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12 DIY tours in Boston-Cambridge-Somerville June 25, 2015

Cambridge and Boston are hubs for so many industries and bring in tens of hundreds on people on work travel every week from all corners of the world. In fact, 3 years before moving to Massachusetts, the first time I came to Cambridge was for a Chromatography Conference. I had an acquaintance who showed me around, but I so desperately wished there were maps and walking guides I could use to tour around the city (or cities if I may) on my own. So I have compiled some lists of preexisting tours that are worth taking and also some tours that I have created myself.

Wear comfortable shoes, carry some water, don’t forget your sunscreen and here you go:

  1. Freedom Trail (Boston) Check out the map here and information here
  2. History Buff Walking Tour 1 (Cambridge)
    • Prof. John Winthrop @ 93 Mt. Auburn
    • Old Stone Wall @ Winthrop st
    • Old Courthouse @ 1400 Mass Ave
    • Old Burial Ground @ Harvard Sq
    • Cambridge Common Park
    • Longfellow Residence/ Washington House
    • Dexter Pratt House (if you read Longfellow) @ 54 Brattle
    • Brattle House @ 42 Brattle
  3. History Buff Walking Tour 2 Cambridge)
    • Cooper-Frost-Austin House @ 21 Linnean
    • First Church @ 11 Garden St
  4. History Buff Walking Tour 3 (Cambridge)
    • Daniel Watson House 30 Elmwood
    • Mt. Auburn Cemetery
    • First business telephone, Water Dept. Fresh Pond
    • Lois Lilley Howe (Home of the America’s first woman architect), @ 6 Appleton St
  5. History Buff Walking Tour 4 (Cambridge)
    • Fort @ 857 Memorial
    • Clark’s Observatory 300 Sidney
    • Davenport Car Manufactory 708 Main
    • Margaret Fuller House @ 71 Cherry
    • Cambridge Athenaeum Mass & Pleasant
    • Cambridge City Hall 795 Mass Ave
  6. History Buff Walking Tour 5 (Cambridge)
    • Maria Louis Baldwin @ 194 Prospect
    • Cambridge Public Library @ 449 Broadway
    • Louis and Elizabeth Agassiz @ 36 Quincy
    • e.e.cummings 104 Irving
    • Julia Child’s Home 103 Irving

Cambridge Food Walking Tours - Glass Wheels Travels7. Harvard Square Food: For those of you like me who travel to eat and love to travel

  • L.A.Burdick for hot (or iced) dark chocolate- single origin chocolate available!
  • Flat Patties for inexpensive, fresh burgers- my favorites are Santa Fe, European and Southwest Chicken
  • Grendel’s Den for ah-mazing chowder (IMHO theirs was the best tasting chowder at the annual Harvard Square Chowder Fest)
  • Cardullo’s is a great place to stop and pick up specialty (often imported) grocery items and chocolate. Good sandwich options too
  • Berry Line, the first shop of the beloved hyper-local chain of frozen yogurt which offers 3-4 different flavors each week, the original always a constant, topped with fresh fruit, mochi, cheesecake and brownies plus any kind of candy you can dream off. Visiting on a colder day, ask for fro yo on a warm waffle instead
  • Petsie Pies for delish breakfast and lunch sandwiches and the heavenly chocolate pecan bourbon pie. Buy a slice or hoard a whole pie.
Somerville Food Walking Tours - Glass Wheels Travels

Somerville Food Walking Tours – Glass Wheels Travels

8. Somerville Foodie Walking Tour: Since we’re talking Cambridge, how can I not mention a similar, if shorter, walking food tour in Somerville? Check out the Somerville Food scene

  • Dali for tapas style dining and fun-whacky decor, with a glass of Madeira
  • Bergamot- skip the restaurant head straight for the bar for a one-of-a-kind lobster melt sandwich
  • A-4 Pizza (a smaller branch of the Area Four Pizza from Area Four Cambridge) order any pizza and savor the crust
  • Dosa-n-Curry- a little hole in the wall Indian restaurant offering vegetarian and vegan dishes and ginormous paper dosas, as big as their 4 seater tables
  • Petsie Pies- a branch of Cambridge’s beloved pie chain. Lunch and breakfast sandwiches and my favorite their chocolate pecan bourbon pie!

9. Harvard walking tours (Cambridge) offered by TradeMark Tours

10. Little Italy & North end (Boston) tour 

Cambridge Church Walkin Tours - Glass Wheels Travels

Cambridge Church Walking Tours – Glass Wheels Travels

11. Churches of Cambridge: These not just religious temples, most of these churches in Cambridge are ornate relics of history.

  • First Church in Cambridge
  • Christ Church Cambridge
  • Church of St. Paul
  • The Swedenborg Chapel
  • Holy Trinity Armenian Church (more recent)
  • St. James Episcopal Church (not shown on map, little bit further)
  • St. Peter’s (not shown on map)

12. From Mansions to Mudflats- (East Somerville) Walking Tour 


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