Reasons to Visit Cambridge This Year
This article was originally published on Sunn Gold on October 5, 2017.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a smart, bohemian town with a rich history and gorgeous views. A student population from both Harvard and MIT helps sustain the city’s culture of coffee shops, art galleries, cinemas, bookstores, and neighborhood bars. While staying in Cambridge, you’ll enjoy walking the streets and soaking up the historic atmosphere. You’ll also find plenty of attractions to keep you busy around town.
The active college life in Cambridge means you can always find a lecture, performance, sporting event, academic conference, or some other interesting activity happening. If you’re coming to town for a university function, you’ll want to get a hotel near Harvard University or find a place to stay near MIT. Both are close enough to the Charles River to offer nice views and a pleasant place to stroll.
An Abundance of Museums
Cambridge is home to many great museums. Some of the options you can explore, many on the Harvard University campus, include the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard Museum of Natural History, MIT Museum, and The Fogg Art Museum.
Restaurants and Shopping
Cambridge is full of cozy places to dine and shop. If you look for hotel accommodations near Porter Square or Harvard Square, you’ll be well-situated to enjoy eateries, neighborhood bars, boutique shopping, and public transportation. Market Square is the perfect plaza if you like to browse antique, vintage, and handcrafted merchandise.
A Rich History
Cambridge is a terrific place to soak up American history. Mount Auburn Cemetery, founded in 1831, was America’s first landscaped cemetery and is now a National Historic Landmark. The Longfellow House is the home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the most recognized poets of the 19th century. The 2.5-mile Freedom Trail in nearby Boston also gives you glimpses of the region’s connections to American historical events.
The pub culture around Cambridge attracts a lovely combination of craft beer fans, academics, locals, and tourists. The Brick and Mortar is a bar in a cool, industrial-looking building that serves up sensational cocktails. Order your cosmo at the Cuchi Cuchi, a throwback bar to the bygone era of 1920s Hollywood. And if you’re visiting Cambridge with your pet, bring your pooch with you to the dog-friendly Cambridge Brewing Co.
Sightseeing Around Cambridge
What’s one of the most popular ways to explore Cambridge? How about a Segway tour? As one of the area’s oldest Segway tour companies, Boston Segway offers a two-hour tour covering about 10 miles of sightseeing which includes sites around historic Cambridge. If you’re short on time, a one-hour tour hits many popular places around Boston Commons and the Boston Harbor.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a highly walkable city, with so much to explore and discover when you’re making your way around. People-watching in the streets and taking time to notice the architectural detail are highlights of a trip to Cambridge, so don’t over-schedule your trip. Allow plenty of time to wander, stroll, and sip coffee between visiting attractions.