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How to Spend Four Days in Boston  March 24, 2013 – 05:50 am
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By Nomadic Matt | Published December 6th, 2010

Being one of the most historic and oldest cities in the United States, Boston has a lot of interesting things to do. It’s not as large as New York or Chicago, and it often feels like its more a giant town than a city. I think that this adds to how great Boston is. It offers all the benefits of a big metropolis but without the intensity and fast pace of New York.

Boston isn’t a city to rush through. Unlike many other destinations, people who visit Boston tend not to do it in a day or two. It’s as if they already know this is a relaxed city that deserves a bit more time. I think you can get a very good feel and overview of Boston during a four day visit. Here’s an itinerary that will allow you to see the best of what Boston has to offer:

Day 1
Freedom Trail
The Freedom trail is a 2.5 mile walk through historic Boston. It takes you through all the major historical sites and monuments. To see all the sites on the trail, you can expect it to take up most of your day. Given all the walking that is involved, I would make this the only activity of the day given all the walking that is involved. You’ll want to take your time and see all the sites. After all, Boston has a very long history. It may be “super touristy” but it does an amazing job of presenting the history of one of America’s oldest cities.

Lunch in Faneuil Hall
- The Quincy market in Faneuil Hall is the best place to stop and eat lunch on the Freedom Trail. There are about two dozen different places to eat. You can get just about anything here from Greek to Sushi to sandwiches and everything in between. Since you’re in Boston, try the clam chowder as it’s a local New England specialty.

Day 2
Boston Commons
Start your day in Boston Commons, a giant park that sees plenty of people on warm summer days. There are lots of different paths to take, including frog pond where kids and adults can cool off. During the winter, there is skating on pond. Boston Commons is also a great place to go people watching.

Boston Public Gardens
After your early morning walk, head across the street to the public gardens. You can take a swan tour through the pond in the middle of the gardens or you can simply stroll around and see some pretty flowers.

Walk around the Back Bay- The end of the park meets Boston’s back bay, our version of New York’s SoHo and West Village. This is where Boston’s elite and wealthy live and nearby Newbury Street is our Madison Avenue, with lots of expensive shopping. The brownstones and tree line streets make for a joyful leisurely stroll. It’s peaceful and very beautiful. Stop at the park on Commonwealth Ave to sit and watch the people and cars go by.


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Hi My family and I have a guest visiting from the Fillipines. She and my 11 yo daughter will be visiting Boston most likely by car tomorrow. My 9 yo may be along too.
My friend expressed an interest in Paul Revere's house and Harvard University for tomorrow. On Tuesday, she will visit the Museum of Fine Arts and possibly the Gardner Museum. Though I am from Boston and am familiar with many of the sites, I would appreciate any advice about one other site to combine with Harvard and Revere's house keeping in mind the ages. It will be VERY cold too.
We are choosing from among USS Constitution, Bunker Hill, Old North Church, Back Bay, Copley Square, Fanueil Hall, etc.

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