Places to visit in Boston

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Boston, wow! An old American city filled with historic tea parties and colonial wars. However, there are also other interesting things to do when visiting besides looking at ancient historical buildings that make you reminisce about your high school U.S. history class. Boston has changed over the past two centuries and is now a diverse city with many interesting spots to visit. I’ve been in this city for the past week and simply can’t get enough of the area. While being a tourist at the classic sites, there are also trendy stores to stop by and delicious food to try! 

Here’s a list of cool spots to visit the next time you’re in Boston. I recommend getting a train pass so you can get across the whole city within an hour! 

Copley Square

This area of Boston is probably my favorite. There’s a beautiful lake within walking distance to many shops and restaurants to relax at. The whole atmosphere here feels eccentric, with the townspeople singing their favorite melodies. There’s also the beautiful Trinity Church in the square, which draws attention because of the extravagant architectural design. Copley Square is a must-visit when in the city! 

Museum of the Fine Arts 

If you’re into art, this is definitely the spot for you! They have a huge variety of exhibitions to see — from historical architecture sets to famous immersive paintings, such as Claude Monet’s art. While I may be biased towards this museum because of my love for J.M.W. Turner paintings — which was an ongoing exhibit — all the art here was truly amazing. 

Newbury Street 

Newbury Street was such a great experience because of the iconic brownstone architecture that made up the whole row. They also had a huge range of stores and small boutiques I enjoyed browsing through. In addition to the fabulous shopping scene, there were so many delicious restaurants and snack spots I wanted to try here! Famous bakeries such as Levain and Georgetown Cupcake are located here. If you’re not one for the hype, I also saw smaller bakeries to visit, such as Little Miss Cupcape. Don’t forget to stop by the delicious restaurants including Buttermilk and Bourbon. Or if you want a casual spot, grab a slice of pizza from Dirty Water Dough. 

Faneuil Hall Marketplace 

The archival Faneuil Hall, also known as Quincy Market, has a long history. It developed from a historical marketplace to a bustling hall. Walking down its narrowed pathway, you’ll see restaurant after restaurant. It also has souvenir shops that sell cute trinkets to remember Boston by. And who could forget the food? There’s a huge variety of food including lobster rolls and mac ‘n’ cheese. While I love a good pasta, I’d recommend going for dessert at the delicious bakery. Despite it being a tourist attraction, it’s worth dropping by — even for a quick photo op. 

Mike’s Pastry 

Obviously, I can’t recommend places in Boston if I fail to mention the iconic Mike’s Pastry. If you haven’t heard, it sells rave-worthy cannoli. If you want a taste though, you should be prepared to wait in a lengthy line and bring cash. I wouldn’t go as far to say it sells the best pastries ever, but if you come to Boston, I encourage you to taste for yourself. 

This isn’t all of Boston, of course, but only the quickest rundown I could give you. There’s still so many places I want to share, but these are the most prominent places that stand out to me. The next time you find yourself in the city of Boston, I hope you get the chance to experience all of its wonder! 

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