Named after the English port from which the original Pilgrim Fathers attempted to sail, Boston (the American one) is rich in history. It’s also close to Cambridge, the world famous Harvard University and the wonderful attractions of New England.
It was a tea party that originally secured Boston’s fame across the globe. But actually that ‘party’ was a political protest by the town’s Sons of Liberty in defiance of the Tea Act of 1773. Dumping an entire shipment of tea into Boston Harbour is no way to make a cuppa, but it did help precipitate the American War of Independence. And the rest is history.
Which is still one of Boston’s main attractions today. Known as the ‘Walking City’ because its compactness puts the major sights within easy reach, you can wander around charming cobbled streets, lined with period brick houses, graceful civic buildings and quiet areas like the colonial-era Beacon Hill. Head off in a different direction and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the modern boutiques and shopping boulevards of the Back Bay area, or Fenway with its Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. Strike out across the river and you’ll be in Cambridge – home to the world famous Harvard University.
A little further afield lies Salem, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Portland, Cape Cod and, of course, New York. So make sure your luxury, tailor-made holiday to the USA includes enough time to really experience New England.