The main areas in which the city is divided and that require a tour, are distributed as follows:
To the north
It is where Harvard University is located, it is a mini-city that you can dedicate a couple of hours to walking through its different campuses, and above all, to enjoy its tranquility. In this area is also the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). To get here, you can do it by subway, it is the red line and the stop is “Harvard” (you cannot miss it), the subway tour offers spectacular views of the city and the Charles River for a few seconds. The single subway ticket costs $ 2.
Once you arrive and go out to the street, go to Harvard Square to get a map of the area, there is a special booth for it (they cost 0.25 cents), this also informs you about the schedules of free tours around the university and carried out by the students themselves. This square is the nerve center, it is full of students and tourists, cafes, gift and clothing stores, and it is the point from which you get to Harvard University.
Charlestown and North End
If you’ve seen the movie The Town, this is the neighborhood where it was shot. You can get here if you do the Freedom Trail, if not, the maximum interest of this area is visiting Bunker Hill (a granite obelisk 67 meters high and with 297 stairs if you want to make legs) and the USS Constitution (the largest warship old of the world afloat), both are free, in the case of wanting to enter the ship, you will have to get up early as there are good queues.
West End and North End
You must also pass through North End if you are doing the Freedom Trail, and this is where you will find the Italian neighborhood, full of old facades and restaurants (at dinner time it is practically impossible to find a table, you will have to wait unless you want to have dinner at 7 pm). Mandatory stop at Paul Revere House (it is the oldest house in Boston, dating from 1680) and Old North Church (from 1723). In the West End, you will find Old West Church.
It is an incredibly clean, quiet, and ideal park to make a stop for lunch, you can have a picnic, rest or just watch the groups of people walking through the lung of the city. Next to the Boston Common, there is Beacon Hill, so it is a perfect point to visit this area.
This area especially offers a really quiet walk through its residential neighborhood, full of Victorian houses and with very little traffic. A mandatory stop will be the State House, which has been the seat of the Massachusetts Government since 1798. Admission is free, and it is open until 6:00 p.m.
It is where you will find the financial area of the city, but it is also full of historical buildings, stop by Granary Burying Ground (it is the cemetery of the most influential Bostonians in the history of North America), King’s Chapel, Old State House or Old Meeting House (start of the Boston Tea Party) and Quincy Market (this area in the afternoon/night is very lively both for walking, as for having a beer or dinner). From the Old State House, the Freedom Trail route begins, you will be able to find rangers in this area, who will advise you on the route.
In this area we must not forget the Seaport District, an excellent option to stroll at night and dine on top-quality fish in the restaurants in the port. If you are a fan of aquariums, stop by the New England Aquarium.
It is a fairly large area, although it lacks architectural interest, it has the typical entrance door to indicate that you are in the area. It may be of interest to fans of Asian food, and specifically Chinese since there are a large number of restaurants.
South End and Theater District
It is the area of the city with the most atmosphere both in restaurants and people on the street, it has a large number of facades of Victorian buildings.
It is a fairly residential area, and where you will not be able to miss the Trinity Church (French Romanesque style); its Copley Square, surrounded by historic buildings and very modern skyscrapers, and the Prudential Center Skywalk (you can go up to the 50th floor and see the whole city).
Shopping in the city
A shopping center in the style of Century 21 in New York could not be missing in Boston (although this is more extensive and has more offer), in this case, the Marshalls shopping centers offer bargains on clothing and accessories for both women and men to very attractive prices. The women’s footwear section is quite extensive with mainly North American and Italian brands: Ralph Lauren, Nine West, Coach, Boutique9, Calvin Klein, Steve Madden, BCBG Generation, or Vince Camuto. If you come now in summer, you can already find shoes for fall/winter with prices ranging between $ 39.99 and $ 69.99.
You will have to rummage around a bit since the numbers are not always ordered, but it is worth spending a while. The clothing section is organized by size and in some cases by brand/designer name (some of the designers you can find are Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren, or DKNY), however, it is not so worth it, unless you count with enough time, then you will have to go through all the hangers to see if you are interested.
The best centers can be found at 350 Washington Street (Downtown Crossing), 500 Boylston Street, or 200 Border Street. The hours they have are from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Other mandatory stops will be at the Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie chains. For the first, you can find them at S. Market St, Faneuil Hall; 361 Newbury St; 226 Harvard Ave; 11 JFKennedy St (in Cambridge, perfect stop if you are visiting the Harvard University campus), they already have the fall clothes, but you can still find bargains for both girls and boys.
At Anthropologie, stops will be at 799 Boylston St; at the Atrium Mall 300 Boylston St; and 48 Brattle St in Cambridge. Like Urban Outfitters, they already have fall clothing, but they do have a section for summer leftovers that is worth browsing.
If you’re a fan of the James Perces brand of jeans, you can find them at the Barneys chain at 100 Huntington Ave and 17 Arlington Street. For the rest of the shopping centers with luxury and/or semi-luxury brands, you can go to Saks Fith Avenue (800 Boylston Street) or Bloomingdales (175 Boylston Street). The main shopping street is Newbury Street in Back Bay (west of the city).
Outlets out of town
If you don’t have time problems, stop by the Premium Outlets, you can find them on the outskirts of Boston, with an average journey of 45 minutes by car, the main one is Wrentham Village Premium Outlets (One Premium Outlets Boulevard. Wrentham ).
It has 170 stores of the main North American brands: Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Burberry, Coach, Cole Haan, Elie Tahari, Hugo Boss, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Salvatore Ferragamo, Vera Bradley. Do not forget to get the Vip brochure and the discount coupons, you only have to register on its page, and once registered, select this outlet and print the Vip brochure (which you will have to exchange at the Visitor Center) and the coupons.
Excursions outside of Boston
Without a doubt, spending the day touring the towns of the East Coast down to Cape Cod is an option that will be worth it, especially if the weather is good. The mandatory stops from when you leave from Boston should be: Plymouth considered the hometown of the United States; Sandwich, the oldest township in the Cape; Brewster, excellent for a walking route; Provincetown has a very good atmosphere and is full of people, especially the main street; Truro and Wellfleet, in both municipalities, beaches abound and the atmosphere is very relaxed.
If you can count on one more day in this area, you can sleep in Hyannis (there are a lot of tourists and a beach atmosphere) and spend the day in Falmouth and Woods Hole, mandatory stops to see their beaches and above all, to sunbathe.
Another coastal town a little further out, but really interesting is Newport, it’s full of mansions. You can walk them through the Cliff Walk, they are a little more than 5.5 kilometers long where you can see both the mansions and the sea views, it is a true luxury.
On the main street of the town, you can enter a really interesting antique shop, especially visit The Armony Anquite & Fine Art Center, its vintage jewelry section, with prices ranging from $ 50 to $ 1,500 is interesting, dedicate a little while.