We haven’t explored much of New England. To us, the northern part of the United States is a busy, congested, and intimidatingly cold. We just haven’t quiet found the motivation to venture out to. We’ve heard how charming, beautiful, historic, and incredible it’s restaurants are, but we just hadn’t made it a priority. I was looking forward to change that on this stretch of the trip. Mark several cities (not to mention a whole region of the US) off the map that we that hadn’t seen yet. Boston was the first of these cities. Parking an RV in Boston is not a thing. There are no “close” RV campgrounds, none that we found at least. We were going to park at a state park about 45 minutes – 1 hour outside of the city that offered hiking trails, nature, and lakes nearby. It was a perfect blend of outdoorsy with proximity to the “big city”. But, when we arrived, Hurricane Jose was off shore and it was mandated by the governor that all Massachusetts state parks evacuate. No one was able to camp until approved by the county. We called several local campgrounds but almost all of them were an hour + away from the city and farther than we wanted. We eventually found a place that was more or less than same distance (about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes) from Boston, but was far more expensive than we typically like.
Liz had to travel back to Florida for a follow up doctors appointment and her sister’s baby shower, so Dennis was left once again to have some fun on his own. Driving into the city each day wasn’t exactly ideal at an hour + drive (without traffic and let’s be real Boston has a TON of traffic), so he tried to see what the smaller suburbs offered. He went to a few breweries although neither were that spectacular. It was a good way to meet some new people, see the town, and get out of the house during the rainy dark days.
After Liz returned from Florida, we decided to extend our stay so we could actually see the city. We made a big day out of it, trying to see as much as possible in our one day in town. Our first stop was Regina’s Pizzeria. A famous Mom & Pop Pizza shop that’s been there for 40+ years. It’s well visited and well respected for obvious reasons. It’s affordable, high quality, and darn good pizza. We loved that we could get a great pizza (with fun toppings) for under $20! It filled us up and got us ready for our next stop, The Freedom Trail. We did a self guided freedom trail tour, but totally see how it’d be worth it to do a formal paid tour. There’s so much history that you miss out on when you do it on your own. We loved walking down the small streets with cobblestone roads and overlooking the harbors. The history is so rich in Boston.
On the freedom trail, we were able to see the Old City Hall, State Hall, went to Faneuil Hall, and passed a dozen other amazingly historical places. We really enjoyed learning more about Paul Revere. We went inside the church he alerted the nearby town, Lexington that the British were coming in his famous “Midnight Ride”. We also saw his house which is nearly 300 years old (crazy)! Benjamin Franklin statues are everywhere – they love this guy! He did grow up there after all and was a pretty incredible man. One of our favorite features of the city are the old, slightly spooky graveyards. The tombstones are strewn about with no rhyme or reason, and have a Día de Muertos vibe to them.
We realize we barely saw Boston, and definitely didn’t get to know the “true” Boston, but we were happy we could play tourist for at least a day and take in the rich history the city has to offer!