Old favorites in Boston
MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY, with more than 5,000 trees providing shade for its illustrious (and deceased) inhabitants, is a tranquil oasis. Founded in 1831, this 175-acre National Historic Landmark was the first large-scale green space open to the public in North America. “This place is full of history,’’ said Frank Gadsby of Belmont. “I’ve been coming here to walk for a good 10 years. There’s always people bird-watching bright and early in the morning You can walk or drive along snaking paths to visit the monuments, mausoleums, and chapels. Many of the 97,000 individuals buried here are historic figures, including Mary Baker Eddy, Buckminster Fuller, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Winslow Homer, and Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Tip: Maps are available at the visitors center. Leave pets and picnics at home. 580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, 617-547-7105, www.mountauburn.org