Long Weekend Travel Guide: Boston vs. Salt Lake City

This article is a collaboration between HCUtah and HCBC.

Boston

Looking to head east for the weekend? Try Boston! Boston is my personal favorite city on the East Coast because of the many things to do here. From historical sites to trendy restaurants, there is always something new to try. Here is my guide to the best weekend visit to Boston.

Pro tip: Come in the Fall. Nothing is more beautiful than the changing leaves in the Northeast, especially in Boston.

Sights

The Freedom Trail

One great thing to do in Boston is the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a row of red bricks that you follow throughout Boston (starting in the Boston Common) that take you on a path showing off some of Boston’s most historical sites, including Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, and Bunker Hill. While the history of the stops on the Freedom Trail is fascinating, what I find best about the Freedom Trail is its ability to show you lots of different parts of Boston.

Pro tip: It is 2.5 miles long, with many opportunities to stop and explore different historical sites so I highly recommend allotting a good amount of time if you plan to do the entire thing. (It took my friends and I about 4 hours.)

Red Socks Game

 

For many people, when they think of Boston they immediately think of the Red Socks. One of Boston’s best sights is Fenway Park, the Red Socks' stadium since 1912. And what better way to see Fenway and the Green Monster other than by attending a game? Even if you aren’t a baseball fan, these games are so much fun. The crowd gets really into it, the music is good, and if it’s good weather, it’s nice to sit outside! If you come to Boston, Fenway is a stop that you can’t miss.

Pro tip: Go early and walk along Yawkey Way, which is a street technically inside the stadium (you need a ticket to be there) with stores selling paraphernalia, food stands, and music. It’s a lot of fun!

Newbury Street/Back Bay Area

Newbury Street is Boston’s central location for high-end shopping. Filled with stores, restaurants, and the historic brownstones, this street is a must see. It is located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, which is known for being a higher-end area. Shop for awhile and then grab a bite to eat - you won’t regret an afternoon spent on Newbury Street.

Pro-tip: At one end of Newbury Street is the Boston Common, so it is easy to check out both places!

Food

Dinner in the North End

The North End is Boston’s Italian Neighborhood and where the best food in Boston is served. In writing this article, I tried to pick a specific restaurant, but there are too many delicious places to pick just one! No matter where you end up, you will have an amazing Italian meal.

Pro tip: Most of these restaurants are very pricey - be prepared!

Mike’s Pastry

Also in the North End is Mike’s Pastry. Mike’s is famous for its cannoli. The cannolis come in many different flavors and all of them are delicious. My personal favorite is the chocolate covered cannoli.

Pro tip: Mike’s Pastry is definitely a tourist destination and it gets very busy during peak hours so I would recommend trying to go at an off time.

Harvard Square

Again, while not a specific restaurant, this area of Boston has lots of delicious dining options! There are almost 70 restaurants in Harvard Square. Located right across from Harvard University, it is a trendy area that allows you to see both the famous University and enjoy a good meal. Some of the restaurants I would recommend in Harvard Square are Alden & Harlow and The Boathouse.

Pro tip: Again, this is a pricey area so be prepared!

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