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Retrace the steps of the American Revolution, savour the freshest of lobster rolls and cheer on the Boston Red Sox says Jessica Pook

Day 1: Start a revolution

Morning: Get a caffeine fix at the Thinking Cup, a favourite coffee shop serving muffins, quiche and sticky pastries.

Time to get the step count up by walking The Freedom trail, a 2.5-mile red-brick trail through Boston’s historic neighbourhoods, recounting the story of the American Revolution. The trail tour lasts 90 minutes and highlights 11 of the 16 spots, plus you’ll get to enjoy the company of a colonial-costumed historical interpreter.

Afternoon: The tour finishes at Faneuil Hall, which leads nicely into lunch at the adjoining bustling Quincy Market Colonnade. Grab a bite to go and walk the cobblestone promenades lined with street performers and musicians. For a less touristy alternative, cross the street to the Boston Public Market and snack on Apple Cider Doughnuts from Red’s Apple Farm. Then head to the Seaport District to relive the historic Boston Tea Party, a protest against the tax of tea which is said to have sparked the American Revolution. Climb aboard an 18th century ship and recreate the ‘Destruction of the Tea’.

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Evening: Head to the city’s North End, to sample some authentic American Italian food. Boston’s Little Italy is the oldest part of the city, home of the first immigrants, and lined with restaurants and bars offering pasta dishes piled high.

Day 2: Cheer on the Red Sox

Morning: Spend a cultured morning in Boston’s beautiful art galleries. Located a short walk from one another are the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – a reconstructed 15th century Venetian palace filled with European, Asian and Islamic art – while the Museum of Fine Arts has a collection that spans 100 galleries.

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Afternoon: Boston is known for its seafood and a lobster dish is a menu staple. For lunch seek out Yankee Lobster which serves lobster roll, clams and steaming bowls of chowder.
You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy a visit to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. At 109 years-old, it’s one of America’s oldest ballparks and still has the original chairs. Revisit the careers of famous Red Sox players and explore the grounds on a 60-minute stadium tour.

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Evening: If clients are visiting during baseball season (April-October), be sure to book an evening game under the floodlights. Friday night games produce an electric atmosphere and visitors will feel like a true Bostonian celebrating the seventh innings with a Fenway Frank!
Out of season, head for an American IPA at the Hopsters Brewing Company to sample hoppy craft beers, and even make your own. Or head to Harpoon Brewery for a ‘flight’ accompanied by a giant pretzel.

Book it with… United Airlines

Launched earlier this year, United Airlines operates a daily non-stop service from London Heathrow to Boston. Return fares start at £529 (Economy), £1,520 (United Premium Plus) and £5,719 (United Polaris business).

All fares include taxes and checked baggage.

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