Even before visiting, Boston had always stood out to me as a great city. With world-renowned universities, a famously rich history and an unbeatable local accent to look forward to, my travel buddies and I arrived in town looking forward to uncovering as much as possible.
We were fortunate to have a local friend host us at his house slightly outside the city. Armed with local knowledge as well as our usual online research, we mapped out a travel plan we hoped would show us the very best Boston had to offer.
Our first venture into the city took us through the Freedom Trail, a famous self-guided walking tour that winds past 16 of Boston's historic treasures. We started at Park St Church (pictured), before following the red-brick trail over 3.2 kilometres through the city centre and across to Charlestown.
We continued our march west to East Cambridge, hoping to catch a nice view of the downtown skyline lighting up after sunset. En route, we were treated to a fantastic show of light and colour as the sun’s last rays silhouetted the skyline over the still water of the Charles River.
After sunset came twilight and the view only improved as the city lights of Back Bay came to life behind Longfellow Bridge. I set up my tripod to capture a number of long exposures from the bank. The above shot, which includes the streaking light trails of a crossing T-train, was my favourite!
What better way for us to finish the night than beers and sport with the locals? Boston had a great pub scene and we were spoilt for choice in the winter season with NHL, NBA and NFL games playing every night of the week. it was all the more reason to order a plate or two of buffalo wings and settle in for the evening.
Over the weekend our Bostonian friend took us to his summer house on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, a two-hour drive and ferry ride away. While packed with tourists in summer, we almost had the place to ourselves and spent a glorious sunny weekend exploring winter scenes like the one above all over the island.
More inspiring photography from Andrew Tallon
Our last touring stop on Martha's Vineyard was for sunset among the eroding sandstone cliffs on Lucy Vincent Beach. We chatted and played ball with some friendly locals before retreating for a well-earned rest at the house.
Boston is blessed with a history of sporting success across many codes and its Patriots NFL team is no exception. On our return to Boston, we ventured to Gillette Stadium with 68,000 other fans to see the reigning Super Bowl champions in action on another clear night.
It’s all football at Gillette Stadium but here in the more centrally located TD Garden, basketball and hockey are the main events. Boston's Bruins (hockey) and Celtics (basketball) both play in the arena up to twice weekly, so it’s easy to find a cheap ticket, at least before the playoffs start in April.
One last day in town gave us time to tour the beautiful campus grounds of Harvard University. Highlights included Harvard Square, Soldier Field, the John Harvard Statue and most impressively the Harvard Book Store, rated as one of the best in in the world.
It would be a shame to return from the United States without a suitcase full of goodies, so for our last stop we opened our wallets and toured the Wrentham Village Clothing Outlet. The big name brands were all there, but the savings were still glorious.
And as it always does, the time finally came for us to head home. With stretched stomachs, suitcases and another hard drive full of photos to sort through, we departed more than satisfied with our unforgettable experience in this old and beautiful American city.