Steeped in history, this is one of Boston's most beautiful neighborhoods. Home to statesmen, artists and intellectuals, "The Hill" is also the site of the State House, which is the beginning of the Freedom Trail. Lovely cafes and majestic brownstone buildings line the narrow, cobblestoned streets next to the Boston Common, America's oldest urban park. At the bottom of the hill, along Charles Street, are several antique shops and boutiques to pick up unique souvenirs. This charming neighborhood has managed to preserve its history without becoming artificially quaint. Another important and most visited feature of Boston is Acorn Street. This street is surrounded by beautiful colonial-style houses, giving it an earthy feel, which will transport you to the era gone by.
This century-old Italianate structure of bronze doors and grand marble staircases, Boston Public Library was the first free municipal library in the nation. The library's first building on Mason street was a former schoolhouse, which opened in 1854. Having received an authorized decision, the library's then commissioners located a new building for the library on Boylston street. Thus, the Copley Square location became home to the library in 1895. Expanding the Copley Square location in 1972, McKim building was constructed. In this National Historic Landmark, you can find collections of maps and prints, rare books and manuscripts and fine mural series. The Boston Public Library offers daily tours highlighting famed central library buildings and art works within, like the ones by John Singer Sargent.
One of the most famous Ivy League Universities in the world, Harvard is every aspiring academic's dream destination. Established in the year 1636, Harvard is the oldest college in the United States by a country mile. Its collegiate school, initially known as 'New College', primarily served to instruct clergy members, and continued in this vein until the early periods of 18th Century. Throughout the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s, Harvard's reputation has only grown, as did its offerings and concentrations. Harvard broke with tradition in 1977, when it merged with Radcliffe college, essentially making it coeducational. Today, Harvard remains one of the most prestigious learning institutions in the world, and the red bricks of Harvard Yard are a Boston landmark. Its campus covers nearly 210 acres (85 hectares) and is home to numerous heritage sights such as the John Harvard statue, Massachusets Hall, Widener Library and Harvard Yard.
Bunker Hill Monument commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill, where the famous command "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" was issued. Local lore makes much of the battle's misnomer; the battle actually took place on Breed's Hill. To keep the guidebooks simple, Breed's Hill was renamed Bunker Hill, and the original Bunker Hill was flattened. Many visitors end their Freedom Trail tour here. Ambitious visitors may climb the 295 steps to the top.
Paul Revere was a Boston native and local silversmith renowned for his role in the American Revolution. On a night back in 1775, he left home to warn fellow rebels Sam Adams and John Hancock that British troops were headed to Lexington to arrest them. That night was immortalized by Longfellow's poem, "Paul Revere's Ride." The house was built in 1680 and bought by Revere in 1770. It just escaped the wrecking ball when Revere's descendants recovered the property in 1902. Now a national historic landmark, the building is one of the oldest in downtown Boston and reminiscent of colonial America. It opened its doors to public-viewing and displays an unique assortment of personal belongings and memorabilia.
Beyond the borders of the Back Bay is a friendly neighborhood that features exciting, trendy shops, theaters and restaurants on tree-lined streets of brownstone buildings. Culinary explorers will enjoy eating along popular Tremont Street, and even the tiniest streets of the South End district are full of cafes and bars. The Aquitaine French Bistro serves French cuisine in elegant surroundings. Head to the Delux Cafe & Lounge for a great atmosphere, lots of locals, and hearty hamburgers and pizza. The forever trendy Club Cafe has a hopping after-work crowd and fun theme nights.
Built in 1927, the John W. Weeks Bridge, also known as the Weeks Footbridge is an arch bridge made of concrete. Designed by Andrew Canzanelli, the bridge was constructed to carry pedestrian traffic between the suburb of Allston in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Providing a crossing over the Charles River, the John W. Weeks Bridge is also a great spot to watch the Head of the Charles Regatta that takes place on the river every year.
Located on 159 Brattle Street, the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House is an iconic Colonial American-era house in Cambridge. Recognized as the second oldest house in Cambridge, the house was built in 1685 by Richard Hooper as a First Period-era farmhouse. Enlisted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, this key literary landmark attracts thousands of tourists from all over the US every year. Designed by noted architect, Joseph E. Chandler, the house has been refurbished and remodeled several times since its construction. It currently serves as the headquarters of the Cambridge Historical Society.
One of the popular neighborhoods of Boston, the Back Bay is simply mesmerizing with its well-preserved 19th-century Victorian houses and picturesque bay-side location. It is also a trendy shopping destination as Boylston and Newbury Street are lined with high-end fashion labels such as Hermes, Gucci, St. John and the likes. Prominent landmarks of the neighborhood are Trinity Church of 1903, John Hancock Tower, Boston Public Library and the 52-storey Prudential Tower.
An architectural masterpiece that has existed since 1910, the magnificent Georgian-revival-style Hampshire House overlooks the blissful Boston Public Garden. The mansion was designed by renowned architect Ogden Codman who ensured that it sports elegant Palladian windows, exquisite marble floors, elaborate chandeliers, and hand-carved oak panels. Originally owned by Bayard Thayer, he sold the property to the owner of the Lincolnshire Hotel, Thomas A. Kershaw in 1969. The mansion has overseen a multitude of special occasions since then.