Micro Guide: Boston
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Boston arguably offers more history per square mile than any other city in America. Add to that copious amounts of charm, two-hundred year old pubs, some of the country’s greatest sports franchises, and a revolutionary attitude that prevails to this day and you’ve got one hell of a destination city for travelers. Here’s a shortlist of where to sleep and what to see and do in Massachusetts’ most iconic city:
Drink: Tip a Few Back Like a Revolutionary
New England is home to some of the country’s oldest, most historically significant watering holes. Start at Warren Tavern in Charlestown — a true tavern that dates back to 1780 and has hosted the likes of George Washington and Paul Revere. Just over the bridge in downtown Boston, the Green Dragon Tavern dates back to the mid-seventeenth century and is arguably the home of the American Revolution. Historian Daniel Webster noted: “[I]t was in the Green Dragon that the plans for the invasion of Lexington and Concorde were overheard thus starting the famous ride of Paul Revere.”
Eat: Grab a Slice in the North End
Boston’s North End is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, as well as one of its best destinations to grab a bite. In just 0.4 square miles “Little Italy”, as it’s known, packs in 120 restaurants including some of the best pizza and Italian food on the East Coast. Check out Regina Pizzeria — the city’s most famous pizza joint with an almost obsessively loyal fan base. For a modern take on Boston’s unique pizza style, Todd English’s Figs offers a dozen styles including the Isabelle: country ham, aged provolone cheese, fresh asparagus, and sweet onion.
Crash: Sleep Like a Prisoner at The Liberty Hotel
The Liberty Hotel may be the city’s most iconic accommodations. The one time Charles Street Jail was converted into a boutique five-star hotel in 2007. It’s best known for its stunning, four-story lobby atrium that doubles as a swanky, contemporary bar and lounge that’s as popular with locals as with travelers. In addition to nearly 300 guestrooms, the hotel also offers five luxury bars and restaurants.
See: History and Hidden Shoe Stores
There’s no shortage of must-see experiences in Boston. Fashion-forward travelers won’t want to miss Bodega. This unique, trend-setting shoe store is hidden behind a fake Snapple machine inside an otherwise innocuous corner store. Even if you’re not into footwear, it’s worth a visit just for the (bizarre) experience. Nature lovers will appreciate a visit to Stellwagen Marine Sanctuary — the East Coast’s premier spot for whale-watching. History buffs have their pick of the well-known Freedom Trail or hundreds of other options including the site of the official Boston Tax Riot, the Boston Athenæum, and the site of the Boston Massacre.
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