Though a natural choice for sports fans and history buffs, there's much of the Hub worth exploring beyond the Green Monster and Freedom Trail. To plan a different kind of visit to New England, read through our Design Destination Guide for the beautiful city of Boston:
See: • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: A private home turned museum, the Gardner's courtyard is the star, and changes with the seasons. • ICA: Boston's first new museum in 100 years, the glass structure on the Harbor showcases exciting contemporary art. • Design Museum Boston: Exploring the role design plays in everyday life, their current exhibit, Getting There, focuses on travel.
• Cambridge Historical Tours: Many visitors have walked the Freedom Trail, but what about the history of Cambridge? Explore Harvard Square and learn things most locals don't even know.
• Gibson House: This Back Bay brownstone is unchanged since the Victorian era, giving visitors a snapshot of life back in the 1800s.
• Longfellow House: Check out the home of one of America's greatest poets, which also happens to be the same place Washington stayed during the siege of Boston.
• SOWA Open Market: Every Sunday from May through October, Boston's artists, artisans, farmers, and food trucks gather to display their wares.
• Black Ink: A curiosity shop with walls filled floor-to-ceiling with "unexpected necessities," you'll find it hard to walk out empty-handed.
• Ward Maps: Specializing in antique maps and vintage transit signs, there's much history to be discovered in this Cambridge institution.
• Sault: Featuring men's clothing and accoutrements, here's where you'll find real New England style, with no whale-print shorts in sight.
• Neptune Oyster Bar: Briny bivalves and arguably one of Boston's best lobster rolls, available hot with butter or cold with mayo.
• Coppa: Jamie Bissonnette, Food & Wine's Best New Chef 2011, offers up nose-to-tail cuisine with charcuterie and offal ruling the roost.
• Tres Gatos: A little tapas joint in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood, they're also a full-service book & music store.
• Area Four: Cambridge's tech hub is a booming new dining destination, and Area Four's combination coffeehouse/bakery/bar/oven is not to be missed.
• The Liberty Hotel: A former jailhouse steeped in history but upgraded with style.
• Royal Sonesta Hotel: On the Cambridge side of the Charles, riverfront rooms offer iconic views of the Boston skyline.
• The Charlesmark Hotel: Centrally located in Copley Square, this boutique hotel's chic lounge is a perfect place to unwind.
Please help us out and add to the guide in the comments - what are your recommendations for Boston?
(Images: 1. Shutterstock, 2. Liberty Hotel, 3. SOWA Open Market, 4. Flickr user arndog licensed for use by Creative Commons, 5. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 6. Cambridge Historical Tours)