Home to some of the USA’s best seafood, universities, and sports teams, Boston is both a cosmopolitan hub and an unimposing small town. Walkable from end to end in just a couple of hours, the city is divided into several distinct neighbourhoods, each with its own flair. While the North End is home to the city’s vibrant Italian population, the South End is where the city’s arts community chooses to roost.
Start the day watching the boats come in at Boston Harbor. This historic spot played host to the infamous Boston Tea Party. A stroll to nearby (and equally historic) Faneuil Hall is a must.
Roam the winding, brick-lined streets of the North End, one of Boston’s oldest neighbourhoods. Grab a pastry at Mike’s, one of the country’s most legendary bakeries, loved by celebrities and US presidents alike.
Hop on a Boston Duck Tour from the New England Aquarium. These amphibious vehicles are the best way to see all the sights, before plunging into the Charles River for some of the best views of the ‘Beantown’ skyline.
Cross the river to Cambridge, home to two of Boston’s hallowed institutions – Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Head to Henrietta’s Table for a lunch sourced from local organic farms.
Spend the rest of the afternoon back in Boston proper, perusing the designer shops, smaller home-grown boutiques, cafés, and ice cream parlours of Newbury Street, and the equally luxe Copley Place mall.
Head over to the Museum of Fine Art – one of the largest museums in the country – home to over 450,000 works of art. The Renzo Piano-designed Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is also worth a visit.
Catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Boston takes its eight-time World Series-winning team very seriously, and the atmosphere is electric at the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.
Travel through Back Bay, marvelling at elegant mansions along tree-lined Commonwealth Avenue, ending up at the ultra-chic Ostra, one of Boston’s hottest tables, specialising in seafood.
Finish the night off with dessert, the sweet notes of jazz, and the best views of the city at Top of the Hub, perched high up on the Prudential Building, Boston’s iconic, second-tallest skyscraper.
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Flight Time: 13 hours, 45 minutes