Most Boston hotels offer their guests maps showing preferred running routes. The most popular path hugs each side of the Charles River and passes Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Fenway Park, the Museum of Science, The State House, and the famed Hatch Shell where the Boston Pops play to millions each Fourth of July. (A big plus is the drinking fountains along the way.)
Early weekend mornings, it's a true joy to run through the historic Public Gardens (think swan boats and Make Way for Ducklings), Boston Common, and the streets of Beacon Hill. Be sure to drop by the Bill Rodgers Running Center in Quincy Marketplace. (Bill's brother Charlie is the one with the coolest whiskers.)
Also -- in Copley Square there is a monument in the plaza listing the names of all past winners of the Boston Marathon. It's nearby the finish line at the Public Library -- not far from the place Duck Boat tours depart from.
If you like to sample locally brewed beer, be sure to check out Harpoon IPA. They offer daily brewery tours, not far from where you'll be staying.
Enjoy your trip to the Hub.
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