One Day in Boston Itinerary – Top things to do in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is one of the oldest cities in America and has played an important role throughout the country’s history. Harvard university was the first university to be built in America (1636), the Revolution began here, the first public school was built here, and the first state constitution was written here. Boston has given to the world the Kennedys, Sam Adams (and his beer), and Aerosmith. In this city, you will find friendly locals, die hard sports fans (home of the Red Sox and Celtics), great bars, good restaurants, and a mountain of American history. Do not miss out.

One day in Boston Itinerary

Guest post by Keith Evans
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What’s the best time to visit Boston?

Boston is a very popular city break destination for both Americans and for the wider world. The mercury in the thermometer will rise into the mid-80s during the summer months when days are long. The winter months can fluctuate. They can be either cold and damp or cold and shoulder deep in snow. Of course, the most impressive season to visit New England is autumn, when the trees change color to all sorts of beautiful hues.

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Boston Skyline
Boston Skyline, Author: Ariane Middel, Source: Flickr

What’s good to know about Boston?

– Architecture! The buildings are stunning. Boston is very British colonial from back in the day, and the city oozes of 17th century Georgian architecture. The history of this city is incredible. There is so much to see and do.

Boston Architecture
Boston Architecture, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr

– From Boston Logan Airport, the cheapest and fastest route into the city is to use the Silver Line which is FREE inbound to South Station (including a free transfer to the Red Line).

– The Silver Line Route SL1 (Logan Airport – South Station via Waterfront) bus rapid transit service is your best direct option to South Station Rail & Bus Terminal, for connections to Commuter Rail, Amtrak and bus and to the Red Line.

– For foodies, Boston serves some incredible seafood. Make your way down towards the harbor front and Quincy Market for some great treats.

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One Day in Boston Itinerary

To do this city in 24 hours would actually be an injustice. However, if 24 hours is all you have, then get out early and explore! Boston offers a bunch of tours that are all free to do. Follow this guide and make the most of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do during your one day in Boston.

Freedom Trail

Spend a day outdoors, put on comfortable shoes, and follow this red-bricked trail walking its 2.5 mile route full of historical information covering sixteen sights. All of them along the route are free. This trail takes you to all the most important historical places throughout the city and teaches you the history of the city and its role in the founding of the country.

Freedom Trail, Boston
Freedom Trail, Boston, Author: Andrew Malone, Source: Flickr

Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market

Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market is a popular place for locals and visitors to hang out. During the day, a lot of people go shopping. At night, the restaurants are filled with people and the spot is one of the biggest bar destinations in the city. The cheap Irish pubs that fill the area are widely popular.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, Author: 6SN7, Source: Flickr

Everyone should eat in Quincy Market at least once. Grab your meal from one of the many restaurants in the colonnade, head outside to watch the people go by, and enjoy a street performer’s show.

Quincy Market, Boston
Quincy Market, Boston, Author: Andrew Malone, Source: Flickr

Boston Common

Boston Common is a huge outdoor open public park. On a summer day this park is filled with locals looking to enjoy the nice weather. Lie down, play some sports, read a book or just relax. Wander around to the Public Gardens, or sit by the Frog Pond. It is a great way to enjoy the city without spending a penny.

Boston Common Park
Boston Common Park, Author: Robert Linsdell, Source: Flickr

George Washington Memorial

Boston Common is also home to the George Washington Memorial. The height of the statue is 22 feet, and the fine granite pedestal is 16 feet high. The foundation is of solid masonry, resting on piles 11 feet deep. The location of the statue is most attractive. It is placed in the centre of one of the finest thoroughfares of the Garden, handsomely enclosed, and surrounded by beautiful flower beds. It was placed into position and unveiled on July 3rd, 1869.

George Washington Memorial, Boston
George Washington Memorial, Boston, Author: Robert Linsdell, Source: Flickr

Boston ‘NEW’ Statehouse And Beacon Hill

If you visit Boston Common, then you need to visit the Statehouse and Beacon Hill. The Statehouse forms a part of the Freedom Trail, this is a neighborhood that is brimming with history. Beacon Hill backs onto Boston Common: this area was home to the likes of John Adams and John Hancock (Colonial Revolutionaries) and resembles parts of historic Philadelphia.

New Statehouse, Boston
New Statehouse, Boston, Author: Tony Hisgett, Source: Flickr

Boston ‘OLD’ Statehouse

Following the Freedom Trail will take you past the Old State House before it moved towards Beacon Hill. The Old State House stood as an emblem of liberty in Boston for over 300 years. Built in 1713 to house the colony’s government, the Old State House was at the centre of civic events that sparked the American Revolution.

Old State house, Boston
Old State house, Boston, Author: Robert Linsdell, Source: Flickr

Holocaust Memorial

The Holocaust Memorial is an outdoor space, open and accessible to the public at all times. It is located in Carmen Park near Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, on Boston’s historic Freedom Trail.

Boston Harbour

Boston Harbour is a long stretch of pedestrian walkways that incorporate the Charles River where you can take a ‘Duck Tour’, catch the Harbour Islands Tour, or catch a ferry to Provincetown and Cape Cod. The area is accessible from Quincy Market and during the summer months is a hive of activity.

Boston Harbour
Boston Harbour, Author: Owen Byrne, Source: Flickr

Food and Drink

Food and drinks are huge in this city. The locals are social drinkers and adore post-work drinks on a Friday after work. They have a great way of making you feel welcome and are interested in your holiday. If you have enough time, make your way to the Sam Adams Brewery and learn how this locally brewed beer is made, including sampling some ‘tasters’. Of course, as Boston is a coastal city seafood is high on the menu. Although a little more expensive than in the rest of the city, head to Quincy Market – it’s just a hive of activity.

If you have the time…

If you really do have enough time in Boston, make your way to the harbour and catch a ferry that takes 1 hour 30 minutes to Provincetown on Cape Cod. Even if you only have a couple of hours to spend here (and trust me, you will need much longer) it would be a trip worthwhile. The area is best known for its scenic beaches, art galleries, and the Pilgrim Monument. Many people do not know that Provincetown was actually the first landing area of the first Pilgrims coming across from England on the Mayflower in 1620.

Provincetown, Boston
Provincetown, Boston, Author: Tom Head, Source: Flickr

Where to stay in Boston?

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Charlesmark Hotel

Charlesmark Hotel is a boutique hotel, located in a historic building in Boston‘s Back Bay neighborhood at Copley Square. The hotel is one of the best value deals in the city. Compact rooms come with the modern furniture and great lightning.

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Charlesmark Hotel
Charlesmark Hotel
Charlesmark Hotel
Charlesmark Hotel

Harborside Inn

Harborside Inn is a modern and stylish hotel located in Boston’s waterfront district, only a 10 minute walk from the beach. The cream-colored rooms provide relaxing and comfortable stay. The hotel features an on site restaurant and a business center.

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Harborside Inn
Harborside Inn
Harborside Inn
Harborside Inn

YOTEL Boston

YOTEL Boston is a 4 star hotel offering a tech-forward concept of living. The hotel is situated in Boston’s Seaport District, and offers a rooftop terrace with the panoramic views of the city. The compact cabin rooms provides tech and trendy features like SmartBed, mood lightning etc.

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YOTEL Boston
YOTEL Boston
YOTEL Boston
YOTEL Boston

HI – Boston Hostel

HI – Boston Hostel is an ultimate hostel experience in the heart of Boston, only a five minutes’ walk to Boston Common. The hostel offers both dormitory style rooms and private rooms. The hostel features a game room with a pool table and TV.

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HI - Boston Hostel
HI – Boston Hostel
HI - Boston Hostel
HI – Boston Hostel

Final word

– Boston has what I call the “Cool Vibe” like those of San Francisco (California), Manchester (England) and Melbourne (Australia). The city has a great relationship with itself and the surrounding harbour.

– The people are friendly. The history, something much of the US lacks, is vibrant and the city is clean. There is so much to do and see and surprisingly many outdoor activities are free. It’s a great place to chill out and grab a few drinks in the many bars or public parks. The skyline views from the harbour front are stunning and the weather favorable. If you are still new to the idea of Boston, you will not be disappointed at all. Go and do it!

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