Boston, MA: A Virtual Guided Tour, from a Local’s Perspective

Boston, MA is one of the great cities in America. And while

there are a number of decent tours people can choose from

while visiting Boston, most of them don’t go much beyond

Quincy Market and the Freedom Trail. In this feature written

by the founder of Boston’s Hidden Restaurants and Travel

Guide of America, you will learn about the entire city of

Boston, from Fenway Park to Hyde Park.Boston, at its heart, is a city of neighborhoods. And many of

these sections of Boston have a lot to offer the visitor. While

the virtual tour of Boston is going to begin in familiar

surroundings, you will soon learn about these great

neighborhoods that are often overlooked by tourists.Let’s start downtown, where you have the

historic Boston Common, Quincy Market, Fanueil Hall, and

much more. This bustling area is where most visitors come.

If you go northeast a few blocks, you end up in the

North End, an old Italian neighborhood

with narrow streets and great restaurants. From here, you

can take the tunnel to East Boston, a

close-knit working-class neighborhood that also has a

strong Italian influence, though it also has a large Brazilian

population now, too.From East Boston, cut back through the tunnel and head

north to Charlestown, a charming old

neighborhood with quaint row houses lining steep hills.

From Charlestown, go back through downtown, heading

west through Beacon Hill, a tree-shaded

old-money neighborhood, and both the South

and Back Bay, two exciting,

trendy parts of Boston, and go past The

, where Fenway Park, home of the Boston

Red Sox, is located. You soon arrive in

Allston and Brighton,

two parts of Boston populated by college students. These

funky areas are filled with restaurants, bars, and shops.From Allston, head south, eventually ending up in

Jamaica Plain, one of the funkiest Boston

neighborhoods. Jamaica Plain is filled with ma-and-pa

shops and has some of the most beautiful architecture in

Boston. From here, move southwest into

Roslindale and West

, two mostly middle-class sections of

Boston that are mostly residential, though Roslindale is

becoming known for its terrific restaurants, too. East of here

is Hyde Park, a quiet part of Boston that

hasn’t changed much over the years and feels more like a

suburban town.If you continue east from Hyde Park, you reach

Roxbury and Mattapan,

sprawling neighborhoods that are undergoing a lot of

renovation and beautification. This close-knit part of Boston

has some great parks and wonderful old Victorian houses.Continuing further east, you arrive in

Dorchester, a huge neighborhood that is

mostly working class. Black, Irish, and Vietnamese

neighborhoods make up most of Dorchester, but young

professionals are also discovering its beautiful homes and

old-time charm. From Dorchester, continue northeast into

South Boston, where Boston’s Irish

families have lived for more than a century. Southie has

great beaches, steep hills, and amazing views of downtown.

And it is a neighborhood that takes pride in its

independence and uniqueness.From South Boston, it is an easy drive back into downtown

Boston, stopping by bustling Chinatown

and the charming, quiet Bay Village along

the way. There is much more to Boston than was covered in

this brief article, but you will have to explore the rest of this

great city on your own!Copyright 2005, Boston’s Hidden Restaurants. All Rights


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