Massachusetts is one of the most historic states in the USA with heritage landmarks and culture everywhere. You’ll enjoy the cobbled streets of Boston’s Beacon Hill, the red brick buildings of Harvard University and the amazing show of colours in the landscape especially in the ‘fall’. Here are our reviews of tourist attractions in Massachusetts and remember, all our attraction reviews are based on personal visits:
- The Boston Freedom Trail, Boston
The Boston Freedom Trail is a 2.5 miles long route around the city which is marked out in the sidewalk with red bricks. Basically, it takes you to the various historic sites of significance in the fight for American independence. So you’ll see churches, meeting houses, burial grounds, parks and a ship amongst the various locations.
- Beacon Hill, Boston
Beacon Hill is a historic and desirable area of Boston and it’s a lovely place to walk around. It’s only on the edge of downtown Boston, but you’ll feel like you’re a world away in another time period. The things that make this area such an attraction are the narrow streets, some of which are cobbled, and the beautiful red-brick houses. They’re all so pretty!
- Copley Square, Boston
Copley Square is a large public square in the Back Bay area of Boston, Massachusetts with a mixture of paving and grassed areas. It is dominated by a number of impressive buildings and is a lovely place to spend some time. We felt it had a really friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
- Harvard University, Massachusetts
Harvard University is one of America’s most famous educational establishments and it’s an attraction lots of people visit when staying in nearby Boston. You can visit the site for free and there’s even a dedicated Information Center to explain more about how the famous campus works. You’ll find this at the Holyoake Center Arcade on Massachusetts Avenue in the heart of Harvard Square.
- Cheers Bar, Boston
Cheers Bar in Boston is the exterior of the building used for the long-running TV series “Cheers”. It’s actually not called Cheers at all, but is the Bull and Finch pub near Boston Common.
The inside shots for the TV series were filmed in a studio, so you won’t recognise the interior but it’s still worth going inside. When you walk down the stairs, you’ll find a bar and gift shop along with some Cheers history.
- Boston Common, Boston
Boston Common is a 50 acre public park. It marks the start of Boston’s historic “Freedom Trail” and is also one of the oldest parks in the USA. To locals, it’s known simply as “The Common” and has had many uses over the years from grazing cattle to public executions!
- John F Kennedy Library & Museum, Boston
This museum at Columbia Point on the outskirts of Boston is dedicated to John F Kennedy and we found it impressive both its architecture and its contents. The museum tells the story of his early life, rise to politics and service as America’s 35th president. There are interactive displays, re-creations of rooms in the White House and decent food outlets too.
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