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If you want a New England experience, but only have the day, why not head to Boston? You can catch the 6:55am flight from Minneapolis and find yourself landing incredibly close to the water on the eastern edge of the country in just a few hours.
After leaving the plane, you will need to follow the signs to ground transportation. Public transportation is the way to go and it is very easy to use.
Head out to the curb and look for the MBTA bus with the connection to the blue line. It is free of charge and it will take you on a 5 min. ride to the Blue line train station.
Depending on what you want to do, you’ll want to purchase a Charliecard of $5-$10 dollars upon arrival. $10 lasted me the whole day (you pay $1.75 each time you enter the metro system).
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Wanna see downtown? Hop off at Aquarium Station on the southbound blue line. The second I exited the train I smelled the salt water air. It was a great treat for a landlocked midwesterner.
Once on street level, take in the incredible New England architecture: Clock towers, brick roads, old pubs and old cathedrals. Head west to go to Paul Revere’s house, or south on State St. to check out Boston Commons (a mini central park).
Whatever you do, be sure to stop by Ye Olde Union Oyster House for lunch. It claims to be the oldest restaurant in America. It offers incredible food in an incredible setting. There are a variety of dining rooms accessed by windy staircases that leave you wondering exactly where you are. It was a picturesque “hole in the wall” experience. Try the clam chowder, it was awesome!
I also visited the Berklee College of Music, located south off the Green line, which has an incredible bookstore for musicians. Simply the best of the best materials.
After a light snack at Dunkin Donuts, a wonderful experience at the Oyster House and a walk through Boston Commons and the harbor , I hopped back on the Blue Line northbound towards the airport, depleting my Charliecard with the last swipe.
Boston was absolutely lovely, and possibly the best day trip I have ever done. It was easily more worthwhile and interesting than Chicago or New York City. While I’m sure I barely tapped the wealth of things to do, there are only so many hours in a day, and If that’s all you’ve got, why not choose Boston? You won’t be disappointed.