US Travel | 10 Memorable Adventures in Boston
The Old State House on the Freedom Trail (image: wallyg)
by: Grayson Leverenz
As classes wind down and thoughts of summer holidays fill your minds, I’d like to introduce the MBA in the USA travel series. From the hustle and bustle of the Northeast to the laid back attitude of the Northwest, the US offers a lot to see and do.
Let’s kick off the series with Boston, Massachusetts. Located in the northeastern US, Boston is one of the historical and cultural highlights of the country. Brandon and I met while we were both living in Boston; so the city holds many fantastic memories for me.
Here are my top 10 things to see and do in Boston. Click on each number to link to specifics.
1. Tour the Sam Adams Brewery.
When I moved to Boston, this was the first thing I did. Brewery tours are always a good time. You learn something, and get free beer at the end. OK, they ask for a $2 donation, but all the money goes to local charities.
2. Eat a lobster roll at the Barking Crab.
Enjoying a regional specialty in an authentically local restaurant is always a travel “must.” Lobster rolls and beer at the Barking Crab fit the bill for Boston.
3. Walk the Freedom Trail.
I’m sure I’ve told you before that I’m a big nerd. As such, I can’t get enough of the Freedom Trail. Experience the birth of the USA on this 2.5 mile journey through Boston. You’ll pass some of the most historical sites in the country as well as some great shopping and restaurants.
4. Indulge in Italian food at the North End’s La Summa.
Tucked on a side street off the main North End drag, La Summa’s owner makes her pasta from scratch, a tradition very rare in this day and age. Good food, good wine and good friends, that’s what life is all about.
5. Wander around Harvard Square.
Centered around the University, Harvard Square is always a fun place to explore. Coffee shops and bookstores line the streets; an eclectic children’s bookstore called Curious George Goes to WordsWorth is one of my favorites. It’s also really cool to see the first computer ever built at Harvard University.
6. Tango by Moonlight on the Weeks Footbridge.
I’m a huge fan of dancing, and Tango by Moonlight is such a fun way to spend a summer evening. People gather on the Weeks Footbridge in Cambridge for a short Argentine tango lesson, and then dance the night away under the stars. All levels are welcome.
7. Visit the Green Monster.
No trip to Boston would be complete without a visit to Fenway Park, otherwise known as the Green Monster, the home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. Home games happen often throughout the summer. If your schedule doesn’t work to go to a game, tours of the park are an option, too.
8. Shop on Newbury Street.
While you’re exploring Boston’s premiere shopping district, be sure to check out Trident Book Sellers, a quirky bookstore with magazines from all over the world. At the end of Newbury, veer off to Boylston Street for a sandwich at the Parish Café. The thing that makes it special is that the Parish Chef solicits other great chefs in Boston to submit sandwich ideas for the menu. As such, you get gourmet food at sandwich shop prices. Yum.
9. Have a drink at Top of the Hub.
Skip the Prudential Skywalk, and enjoy the views two floors above at the Top of the Hub Lounge. Listening to sultry jazz with the “Ultimate Vodka Martini” in hand is my idea of a perfect highpoint to a Boston getaway.
10. Laze over brunch in the South End.
The South End is worth a visit simply to enjoy the architecture, but brunch makes it truly memorable. Walking down Tremont Street opens all kinds of options for mimosas and creative entrees; Tremont 647 is one of the best.
What other cities would you like to see covered in the MBA in the USA Travel series?