The beautiful autumn foliage is a great reason to visit Massachusetts in the fall, but for a memorable adventure check out Cambridge, the home of Harvard and MIT. But, other sights await you there, including historic buildings, exciting museums, and fantastic food.
Harvard and MIT
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Cambridge is best known for its two famous universities. Harvard was founded in 1636, only six years after Cambridge began, and it is one of the oldest and most respected schools in the country. Start with the Hahvahd tour (the local pronunciation). This student-led journey around the campus takes in the famous landmarks. Then, stop at the three art museums: The Fogg Museum, known for its collection of art dating from the Middle Ages to the present; The Busch-Reisinger Museum, the only museum in the United States exclusively devoted to artwork from German-speaking countries; and The Arthur M. Sackler Museum, showcasing art from Asia.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History offers 12,000 specimens, including dinosaurs, fossils, gemstones, and meteorites. The museum also houses the world-famous Blaschka “Glass Flowers,” a one-of-a-kind collection. Don’t miss the adjacent Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, which is part of the same admission ticket.
The Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery, found at MIT, showcases the institute’s recent developments in technology. Learn the history of the school at the MIT Museum. Maritime history, holography, photography, and robotics round out the MIT museum’s exhibitions.
Unique and Fun Restaurants
When it’s time to eat, choose from a variety of fare. Looking for something different? Try the Café ArtScience, a bit of laboratory and restaurant combined. If you need a caffeine boost from your busy day, try the inhalable coffee. The restaurant offers dishes like Crispy Head0s of Grilled Massachusetts Shrimp, which you can order in an edible WikiPearl dish.
If you are looking for less experimentation with your food, try Bondir, Alden and Howard, or Bambera, each offering recipes from renowned chefs. Orinoco offers food with the flair of Venezuela made with local and seasonal ingredients. To satisfy your sweet tooth, stop by Toscanini’s for a unique flavor of ice creams like bourbon-gingersnap or B3 flavor with brown sugar, brown butter, and chunks of fudge brownie. Another don’t-miss spot is the popular Flour Bakery and Café, home of the legendary sticky buns covered with dark caramel and toasted pecans.
George Washington Slept Here
Take a trip to the Longfellow House, the temporary headquarters of George Washington and his men during the Revolutionary War. Later, the famous American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow stayed there, and then became the owner when his father-in-law gifted the home for a wedding present. The house and garden open every day, and historical reenactments, music concerts, and poetry readings happen throughout the year.
If you need a place to stay in Cambridge, fall is the best time of the year. Hotels offer their lowest prices in autumn. So, take in the beautiful foliage, brush up on some history, and take a tour of two of the most famous universities in the nation in Cambridge, Massachusetts.