Just across the Charles River basin from Boston itself, Cambridge Massachusetts is a beautiful, historic city that Boston travelers should not make the mistake of overlooking. Because of its proximity to Boston, finding a Cambridge hotel central to many interesting sights in both cities is a snap if you use the right booking site. Consider staying in Cambridge next time you visit the Boston metropolitan area, at a conveniently placed Cambridge hotel like the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, and explore a city rich in history you never knew you were missing out on. I have gathered the best places to visit in Cambridge, from my own experience.
Places to Visit in Cambridge Massachusetts
See Grand Historic Mansions at Brattle Street
Some of the most beautiful, elegant architecture in New England resides on Brattle Street, an avenue filled with rich American history. Formerly called Tory Row, this picturesque drive paved with brick sidewalks houses residences built in the 18th century.
Stay in Harvard Square, located at one end of Brattle Street, at the Harvard Square Hotel. This will put you close to fantastic exploration opportunities within the two historic houses open to the public: the Longfellow National Historic Site and the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House.
Go Shopping at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace
This combination of indoor/outdoor urban shopping extravaganza has rich roots in Boston’s history. With more than 70 retailers, cuisine from all over the world, and a host of engaging street performers, the Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a wonderful spot to stop while visiting Cambridge.
Shopping isn’t the only draw. Faneuil Hall dates back to 1742 and was expanded in 1826 to incorporate another building. Walk amongst beautiful historic architecture. One day might not be enough to explore this attraction, so stay nearby at the Hampton Inn Boston Cambridge. Make sure to pay a visit to Quincy Market, right next to Faneuil Hall.
Absorb Creativity at the Harvard Art Museums
History in Cambridge isn’t just Revolution-era buildings and cobblestone streets. The Harvard Art Museums, comprised of three buildings, house exhibits featuring cultures from Chinese to Islamic that span many eras and a lot of the Ivy League history.
View paintings created in the years following the official beginning of the United States of America or travel back even further to Europe in the Middle Ages. The Charles Hotel, located within walking distance of the museums, will provide you with a luxury place to rest your head, and is conveniently situated for you to explore not only the museums but also all of Harvard University.
Experience Quiet Beauty at Mount Auburn Cemetery
Visiting a cemetery may seem macabre, but Mount Auburn, founded in 1831, is a stunning example of how the architecture of a cemetery can possess a museum-like quality.
Many visitors, in fact, consider this site to be a museum interpreting both historical and modern ideas about death. Hotel Veritas is situated nearby. Stay close and explore the art, tremendous flora, and garden-like quality of Mount Auburn Cemetery.
Some of Boston’s most unique history is located next-door Cambridge. Not only is Cambridge populated with beautiful old buildings and intriguing stories from centuries ago, but also the city itself is fun to visit, with bustling nightlife and unique shopping. Start planning your Cambridge visit today and if you had the chance visit the oldest restaurant in America, it’s located in Boston.
Author Bio: Alexandra Shostak is a writer for Hipmunk City Love Project. She likes to go on adventures, whether they take her down the street or on a road trip to another state. She’s lived in Ohio and NYC, and currently resides on Florida’s west coast where she goes to the beach as often as possible.