Best Boston Tourism Tips

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Two weeks after my arrival in Boston, I was dazed. I'd lived in another city for years, and this move meant leaving behind a place I loved and an adored group of friends. The move made sense at that time in my life, but those first few months were rocky.

One Saturday afternoon, about three months after our arrival, I was walking down Arlington Street, my usual mental chant about Boston being insufficiently like my old home looping through my head. I headed into the Public Garden, the small jewel of a garden in Back Bay, just below the Boston Common. A lively wedding party was having photos taken at the foot of the statue of George Washington.

Wedding Party Beneath Washington Statue Statue of Washington in the Public Garden

The air was warm and pedestrians were streaming around the laughing members of party, trying to avoid the photographer's sight line. Washington loomed, a stirring reminder of the city's role in the founding of the nation. I was walking through a spectacularly cultivated 175 year-old garden on my way to meet a friend for lunch at a place that serves literally the best thin-crust pizza I've ever had.

And it dawned on me: there were things in Boston that I was becoming happily accustomed to, things I couldn't easily get elsewhere: the profound connection to American history, the quiet yet robust confidence, the graceful architecture, the cleanliness, the big-city opportunities and amenities wrapped in a smaller-town vibe. There really isn't another city like it.

I hadn't realized that I would quickly feel privileged to live here, that the city would delight me in ways I'd never predicted. Now I spend a good chunk of my free time out on its streets, enjoying its well-known treasures and discovering new ones.