Visiting Boston? Places You Should See!

It all depends on what your interests are, but what follows is a basic two-day Boston Experience. Taking a Limousine to get around the city is an excellent idea - it's reliable, safe and comfortable .
Boston roads and drivers, in contrast, really are as bad as the natives will tell you. Keep your car in the hotel garage and let Boston Limousine Chauffeurs drive you around.

The Freedom Trail
Boston played a critical role in the Revolution, from the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party to Paul Revere's ride The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile red line in the sidewalk that links 18 historic sites downtown and in Charlestown. You can purchase tickets by visiting www.thefreedomtrail.org/book-tour/public-tours.shtml

Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market
This is one of the "stops" on the Freedom Trail, but is today better known as a large "festival market." Faneuil (generally pronounced "Fan-yule," but some residents do call it "Fannel") Hall is the squarish building with the grasshopper weathervane on top.
You go to the marketplace because, well, that's just what you do as a tourist in Boston. To be sure, it's a fun place, with street comedians and musicians, a gazillion types of food to try and the like. But many of the unique local stores have been driven out by national chains - nothing against Warner Brothers, but is the point of a visit to Boston really just to buy more Bugs Bunny sweatshirts? You can get to the market from the State Street stop on the Blue and Orange lines; the Haymarket stop on the Green and Orange lines and the Government Center stop on the Green and Blue lines. For Store information, events calendar and map check their website at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Harvard Square
The place in the Boston area for serious people watching - from skate punks to tweedy profs. More bookstores than you'll find in some states. The Chessmaster (play him for $2; if you win, you get your money back). Some unique shops, but, like Quincy Market, increasingly home to national chains. See if you can spot the offices of Dewey, Cheetham and Howe (really home to the Car Talk guys). Oh, yeah, and Harvard University (and no, you can't pahk ya cah in Harvihd Yahd). Get off at the Harvard Square stop on the Red Line. For list of events, restaurants, hotels and more visit their website www.harvardsquare.com

Additional Boston Neighborhoods

Newbury Street
Boston's chic shopping street. Expensive boutiques at one end, funkier shops (such as Newbury Comics) at the other. Numerous outdoor cafes for watching the world go by. One block away from the Arlington Street and Copley and Hynes/ICA stops on the Green Line. For daily deals, history and business directory visit www.newbury-st.com

The North End
The most European neighborhood in the most European of American cities. Narrow streets, old men talking in Italian on benches, restaurants representing every type of Italian cooking and, during the summer, weekend festivals. A couple of blocks away from the Haymarket stop on the Green and Orange lines - walk toward (and then under) the hideous green elevated highway. For photos , events, history and a list of restaurants please visit wwww.northendboston.com

Beacon Hill
Elegant brownstones, gaslights, cobblestones, home of the Brahmins who once ran the town. If you must, "Cheers" is at 84 Beacon Street (be aware that the lines are long and the bar doesn't actually look like the one on TV). It's across from the Public Garden, where you can take a ride on a person-powered Swan Boat and pet the statues of Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings. For walking tours, attractions, business and shopping please visit wwww.beaconhillonline.com

Museum of Science
Located along the Charles River with a parking garage to the far left, the museum features a number of shows and presentations all day. The museum is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM with temporary exhibits and permanent ones. Cost of admission is $25/adult with add-ons inside the museum. For more information about hours and schedule, exhibits, and admissions please check their website at www.mos.org.