Founded in 1630 by strong-minded British settlers, Boston is steeped in history...
21st century Boston presents visitors with plenty of scope to mix the old with the new. For a birds-eye view of the city and the New Hampshire hills beyond, take a trip to the top of New England’s tallest building, the Skywalk Observatory. Those who remember the TV sitcom ‘Cheers’ may want to pay a visit to the bar that started it all, ‘Cheers on Beacon Hill’, whilst the Gillette Stadium, home to the New England Patriots, is only 45 minutes away so if you're a fan, try to catch a game if you're in Boston during the NFL season.
We reckon that this is one of New England’s ‘must-see’ attractions. Old Sturbridge is the recreation of a 19th century rural village, comprising around 40 restored structures from around the region. As you walk amidst the antique buildings, water-powered mills and country stores, costumed historians will ply the trades of their ancestors whilst explaining the methods they are using. Spend some time in the working farm, where even the livestock has been bred in such a way as to reflect the techniques of almost 200 years ago.
A 2-hour drive from Boston will bring you to the dramatic Atlantic Coastline and to one of the country’s most picturesque regions – Cape Cod. The Cape Code National Seashore is 40-miles of protected beaches and dunes which draws visitors from far and wide. Take the fast ferry to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard, take a trip up to the thriving art and music scene that is Provincetown, or saunter around Sandwich, the Cape’s oldest town set on the shores of magnificent, unspoilt beaches.
Board the ‘Trolley of the Doomed’ and embark on the Ghost and Gravestones Tour, a ghostly journey through some of Boston’s deepest and darkest secrets, Tread warily through 400-year old burial grounds, and watch your step as you meander along the back streets and alleyways, where many believe tormented souls still roam. Visit the final resting place of Cotton Mather, notorious for his involvement with the Salem Witch Trials, and all this in the company of your very own 17th Century gravedigger guide.
From late March to mid-November, the New England Aquarium Whale Watch Cruise visits Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, boasting some of the best whale watching in the world. The tour begins in Boston on board a high-speed catamaran, which will whisk you to the sanctuary. Up to 50 humpback whales can be seen feeding in a group at any one time, although they’re not the only ones! Stellwagen is also a bountiful feeding ground for dolphins, sea birds and other marine life.
Less than an hour’s fast ferry ride from Boston is situated Salem, renowned as the site of the Salem Witch Trials, which took place in the late 17th century and became synonymous with paranoia and injustice. There is plenty of interest in this coastal city, including the art collections in the Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and the House of Seven Gables, which is a collection of colonial homes. Whatever you do, leave some time to sample some of the delicious specialities of the local chefs.