Boston's Best Bets
Battery Wharf, Boston
Massachusetts’ capital city, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States and the North End neighborhood – settled in the 1630s – its oldest residential community. Though compact, the North End is a treasure trove of historical sites including the Old North Church, Paul Revere House and the North Square, the center of 17th century community life.
Boston visitors gravitate toward Hanover Street, one of the oldest streets in Boston, to enjoy dining in the area’s dozens of Italian restaurants and pastry shops. Despite its plethora of Italian eateries (and residents), Bostonians never refer to the North End as “Little Italy.”
No visit to Boston is complete without walking at least part of the Freedom Trail, the 2-1/2 mile pedestrian walkway that traces a path from Boston Common through Faneuil Hall to the USS Constitution. Its 16 spots help preserve and showcase the American Revolution.
Equally pedestrian-friendly, the 47-mile Boston HarborWalk is dotted with parks, cafes, interpretive signage and more. The North End’s Battery Wharf waterfront is one of the HarborWalk’s most popular segments. Just five years old, it features a 1,100-square-foot Maritime Museum, a 24-hour observation deck, outside dining and a water transportation pavilion with water taxi service to Logan Airport .