To kickoff my move from Hong Kong to the United States last year, I chose Boston to be my first stop in the USA. With top universities like Harvard and MIT (and many others) and the many years since I visited last as a child, it was long overdue. Boston has exceeded every expectation, academically and otherwise. It’s a gorgeous town filled with history, culture, natural beauty and … brains. It’s all one can hope for in a city. During my stay in Boston I was extremely lucky with the people I’ve met. The Israeli family friend who hosted me in his house, a visiting professor to my university based in Harvard who showed me around the business school campus, the friends I’ve made from Harvard and Brandeis University who took me around town and helped me go off the beaten track and the various people I’ve come across once wondering around the campuses and exploring the city. It’s easy to get good shots of Boston, so just as a teaser :
Harvard & MIT campuses
Lots to see and do on the Harvard campus with a campus tour, history, and various top notch university museums all over. You can easily spend a whole day wondering about and enjoying the atmosphere. I spent two.
- Harvard Campus : Boston
- Harvard Natural History Museum
- Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology : Harvard University, Boston
- and … Harvard Art Museums (TODO)
Boston is most famous for the movement that started the rebellion against the British, with the “freedom trail” highlighting the most important spots in which historical events took place forming the new American identity.
- Boston Common Park and Freedom Trail
- Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market : Boston
- The New England Holocaust Memorial : Boston
Most towards central Boston, if you want to see Boston from above and explore some of the shopping and historical street then start from Prudential Square and make your way towards Beacon Hill.
Boston has some world-class museums, especially in terms of art. I visited two …
Harbour and Islands
But, perhaps, the biggest surprise to me was the harbor and the outlaying islands. I did not expect Boston to have such natural beauty so close by and the day trip boat tour I did to those islands turned out to be the highlight of my trip. Even if you can’t make it to the islands, a walk down the wharf offers lots to do and see…
- Wharf Harborwalk : Boston
- USS Constitution and Charlestown Navy Yard : Boston
- Georges Island & Fort Warren : Boston
- Peddocks Island : Boston’s Outlying Islands
- Spectacle Island : Boston
A wonderful visit. It’s a place I’d be happy to linger in for much longer. Hopefully, some day.