25 years ago, I roamed the streets of Cambridge and Boston while attending Harvard University. Its beauty and captivating architecture impressed me right away, and I was sure I found a unique place on earth. Since I left Harvard, I make sure to come back every year to continue being witness of its beauty and feel the contagious atmosphere of aspiring professionals’ optimism to make a change in the world.
I see Boston as one of the most beautiful cities in the US, and I truly appreciate how the city has changed – especially in terms of infrastructure – but still maintained its original picturesque charm.
The city had the ability to modernize itself, incorporating new transportation infrastructure, modern buildings and new hotels and office spaces, especially in the Back Bay and Seaport areas. All these, keeping its New England architecture that have always characterized the city.
One of the things that I enjoy is the vibe created by the presence of a diverse student body that comes to attend the various prestigious universities in the city. You can feel their optimism and enthusiasm to learn and be curious. These are young professionals with dreams and aspirations, that are reflected in every single corner of the city.
Here are some of my favorite things to do to take advantage of all that Boston has to offer:
- Every time that I visit Boston, I visit the Charles River, which divides Cambridge and Boston. The walk in the esplanade is a timeless activity that I hold dearly. I also like to stop by the Liberty Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel set in a reformed prison just three minutes from the river, to enjoy a cocktail in their beautiful lounge/lobby.
- I always feel the urge to walk the streets of Cambridge from my student apartment crossing Harvard square into the campus. I always make sure to stop by the Harvard bookstore to look around for great books and alma mater souvenirs. And while I’m at it, I enjoy a bread bowl of Clam chowder from Legal Seafoods.
- If I go during baseball season, going to a Sox game at Fenway Park is a must. You can feel the history, the spirit and the love for the sport as you gaze upon that green monster. My favorite place to go eat before or after a game is the Island Creek Oyster Bar which is just a few minutes from the stadium. They have an amazing selection of New England oysters and a great ambiance.
- I never miss the opportunity to simply enjoy the architecture of the city. Taking a stroll along Beacon Hill admiring the victorian townhouses or going to Newbury Street to discover a new restaurant. And, if I have the time, I like to visit the John F. Kennedy Museum and Library simply to look at Ming Pei’s iconic building.
- Boston is also home to some beautiful parks and gardens. There are few things more pleasant than spending a nice sunday afternoon strolling along the Public Garden or having a picnic in Boston Commons.
This is my personal experience having lived there and loving the city so much. But there are many others things to do and see – believe me, it’s a city worth exploring!