a quick pint.

 

Bird's eye view of Boston's South End by Konstantin Lobastov Dreamstime.com

Bird's eye view of Boston's South End © Konstantin Lobastov | Dreamstime.com

 

 

From the South, hit the harbour and savour some seafood and perhaps a museum or two around the revitalized Fort Point, the setting for much of Scorcese's Oscar-winning The Departed.

Fort Point by Manu H on Flickr

Fort Point by Manu_H on Flickr

 

Cross over to the opposite waterfront and towards Boston's famous centre of life and significant Freedom Trail stop, Faneuil Hall. Enjoy some sidewalk entertainment in the upscale marketplace or head across to bustling Haymarket for fresh fruit bargains.

 

Faneuil Hall by Tony The Misfit on Flickr

Faneuil Hall by Tony The Misfit on Flickr

 

 

Next it's North End, once home of revered patriot Paul Revere, and still home to some of the best Italian-American cuisine in the States. Finally, walk off that cannoli with a wander through Christopher Columbus Park and maybe catch some evening entertainment.

North End sign pointing to Italian cities by Stephen Orsillo

North End sign pointing to Italian cities © Stephen Orsillo | Dreamstime.com

 

Of course, this just highlights some highlights, the hub of The Hub if you will, for more see our posts on the Best of Boston and Beyond Boston: The Best of Massachusetts.

Thanks to Flickr photographers Francisco Diez, Susan Cole Kelly, monkeyatlarge, Manu_H and Tony The Misfit. Other photos © Konstantin Lobastov and © Stephen Orsillo. Header image of Back Bay houses in spring © Jorge Salcedo | Dreamstime.com

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MartinRobb May 2011
Thanks for this - very timely, as we recently booked a Virgin flight to Boston in October. Let's hope the city looks as beautiful in the autumn as it does in the spring.
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May 2011
Thanks Martin, it's actually probably even better in the Autumn: beautiful New England 'fall foliage'.
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MarkJefferson March 2012
What a great guide, thanks. Boston is wonderful this time of year but no trip is complete without some time on the Cape. It's so easy to pop to Ptown on the ferry and it contrasts beautifully with the big city vibe of Boston.
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March 2012
Thanks Mark, that's exactly what I intend to do next time I go.
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TheUltimateSp April 2012
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Andrew is an occasional contributor to the Virgin Atlantic blog. He lived in the Japanese countryside for two years until he could no longer resist the pull of London's galleries, pubs and clubs. He likes to pretend he can speak Japanese and also sometimes writes about music.