Cambridge, MA, USA

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Cambridge, MA, USA

Cambridge vacation rentals

A cultural city break in a classic college town

Cambridge, Massachusetts isn’t just any old college town. The seats of learning here are among the most prestigious on the planet: Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT. As you might expect, the presence of these venerable temples of learning casts a spell on these parts, and there’s plenty of cultural and artistic attractions to get stuck into. Not to mention lively nightspots and plenty of laid-back eateries to explore. Cambridge vacation rentals, which include bright, airy homes and smartly appointed apartments, will let you become a part of the community for as long as you want.

Exploring the different sides of Cambridge

After settling into your Cambridge vacation rental, you can pay a visit to what is arguably the most famous aspect of the city: Harvard University. There are frequent student-led walking tours available, which will take you through Harvard Yard – the oldest part of the campus – and other historic areas. Then, you can see the more rugged, bohemian, flip-side of the city in Central Square, with its vivid street art and independent shops. Alternatively, you can while away a sunny afternoon by kayaking along the tranquil Charles River, or taking a wander along the riverside paths.

Marvelous museums in Cambridge

As you might expect from a place that attracts some of the brightest minds in the world, there are a number of fascinating cultural attractions to be found near Cambridge vacation rentals. The Harvard Art Museums consist of the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Shackler Museum, and feature masterpieces from almost every conceivable place and era. Italian Renaissance sculptures, ravishing Pre-Raphaelite paintings, and colorful French Impressionist works, not to mention Chinese bronzes and Korean ceramics, are all on show. The Harvard Museum of Natural History is another major draw, with its prehistoric fossils, mounted animals, and unique collection of intricate glass flowers which defy belief.

Summer and fall sightseeing in Cambridge

Given the sheer number of attractions in Cambridge, there’s no bad time to pay the area a visit. Just wrap up warm if you’re heading here in the winter. That said, there’s no denying the area really comes alive in the summer, when the parks host music and dance performances, and events like the Cambridge Arts River Festival bring everyone together. The mild fall weather also lends itself to exploring on foot and seeing the wider area.

Natural spaces in Cambridge

The Charles River and its surrounding greenery is a draw for nature lovers in Cambridge. One such oasis by the flowing waters is John F. Kennedy Park, which also features memorials to the fallen president. Meanwhile, over in Cambridge Common, you can wander over 16 acres of parkland, which offer a serene counterpoint to the urban areas. You can also seek out the reputed location of the Washington Elm – the tree under which George Washington was said to have taken command of the Continental Army.