Monday, April 9, 2012

Boston Top Sights

Boston is a city of history, of sports and of academia. The site of the original Tea Party, when the occupants threw tea in the harbour rather than pay taxes on it, it is now a wealthy and thriving city and a hub of culture. Here are some of the top spots to see according to Pittsburgh Live:

Freedom Trail

This trail links the historic sites of downtown Boston, making it simple to see them all by foot. Highlights of the route include the Boston Common, America's oldest public park, the King's Chapel, the site of the Boston Massacre between Redcoats and Bostonians, and much, much more.

 Boston Freedom Trail
by Tim Sackton Flickr Creative Commons

Museum of Fine Arts

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is one of the United States' largest museums, with over 100 million visitors a year. A new wing opened in 2010 to house the Art of the Americas collection, a series of 5000 works that date from as far back as the founding of the colonies. There are also many contemporary artworks, and a large collection of Claude Monet's Impressionist paintings.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Although a lesser-known museum, this one is well worth the visit, with many priceless works including a Rembrandt self-portrait.

Samuel Adams Brewery

Take an hour-long tour of this brewery founded by Jim Koch, a fifth-generation beer brewer. Beer is a real craft here, and you will taste several different types and learn a bit about the art of brewing.

 Brewery Tour
by mbaylor Flickr Creative Commons

Symphony Hall

This is considered one of the top three concert halls in the world, and the other two are in Europe, making Boston's the best in America. The Hall is home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as several other musical groups, and there are many artists who come from all over to perform there, so check out the programme before arriving in Boston to see if there's anything you'll like!

John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

This houses a lot of contemporary history, with digital archives, books, oral records of the Kennedys. Permanent Exhibits include showcases on the Space Program, the Oval Office, Jackie Kennedy and JFK's campaign trail. An interesting look at one of the US's most treasured and tragic presidents.

Campaign Trail Exhibit
by Randy Robertson Flickr Creative Commons

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