It’s Super Bowl 49 weekend and for travelers that means City Bowl 49: an in depth look at the cities that these two surviving teams call home: Seattle and Boston. Which one is better?
Both are great cities to travel to. They offer visitors plenty of sights and culture to soak up and experience. However, just like the big game itself, there can only be one winner, so here’s the head-to-head comparison in five categories.
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Let Super Bowl 49 commence…
Round One: History
Boston is often referred to as the birthplace of the American Revolution. The Boston Tea Party and Battle of Bunker Hill are staple events when learning about American history. After all, the beginnings of the United States of America started there.
The Seattle we know today had its origins in the mid-19th century when settlers expanded the lumber trade to the San Francisco. Early in the 20th century, Seattle experienced its first labor crisis when the city held a general strike that lasted for several days. This event brought national attention to the city and it was then coined a “hotbed of political radicalism (Brief History of Seattle, n.d.).”
Winner: Boston clearly takes the reign in this category.
Round Two: Culture
Boston, and by extension Cambridge, is a well-known intellectual hub. Schools like Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) rank among the world’s best. Boston was also home to some of the country’s most prominent literary artists: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, and Louisa May Alcott, just to name a few. Then there’s the city theater scene, symphonic music, and fine arts collection.
Seattle doesn’t have a Harvard or MIT equivalent but over the past century, it has proven itself as a city that embraces innovation. Companies like Boeing, Microsoft, and Amazon all have their headquarters in Seattle. It also has a proud musical heritage, with numerous clubs in the city hosting live music featuring emerging musicians.
Winner: Tricky category but edge to Boston
Round Three: Sights and Attractions
The majority of Boston’s attractions have ties to the formation of the United States. The Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall, Boston Common, and the USS Constitution are all part of the 2.5-mile route commonly referred to as The Freedom Trail. Then there’s Boston Harbor, the site of the infamous tea party, and Fenway Park, America’s oldest baseball field.
The Space Needle is Seattle’s most recognized attraction followed by Pikes Place Market. Music lovers will find the exhibit halls at Experience Music Project a delight, while aviation enthusiasts will enjoy the planes on display at The Museum of Flight. Finally, who can resist Seattle’s seaside charm? A ferry crossing the Puget Sound provides guests with great views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain rages.
Winner: Seattle by a very close margin
Round Four: Food and Drink
When you think about Boston and food, certain things and places come to mind. All the staples of New England cuisine like lobster, oysters, clams and whatever else makes up an authentic bowl of New England clam chowder are usually the first ones you’ll imagine. Try one at Union Oyster House, the oldest continuing restaurant in the United States, or at Legal Seafood’s Harbor Side location. Then the appetizing aromas of Irish stew from one of the pubs inside Quincy Market or Faneuil Hall follows, ending with a slice of Boston cream pie.
Since one of Seattle’s main attractions is the Pike Place Market, a fish market, there’s no doubt that seafood rule the dining scene. Salmon is the city’s signature fish, followed by halibut and cod. Restaurants like Etta’s and Ray’s Boathouse are household names. Craving anything but seafood? Head over to the International District where you can indulge on the flavors of Asian cuisine. Lastly, let’s not forget Seattle’s most famous contribution: coffee. The original Starbucks still stands at 1st and Pike.
Winner: Seattle takes this one by a hair.
Round Five: The “It” Factor
What makes you want to pack your bags to visit a particular location? Some say that association and intrigue fuels their desire to go and drive. Both cities have invaded our households thanks to television series like Cheers and Frasier. Others would say food. The desire to eat good food has inspired travelers to travel hundreds, even thousands of miles. Ultimately however, it all comes down to location. With the Cascade and Olympic ranges circling the city, Puget Sound, and the shadow of Mt. Rainier in the background, Seattle’s picturesque location triumphs over Boston.
Final Tally: A combination of world-class cuisine, a blend of cultural attractions, and scenic beauty makes Seattle the winner of Super Bowl 49 by a score of 3-2.
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