A Boston Itinerary
Boston MA has skyscrapers that you'd expect from an American city, a picture-perfect harbour, and so many amazing places to shop and eat. Boston MA is a great place to explore for a day. There is a definite buzz walking around the city, so get yourself ready to go and experience it! If you are planning to solo travel Boston whether that’s for a weekend in Boston or just a day, discover our Boston itinerary to make the most of 24 hours in Boston.
Start of The Day
Okay, so whilst it is a bit cliché for America, you have to try the bagels served at the South End Buttery. They have so many different breakfast choices and amazing coffee; the perfect way to fuel yourself for a day of exploring.
From the South End you can follow Tremont Street which will lead you directly to Boston Common – the first ever public park in the USA. If you walk around the park you will get a great view of the city’s financial district and Massachusetts State House. Parallel to Boston Common is Washington Street, which is the best place for some retail therapy, especially at the giant Macy’s, and is the ideal location to grab a mid-morning coffee.
Mid-Morning to Lunchtime
From Washington Street you can walk towards the Government Center, which is home to the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the best place to buy your Boston jumpers and t-shirts! Boston Public Market is about a five-minute walk away from Faneuil Hall, and has all kinds of options for lunch, from falafels to pizza to bagels (again!). It is also a great place to sample some local beers and ales, and immerse yourself in the culture, but make sure you have your ID handy!
In The Afternoon
A wander around the harbour is breathtaking – literally, if it’s as windy as it was when I visited, so be prepared before you go! From the Wharf, head towards Back Bay and aim for the Prudential Building; it’s the second tallest building in Boston so is pretty hard to miss. You could spend a day in the Prudential Tower itself, as there are so many shops (including a massive Sephora!), restaurants, and bars. But the real gem is on the 50th floor of the Pru: the Skywalk Observatory.
This is the highest observation deck in New England, and gives you a panoramic view of Boston and surrounding areas. It really is the best way to experience the city, as you can see Fenway Park and even Harvard University, which you otherwise might not be able to see in just one day.
If you are feeling peckish, check out EATALY which is located in the Prudential Center. As you may have guessed, it specialises in all things Italian, including absolutely amazing freshly-made pizza for around $4 – totally worth it! It also has four restaurants to choose from so will suit any budget, and has loads of cool things to buy as souvenirs or presents.
In The Evening
Choosing a place for dinner is going to be difficult, as wherever you are in Boston there are great options for food. I would recommend heading back towards the North End, which you can do via cab or subway. The North End is known for its Italian-American population, so if a big bowl of pasta is what you fancy after a long day of exploring, this is the place to be. From here you are about a mile away from South Station, which is Boston’s busiest transport hub and will get you to the airport or help you on your way to your next destination.
If you do have longer in the USA, you can catch a coach to so many other places from South Station for a very reasonable price, so just check out the other states you plan to visit before you go! Getting to New York only takes about 4 hours on the coach, so if you fancy it check out this guide for free things to do in a day!
Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated day tours and activities in Boston. Choose from the original and world-famous Boston duck tour, a ghost and gravestones tour, or the Boston sightseeing trolley tour. There are several to choose from including a whale watching catamaran cruise off the coast of Boston, and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. Read my Get Your Guide review or click the link below for all their tours.
Viator – Viator are similar to Get Your Guide. They are an American company and a tour platform with more than 345,000 tours and worldwide activities. They also offer a food and history North End Freedom Trail walking tour, and a Martha’s Vineyard day trip with a ferry and island tour option. Read my Viator review or click the link for all their tours.
Stay Eco in Boston
The Lenox Hotel
From installing low-flow toilets, showerheads, and aerators, to giving left-over food to employees and upgrading their recycling practices, it’s no wonder that the Lenox Hotel was designated by Condé Nast as one of America’s “greenest” luxury hotels. They are very transparent when it comes to their green and sustainable practices which can be found here:
- Prices from £303/$422 per night for a classic room
- To book, check prices or availability for Lenox Hotel
Loews Boston Hotel
Loews follows standard sustainable practices such as eco-friendly paper and ink use and encouraging guests to re-use their linens and towels. However, the Loews Boston Hotel has installed state-of-the-art equipment that recognizes when guests have left their room which then adjusts the room temperature, thus preserving energy.
- Prices from £200/$278 per night for a standard room
- To book, check prices or availability for Loews Boston Hotel
Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel
This Boston boutique hotel does not only serve stunning views but also amazing social commitments. Their partners range from the Trevor Project to No Kid Hungry. They aim to introduce mandatory Diversity + Inclusion training and to support more Black creators and partners.
- Prices from £279/$388 per night for an oversized queen room
- To book, check prices or availability for Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel
Social Impact Programs
EatOkra – Brooklyn-based startup EatOkra is a mobile app for finding black-owned restaurants. The app contains information and ratings for local black-owned restaurants in Boston and elsewhere in the US. It is a great way to discover new places to eat and support local black-owned businesses.
Books to read before travelling to Boston:
Only In Boston: A Guide to Unique Locations, Hidden Corners and Unusual Objects by Duncan J. D. Smith.
Boston Food Crawls: Touring the Neighborhoods One Bite & Libation at a Time by J. Q. Louise.
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