World's Best US City: #10 Boston, MA
And we are back again with another jam-packed list of things to do in one best scooter and e-bike friendly cities in the US. Next on our list is Boston, Massachusetts. In Travel + Leisure’s 2022 World Best awards, Boston ranked number 10 when it came to the best cities in the US.
Along with being packed with tons of history and “America’s firsts”, Boston is also ranked #8 most bike-friendly city in the United States, which makes it a perfect place for Mount amenities like e-scooters and e-bikes.
Now, if this is your first time in the Town O’ Beans, we would suggest a more touristy route. Tessa Yannone from bostonmagazine.com lays out some pretty epic scooter/bike routes.
To get to know the downtown Boston area, Tessa suggests:
- Start at Boston Public Garden
- Start biking North through Boston Common on Beacon Street
- Turn right on Park and Left on Washington Street until you get to the Old State House
- Turn left at Cambridge Street and then make a right on Sudbury Street.
- Once you make it to the historic North End, make your way up Salem Street. Tessa says to stop by Monica’s Mercato for an Italian sub and grab a bottle of bubbly or a six-pack of Harpoon. She also suggests to pop next door to Bova’s Bakery for a cannoli or three.
Don’t eat your treats just yet. Tessa knows a place…
- Go down to the end of Salem and head to the Harborwalk off of Congress Street.
- Grab a seat wherever you would like and finally...enjoy your food, views, and company.
- Continue down the Harborwalk to the New England Aquarium before looping downtown and back to the garden.
If you liked this, check out her other suggestions in “Explore the City with These Six Bike Trips around Boston”
Another route we suggest if you are looking for something with more views of the city and don’t mind biking a few extra miles, is the “Weekly Shop Ride” by Urban Adventours. This route is about 20 miles long, but is primarily through the city, so don’t worry about it being too intense if you aren't an avid cyclist. During this ride you will pass the Boston Common, Fenway Park, Jamaica Pond, The Arnold Arboretum, and so much more!
If you're over touristy Boston and want to see a different side of Beantown, we suggest trying some alternate routes. Starting at the Esplanade is pretty much always a good idea. You'll get to enjoy sights of various MIT Buildings, sights of the Charles, the Longfellow Bridge, the Zakim Bridge and multiple parks and docks along your route. From there you can head on to Seaport and enjoy the views and shops at one of Boston's newest neighborhoods.
If you have a bike or e-bike and want to go a bit further, the Esplanade to Revere Beach is a great ride clocking in at about 20 miles roundtrip. Along with the fun and interesting sights you will see on the way, you also get to say you ended your ride at the US’s first public beach, no big deal. Or you can go from the Esplanade to Castle Island,e-bike-friendly then take a ride on the coast to the Neponset River Reservation for some one-on-one time with nature.
Whichever route you choose to take, we promise you won’t regret it! So what are you waiting for? Book your trip already!
Are you a local Bostonian and know some good routes? Let us know your favorite scooter/bike routes around Boston!
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