This isn’t a list of the big tourist attractions in Boston. This is a list of the small things, the seemingly minor details that end up being the most memorable moments of your trip.
1. Finagle a good view: It isn’t the most glamorous breakfast spot in town, but the Finagle a Bagel location near Copley Square is a great place to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. Why? Because the seating area on the second floor overlooks Copley Square and Trinity Church.
2. Ride on a hare: While you’re in the Back Bay, stop by Copley Square and take a few pictures with the tortoise and the hare sculptures outside Trinity Church. E. loved this!
3. Visit a cemetery: Boston is filled with history and some of America’s most notable people are buried in the cemeteries along the Freedom Trail. Stop by the Central Burying Ground to see the grave site of American painter Gilbert Stuart. Not far away, you’ll find the Granary Burial Ground, final resting place of Samual Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere.
4. Golden dome: No trip to Boston is complete without a stop by the State Capitol building. You’ll recognize it immediately; it’s the one with the distinctive gold dome. (And yes, that’s really gold leaf. It was added in 1874.)
5. Pasta and pastries up north: Head to a part of town known as the North End for great Italian food. You’ll be overwhelmed by the number of restaurant options in this neighborhood–this is the place to go for pasta, pastries, and espresso. I really enjoyed my tiramisu at Cafe Dello Sport, but the options are endless.
All of these activities are “small” in the sense that they don’t require lots of time or money. In fact, three of them are free! Boston has so much to offer…do the big stuff, but make sure you soak in the details too. It’s the details that I’m dreaming of today. For more Monday Dreams, check out the family travel blog Mother of All Trips.