Last updated on February 17, 2024 by Stefano Ferro, travelling and making photos for 20 years. Read more Things to do

Boston in one day – A photography journey

Continuing with the photography journey in one day, this week it is time for the East Coast of the United States, and I will start with a city richer in history and beauty: Boston.

I started my day in the Cambridge area, very famous because of the well-known universities but did you know that Boston has 27 colleges and universities inside its city limits and the surrounding areas have 40 more, educating more than 100,000 students?

With a lot of universities in the area, I went to the most famous (according to me): Harvard.

Cambridge is also one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Boston especially if you are planning a long stay in the city. It’s also a great spot for restaurants, bars, and nightlife.

Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston

Harvard, established in 1636 across the Charles River in Cambridge, is respected worldwide as an outstanding institution of learning.

Eight signatories of the Declaration of Independence and six presidents were educated here. Harvard is different in that its campus is actually Harvard Square, which is a colorful meeting place with coffee shops, boutiques, bookstores, and sidewalk performers.

Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston

To get into Harvard Square, you can either drive or use public transport.

I would recommend using public transport to go there since parking is very limited and expensive

Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston

Now, it is time to go to Boston downtown, another great place to stay in Boston for a central location, with subway connections to pretty much everywhere in the city.

My first stop will be Boston Common with over 50 acres of green lawns (although they weren’t green since spring it was just kicking out and after a really tough winter), magnificent trees, and serene waterways, is America’s oldest public park.

Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston

In this public park, you can also find the New State House, completed in 1798 it is the oldest building in Beacon Hill and serves as the seat of Massachusetts state government, and is regarded as one of the most beautiful and well-situated buildings in the country.

Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston

You can also find the equestrian statue of George Washington in the Boston Common as well a bronze statue of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings from the famous children’s picture book: Make Way for Ducklings.

Both statues normally get dressed according to the occasion or sports/weather season.

Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston

Then I walked through the city to the harbor side and I noticed an interesting curved building, was the South Station building which a lot of people use for commuting in the morning and evening times.

Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston

A few photos of the city skyline can be taken from South Boston where you can see also part of the Boston Harbour.

Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston

I saved the best for the end of my day, I drove to Hyatt Harbourside Hotel near to the airport to get some photos of the Boston skyline at sunset.

You can also take a ferry from Boston Harbour to the Hyatt Harbourside Hotel.

My tip will be if you are driving, get there just before sunset and park in the car parking of the hotel since you have 1 hour free for parking.

It also sometimes could be really windy area so try to have a steady and good tripod for the long exposure photos.

Photography in Boston
Photography in Boston

Travel & Photography Tips

  • To get into Harvard Square use public transport from Boston’s downtown
  • There is a 1-hour free parking at Hyatt Harbourside Hotel so you can get Boston Skyline photos.
  • It could be very windy at night so I would recommend having a good tripod for long-exposure photos.

The Boston photography journey map

This post was written in collaboration with Victor Rodriguez, our US expert

Stefano Ferro - MEL365.com Founder and Editor

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Stefano is a seasoned travel expert and the visionary founder of MEL365.com, a leading travel website with traffic across 6 continents. With a rich background in the travel industry, Stefano spent four pivotal years at Amadeus Travel Distribution System, gaining invaluable insights into travel technologies and distribution.

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