The Charles River
As Wikipedia notes, the Charles River is an 80-mile-long river in eastern Massachusetts. From its source in Hopkinton, it follows a highly meandering route, doubling back on itself several times and traveling through 23 cities and towns before reaching the Atlantic Ocean at Boston.
The Charles River borders Cambridge, with Memorial Drive running along the river's edge from West Cambridge to Harvard Square to Riverside to Cambridgeport to MIT and Kendall Square.
It's wonderful having the Charles River on the edge of Cambridge. Almost every day I walk or drive by the Charles River. It's invigorating to see the rowers on the water. And the sailboats. And the sun sparkling on the crystal blue surface.
You can take a sunset cruise on the Charles from a boat docked at Canal Park behind the Cambridgeside mall.
You can rent a kayak in season in Kendall Square and paddle out on the water.
And every October, you can join thousands of visitors for the Head of the Charles. It is the largest two-day regatta in the world, with 11,000 athletes rowing in over 1,900 boats in 61 events. Wow!
Every weekend in the warmer months, Memorial Drive along the Charles River is closed to cars between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street. This turns this section of the Charles River shore in Cambridge into a walker's paradise. Lovely!
I have a Vespa. It's a true delight to scoot along the Charles River in Cambridge early in the morning without much traffic and the river my constant companion.