Maisie Crow for The Boston Globe
When you're new to a city, it's easy to settle into familiar haunts -- to never venture far. But I found this summer that one of the best ways to see Boston from end to end is simply to hop on the bus. Specifically, the #1 bus, which will take you all the way down Massachusetts Avenue from Harvard in Cambridge to Roxbury, one of the city's poorest -- but also most diverse -- neighborhoods.It's not all of Boston, but it takes less than an hour, and it's a start. You'll see some of the colleges, like Harvard and MIT (both, of course, in Cambridge), the Berklee School of Music, and Northeastern. You'll see Symphony Center and the cobblestones of Back Bay. You'll go over the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, where the Charles River bursts open to reveal the skyline. You'll pass a smattering of eateries that hint at Boston's diversity: Irish pubs, contemporary hot-spots, pizza parlors and burger joints, Korean and Indian and Thai.
photo essay Scenes from the No. 1 bus