Best of Boston


1999 BEST Tour

Boston by Foot


Let’s face it, Boston’s a walking town; buy into a pricey gimmick tour, and you’ll spend half the time stuck in traffic. At Boston By Foot, though, the guides are volunteers; you pick your thematic pleasure (seven tours cover everything… read more»

1998 BEST Tour, Guide

Ed Gordon

Forget the Ducks. The cultural, historic, and aesthetic richness of this city is in safer hands with the likes of Ed Gordon. He’s an architectural buff who likes showing off undiscovered neighborhoods and his tours are heavy on anecdotes about… read more»

1996 BEST Tour, Eco-Friendly

Cambridge Kayak Company


Robert Gaston of Cambridge Kayak Company is putting together a sea-kayak trail stretching from northern to southern Massachusetts. Kayaker-friendly bed and breakfasts and waterfront restaurants will welcome weary travelers along the way; the tourist dollars, Gaston hopes, will encourage environmental… read more»

1996 BEST Tour, Harbor

Save the Harbor-Save the Bay


The best opportunity to check out the outer harbor comes but twice a year. This environmental group leads two excellent narrated tours in early September and early may—per their request, please call for exact departure dates as the time approaches…. read more»

1996 BEST Tour

Boston Duck Tours


Okay, maybe the quacking can get on your nerves, but Boston Duck Tour’s 80-minute trips do everything the others do by land, and then more. In renovated World War II amphibious vehicles, sightseers get plopped into the Charles so they… read more»

1996 BEST Tour, Stop on the Freedom Trail

Old Ironsides


The USS Constitution is back in the water and fully rigged. The oldest commissioned warship in the United States, Old Ironsides provides not only a fascinating glimpse of a bygone era but a great place from which to see the… read more»

1996 BEST Tour, Brewery

Boston Brew Company

Jamaica Plain

The headquarters for Samuel Adams Beer offers a tour that is truly informative. You’ll be introduced to the technicalities of hops and barley malt, then get to sample a few beers. read more»

1996 BEST Tour, Market, North End

L’Arte Di Cucinare/Michele Topor


Visit the butcher, the baker, the ravioli maker on a four-hour tour of the insider’s North End led by an expert in Italian culinary arts. Learn to recognize the best olive oil, pasta, balsamic vinegar, and grappa as you taste… read more»

1992 BEST Tour

The number 1 bus

The number 1 bus (Dudley) takes you through a cross section of the Hub from Harvard Yard to Dudley Square, and offers breathtaking views of the Charles Basin. It’s a social experience, too: Boston’s neighborhoods may be segregated, but on… read more»

1990 BEST Tour

The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail

Walking tour flyer available at the Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau information booth, 147 Tremont Street, on Boston Common. If you don’t know who Margaret Fuller, Myrna Vasquez, Melnea Cass, and Amy Beach were, you had better take the tour. read more»