When people think of a trip to the United States, they immediately think of New York or Los Angeles. While these two cities have their merits, if you really want to get to know the real America, consider Boston. The largest city in New England, Boston is also one of the oldest cities in the US. It has a rich historical past and played a major role in the founding of the nation. There’s no better place to get a sense of what America is really about and how it all started.
What to know
Currency: US dollar
Getting there: Fly direct from Hong Kong to Boston Logan International Airport. From the airport, it’s easy to get a bus, taxi or other transportation to your destination in the city.
What to see
Boston’s historical background means it has incredible public museums. The Museum of Science features interactive exhibitions, talks and lectures, while its Omni Theatre offers viewers a unique experience.
Then there’s the Museum of Fine Arts, which is Boston’s largest art museum, and has exhibits from all over the world.
Being so close to the ocean means Boston also has a top-class aquarium. The New England Aquarium has one of the largest fish tanks in the world, along with all kinds of sea creatures including penguins.
What to eat
Boston is best known for its seafood. Legal Seafood, which originally started as a fish market, is perhaps the best-known Boston restaurant.
While all the seafood is good, Boston – and New England in general – is famous for its clam chowder, a thick creamy seafood soup.
What to do
If you want to learn more about American history, check out the Freedom Trail. This walk takes you through the historical sites of Boston including Paul Revere’s House and the old State House. You’ll get to see a total of 16 sites, all with a fascinating history behind them.
No trip to the United States would be complete without experiencing the national pastime, and Boston is one of the best places to do it. Fenway Park is home to the Boston Red Sox and is the oldest baseball stadium still in use. Bostonians are fierce supporters of the Red Sox, so go join the crowds, buy a hot dog and root, root, root for the home team!
What else to try
When in Boston, be sure to make a trip to the theatre district. Here you can get tickets to see popular musicals, plays and other productions. A must-see is Blue Man Group, with fun percussive music, audience participation and wacky acts. If you sit in the first three rows, you’re given a poncho – so you know you’re in for something different with this show.
If you’re looking to unwind a bit, head to the Boston Common and Public Garden. This is the oldest public park in the United States, and has loads of relaxing activities like Swan Boat rides, walking paths and the world’s shortest suspension bridge. It’s best in the warmer months when the foliage is green and blooming.