Small and walkable, Boston is jam-packed with centuries-old landmarks, gorgeous parks, world-class universities, and some of America’s best restaurants.
Wherever you’re headed after your flight to Boston lands, you’ll find each neighborhood in the compact city has a unique appeal—wealthy Back Bay, trendy South End, historic Beacon Hill—while Cambridge, just across the exquisite Charles River, has a thriving cultural and culinary scene all its own. At the heart of the city are baseball’s Boston Red Sox and their iconic Fenway Park stadium.
Exploring Boston is best on foot. Stroll along the Freedom Trail, visiting the Old State House Museum for a taste of American history (its impressive collection includes tea from the Boston Tea Party); explore the Greenway with its new public parks; and walk the leafy banks of the Charles River.
Boston is brimming with impressive cultural attractions that you won’t want to miss. It boasts many museums, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which looks like a 15th-century Venetian palace but has a brand new wing designed in uber-modern style by Renzo Piano. The Institute of Contemporary Art is another architectural triumph, dominating the waterfront with its dramatic glass walls and outdoor deck.
Sightseeing in Boston certainly is rewarding, and it can build up an appetite. The city has an exciting culinary scene that's constantly evolving; celebrity chefs like Barbara Lynch have opened chic restaurants across the city. Boston's traditional roots are still strong, though, and staples like New England clam chowder, Boston cream pie, and oysters are all widely available.