Boston, one of America's oldest cities, is an inspiring example of old and new. Buildings clad in Federal-style architecture mingle with skyscrapers, churches and pubs filled with history celebrate the path to American independence while shopping areas celebrate capitalism. Small a town as it is, Boston has a lot of character, and a lot of characters.
Boston carries so much weight historically because of its role in American independence. Following the Freedom Trail in Downtown Boston, you will see the cultural importance of its many landmarks, preserved and upkept for about 400 years. Starting at Boston Common, one of the oldest city parks in America, you can trace the beginnings of a nation in turmoil.
You’ll also feel the intellectual weight of Boston because of its many universities. Home to over fifty institutions of higher learning, the city itself can be called the Athens of America. Not only can Boston claim to have the oldest university in the nation (Harvard), it can also claim to have the oldest public school system in the United States. Very much centered around this intellectual community is the staggering appreciation for the arts along with the sciences.
To keep up with the firsts Boston can also claim to have the first underground rapid transit system in the United States, known by many simply as the T. This makes traveling around Boston even easier and getting around to the history that much faster and more convenient. If that doesn’t satisfy enough of your firsts, how about the oldest restaurant in America, Ye Olde Union Oyster House? Or how about visiting the Cradle of Liberty, otherwise known as Faneuil Hall?
There is so much to see and do in Boston, and for good reason. It’s been around for about 400 years, and I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say it’ll be around for 400 more.