Prepare to have your red sox knocked off
Dive into one of America’s oldest cities, settled in 1630 and a cornerstone of the War of Independence. Today, shiny skyscrapers rub shoulders with beguiling Beaux Arts beauties, but you can still explore 16 key historic landmarks via the Freedom Trail. The city is famed for its passionate sports fans, and its winning teams, the Patriots, the Red Sox, the Celtics and the Bruins, have provided plenty to celebrate lately. Sumptuous local seafood and craft beers are also sure to raise a cheer.
Enjoy an indulgent brunch among the brownstones of South End before browsing Brattle Book Shop, one of the country’s oldest. Raise a frosty one at Cheers, the pub that inspired the sitcom, or for a more stylised libation sip a snapdragon in Yvonne’s, a dimly lit speakeasy accessed via a hair salon where JFK once regaled Marilyn Monroe.
Among Beacon Hill’s pretty red-brick buildings, pause for a snap of photogenic Acorn Street. Shop in Newbury’s designer stores and funky outposts – Rick Walker’s has a resident pet rooster – and remember that purchases of $175 or less are exempt from state sales tax. Catch a show at the Boston Opera House, and pair the best seafood with sublime harbour views in the Seaport District. Local specialities include fresh steamed lobster, oysters on the half-shell and unctuous, creamy chowder. Book your flights to Boston and see if it lives up to its self-appointed strapline Hub of the Universe.