Boston has a little something for everyone – and history buffs and foodies certainly aren’t left out of this urban mix. As far as history is concerned, there are few cities in the U.S. that can compete with Boston. In terms of food, local tourists and citizens alike are some of the best-fed people in the nation. Here, then, are the edible and historical attractions of Boston that simply can’t be overlooked.
Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe: For the Bostonian on a budget, this Columbus Avenue sandwich hot spot is an excellent stop. However, tourists should be aware that the place closes at 2 pm and only accepts cash payments. Patrons can’t use the bathroom or even park in the adjacent lot, but there is a line out the door on any given Saturday morning. History buffs will appreciate a shop that has been in business since 1927, and foodies won’t be able to get enough of Charlie’s delectable omelets and overflowing sandwiches.
The Back Bay Hotel: The luxury quarters located in the former Boston Police Department building are among the city’s most gorgeous landmarks. Of course, the interior of The Back Bay Hotel has been revised to furnish guests with a stylish vibe and a classy luxury experience. The atmosphere at the hotel’s Stanhope Grill speaks to the aesthetic preferences of those who appreciate the finer things in life, and the culinary fare isn’t bad either. The restaurant makes it a point to support local farmers, foragers, fishermen and cheese makers as much as possible and furnishes patrons with cuisine remnant of the city’s Irish roots.
The Freedom Trail: This two-and-a-half-mile city walk takes tourists past 16 of the nation’s most prized historic sites, including the Bunker Hill Monument, the Old North Church and the Boston Common. In addition to 16 hot spots, the trail passes a number of other historical landmarks, such as the New State House – one of the oldest buildings on Beacon Hill, built in 1798.
Union Oyster House: No doubt both foodies and history buffs have heard of this one. Both JFK and John Kerry have frequented this, Boston’s oldest restaurant and the longest continuously operating eatery in the entire nation. Union Oyster House is home to everything one has come to associate with New England: baked stuffed lobster, deep-fried fish and chips and, best of all, creamy clam chowder.
Charles River Esplanade: This historic site has a little something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a scenic spot to run, bike, kayak or simply take a romantic stroll, the Charles River Esplanade doesn’t disappoint. The esplanade abuts the Harvard, MIT and Boston College campuses, making it a necessary final stop to any collegiate tour. The warmer summer months are a time of especially high traffic for the river walk, when the Hatch Shell stage hosts the Boston Pops for the July 4th celebration, as well as free movies and live music shows.
Locke-Ober: This old-fashioned dining spot has been around for more than 130 years, making it appropriate for the tourist who appreciates both history and culinary delights. Locke-Ober has experienced some recent renewal now that it has come under the operation of chef Lydia Shire, who puts out some of the city’s best takes on sirloin, lobster stew and beef Stroganoff.
Fenway Park: Even tourists who aren’t much for baseball can appreciate a historic tour of this almost 100-year-old stadium. Tours take place on a daily basis, and tourists may find it easier to take one when the White Sox are on the road. On days when it’s time for a home game, the daily tours are usually cut short.