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Bus Trip To Beantown:
What You Have To See
When you take a bus trip to Boston, you’ll have to adjust your ear to that unique accent. “You gonnah pahk yah cah on the side of the rahd?” Not quite, cause you made the wise decision to see Boston by bus, and now you’re ready to tackle this port city like a Patriots linebacker. The most populated city in Massachusetts is also one of the oldest in the United States, and you’ll get to see first-hand why it holds special place in New Englanders’ hearts.
Being one of the oldest cities in the U.S., as well as an integral part of the American Revolution, you have to visit several of the preserved homes and monuments from these times. The Paul Revere House is a National Historic Landmark where Paul Revere began his midnight ride in 1775 to warn that the British were coming. Check out the famous Revere silver, colonial furnishings and a 900-pound bell in the backyard. Before you go, stick a feather in your cap and declare it “macaroni,” meaning “very cool” in 1770s speak.
In the middle of Downtown Boston, you’ll find a building that looks like it belongs back in Colonial days. Juxtaposed against modern skyscrapers you’ll find the Old State House on King Street. It was here that the Revolution truly began with ideas of self-governance, and you can re-love history with period actors and stories of verge citizens during the throes of a revolution.
Head down to the Charlestown Navy Yard to visit the USS Constitution Museum, located just across the street from “Old Ironsides,” the historic wooden-hulled USS Constitution. The museum has several hands-on activities, and they’re not just for kids! Try your hand at unfurling a heavy sail while tying a knot to see what sailors once had to master without falling overboard.
Food and Drink
You’ve seen their commercials, now step inside the Boston brewery of Samuel Adams. Proudly brewed in Boston since 1984, Sam Adams gained a cult following in New England far before the current craft beer trend. Now you can tour their state-of-the-art brewery and sample a flight of beers in their beautiful beer garden.
Another Sam that Bostonians love is Sam LaGrassa’s, which has been featured on top travel TV programs for its signature sandwiches. Scarf down a Rumanian pastrami sandwich, which features dry cured beef slowly smoked and served on light rye bread for a taste of what keeps Beantown running.
Lobster is a specialty item for most Americans, but Bostonians are spoiled by their proximity to the northern cold Atlantic waters where these crustaceans are plentiful. For a no-frills seafood pig-out session, hit up Yankee Lobster Company, where you can get fresh lobster straight off the boat. They also offer a wide variety of fresh, fried and steamed seafood that will make you want to set up shop at the counter and not leave until you’ve tried it all.
Bostonians love their sports teams, and even if you’re rooting for a rival team, you’ll be able to have a fun time (as long as you can endure a little verbal sparring). Fenway Park looks much the same as it did when it opened in 1912, and seeing a ballgame here is a historic right of passage for any visitor to Boston. While you may not want to travel out to Foxboro to catch the Pats deflate their opponents, you can head over to TD Garden to catch the Boston Bruins hockey team skate to victory.
Taking a bus to Boston allows you to experience a modern city that loves sports, food and fun and celebrates its historical past.