The largest city in New England, Boston is one of the region's most historic and lively parts. The city itself feels like a big small town. With over a dozen diverse neighborhoods, you're bound to find something to suit your taste no matter where you are.
While the temperature isn't the most welcoming, winter in Boston has a special charm - much like the rest of the Northeast. Decorative wreaths and seasonal treats will make you feel at home while you explore this bustling city.
Boston is extremely walkable - although the city also has a metro (called the "T") and a comprehensive bus system. But exploring by foot gives you the freedom to wander into any nook and cranny you want.
Back Bay is an upscale area of Boston. The neighborhood is marked by beautiful brownstone apartments and fine shops.
If you're in the area, you can't miss a stroll down Newbery Street. An adorable row of shops and eateries that makes you feel like there's no way you're not in a bustling city.
No trip to Boston would be complete without dedicating some time to appreciate the historic significance that lies within. The best way to do this is by walking The Freedom Trail - a 2.5 mile self walking tour that takes you through downtown. Along the way you'll see 16 historical sites, including the Old State House, Faneuil Hall (and the delicious Quincy Market), and Paul Revere's House.
The trail itself is marked by a solid red-brown brick line and technically starts at Boston Commons, although you can really start and end anywhere along the way.
If you do start at Boston Commons, don't forget to stroll around the entire Public Gardens area. You'll come across George Washington's statue and a local ice skating rink (in the winter season, of course).
If you have more time to spare, don't miss the city's other great spots, such as the Prudential Center (and Skywalk Observatory), Sam Adams Brewery, Fenway Park (if you're a Red Sox fan) - to name a few!