Perhaps Boston can be best described as a welcome contradiction: Hip alongside historic. Skyscrapers surround parks. Gourmet meets pizza. Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest settlements in the country and has preserved its past better than any other city. Walking the streets of Boston you will find 18th-century churches, redbrick meeting houses, and even the nation’s oldest continuously-operated watering hole, the Bell-in-Hand Tavern.
Just as the city pays homage to every period of America’s timeline, it also serves as all things to all people. If you’re unfamiliar with our city, take a moment to wander through Boston’s distinct neighborhoods. Each is so infused with its own unique culture and flavor that visiting Boston is often like visiting different parts of the world, all in one stop. From the Back Bay’s cosmopolitan streets and ornate Victorian townhouses to the aromas spilling into the narrow and jumbled 17-century streets of Boston’s North End to the spirited and funky neighborhood squares of Cambridge-all within easy distance from one another.
Boston is a more diverse city then you may realize, over 140 languages are spoken here and more than 80 different countries are represented. Our Neighborhoods are full of life with a flavorful and cultural vibe. Our Chinatown neighborhood is the third largest in the country, with amazing restaurants and stores; it’s definitely worth the trip! Chinatown is also home to their very own part of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, it has modern gardens and a river stream fountain that’s great to play in.
“How bout them apples?” (We know you can name the movie.) Like that one, some of the most famous scenes in film history have been filmed in Boston, and many more will soon be: recent tax breaks for the movie industry mean production companies have been flocking to film in Beantown. For true film buffs, the Boston Movie Mile is not to be missed – where you can experience movie and filming hotspots firsthand! Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz could be seen filming a chase scene at the South Boston Waterfront and throughout the South End in spy thriller Knight & Day. The Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island, brought Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley to the area. More recently the movie Ted has been based in Boston starring Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg & Seth MacFarlane.
Boston is known for its championships sports teams, and rowdy sports fans. So get in on the action and check out our professional sports teams, the Boston Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics or New England Patriots. The Red Sox play at Fenway Park, America’s most beloved park and in our opinion the most beautiful. While the TD Gardenis home to the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins as well many other sports and entertainment events.
For more ideas, you can explore Boston by Season, which helps you discover the top experiences for the time of year. After all, Boston changes dramatically with each page of the calendar. There’s alsoBoston Everyday, which tells you what to do, where to stay, where to eat, and where to shop on all 365 days. And you can also see a complete calendar of events in Boston. So jump right in and plan your trip, get ideas from Boston Insider, or just learn all about Boston.To find out more information about things to do in Boston, or to start planning your own USA adventure, take a look at the Discover America website where they have lots of great suggestions of things to do. And don’t forget to check out their Facebook and Twitter pages. In the meantime, why not live vicariously through Charley and Russ, and follow their adventure road trip around the USA on Facebook and Twitter. #EFUSA #Roadtrip