Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston ranks as one of my Top 6 all-time favorite cities.
Other cities — such as Charleston, New Orleans or Savannah — are nice to visit every once in awhile. New York City? Well I went up there every summer as a child to visit family so a trip there as an adult doesn’t hold as much awe for me as it would someone who hasn’t been there nearly as often.
None of them have the magic of Boston, London, Paris, Rome, Dublin or San Francisco though.
And Boston and London are neck and neck at the top of the list.
During my college days, it was a goal of mine to someday live in Boston. Despite having been there three times already and seeing just about every site there is to see, that city never gets old.
Another trip there in the near future wasn’t being ruled out — and it still hasn’t.
There is something truly special about spending an afternoon casually going from one vendor booth to the next at Faneuil Hall, traipsing through Boston Common, looking out on Boston Harbor from the Bunker Hill Memorial or visiting the U.S.S. Constitution.
My parents have a photo of me from about 13 years ago at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. The museum lets visitors push cartons or “tea” into the harbor. The photo captured me doing just that.
Of course, there is a rope attached to the carton and you have to pull them back up onto the boat when you’re done.
Then there is the entire Freedom Trail. That will always be special, no matter how many times it’s seen. You get to visit every major site in the city on that trail, from Faneuil Hall, to Paul Revere’s House.
There is one key thing to remember about the Freedom Trail. Yes you visit all of the city’s main attractions on it, but that is because they are all key sites in colonial American history.
That unique sense of place and history is one thing that cannot ever be taken away from Boston.
The trail is a highly recommended must-see activity to do and you can find out more about the trail at www.thefreedomtrail.org/.
If you visit the city and follow that trail, Boston will likely rank high on your list of favorite places for the rest of your life too.
Curt Yeomans is the Senior Reporter for the Clayton News Daily and an avid traveler. He can be reached at 770-478-5753, ext. 247, via Email at email@example.com or on Twitter at @CYeomansCND.