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1-day Boston City Guide

Our 1-day Boston City Guide shows you a step-by-step time line and itinerary for your stay in Boston. Follow it and get the best of your day in the city.

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During this whirlwind day in Boston, you see some of the best - and certainly the most famous - that Boston has to offer.

Take Subway Red Line to Charles/MGH Station
09:00-09:20 Beacon Hill Neighborhood (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • One of the most desirable neighborhoods in Boston
  • A National Historic Landmark
  • Home to the pub that became the inspiration for the TV show, Cheers
Read more about Beacon Hill Neighborhood

Photo: bluebike

Take a walk to Public Garden
09:20-09:35 Public Garden (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • One of the best spots for a relaxing break in the middle of a city
  • A National Historic Landmark
  • Was the country's first public botanical garden
Read more about Public Garden

Photo: Philocrites

Take Subway Green Line (B, C, D) from Arlington Station to Kenmore Station
Take a walk to Fenway Park - 15’ in all
09:50-11:00 Fenway Park Tour (Park and outdoors, 12 $)

Why visit

  • One of the best-known sports venues in the world
  • Every Red Sox game since May 15, 2003, has sold out - an MLB record
  • The only one of the original standard ballparks that's still being used
Read more about Fenway Park Tour

Photo: jack heddon

Take a walk via Back Bay Fens to Museum of Fine Arts - 15’
11:15-13:00 Museum of Fine Arts (Museum, 20 $)

Why visit

  • One of the largest museums in the United States
  • Over one million visitors annually
  • Just opened its new Art of the Americas wing, and will add more sections throughout 2011
Read more about Museum of Fine Arts

Photo: pobrecito33

Take Subway Green Line from Museum of Fine Arts Inbound Station to Copley Station
Take a walk to Newbury Street - 20’
13:20-14:50 Newbury Street (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Fun place for high-end shopping
  • One of the most expensive streets in the world
  • It is the "Rodeo Drive of the East"
Read more about Newbury Street
Take a walk to Freedom Trail, which begins in Boston Common
14:50-15:00 Boston Common (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • One of the oldest city parks in the US
  • Great spot during any season
Read more about Boston Common
Lunch time
Take a walk to Boston Common
15:00-16:45 Freedom Trail (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Great collection of American Revolution sites
  • A Boston National Historical Park
Read more about Freedom Trail

Photo: kberberi

Take a walk to Paul Revere House
16:45-17:00 The Paul Revere House (Monument, 3.5 $)

Why visit

  • Downtown Boston's oldest building
  • A National Historic Landmark
Read more about The Paul Revere House
Take a walk to Old North Church - 5’
17:05-17:15 Old North Church (Church, Free)

Why visit

  • The oldest standing church building in Boston
  • The signal that started the American Revolution was sent from here
Read more about Old North Church

Photo: jbcurio

Take a walk to North End Neighborhood
17:15-18:00 North End Neighborhood (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Boston's Little Italy
  • The oldest residential community of the city
  • Great spot to stop for delicious Italian food
Read more about North End Neighborhood

Photo: copelaes

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Meet our Boston Local Expert:

Jeanette Mellinger hails from San Francisco, but has been living in the Boston area since September 2009. Some of her favorite things include urban hiking, running, taking photos, finding the best brunch spots, and hanging out with great company over a microbrew, bottle of wine, or coffee. Luckily, these things mean she's explored a lot of Boston so far, and can't wait to see more!

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