I get emails fairly frequently from someone planning a trip to Boston and wondering what their itinerary should include. I feel like a bit of a Boston novice in many ways. Outside of the stuff I regularly do on when I'm in the city, I'm not "in the know" with the latest goings on. My friend Rachael definitely has her finger on the pulse of the new, exciting, and worth checking out things the city has to offer. Add to that, she lives right in Beacon Hill with her husband Joe, and two daughters Lux (who Parker is smitten with) and Joan. So, naturally, I brought her back for a second Boston guide. (Here's her first.)
Here's how I like a trip to be: I want an itinerary that unfurls in front of us as we move. I want to get a spot and dwell there for awhile. Poke into shops, have a coffee, inspect the trees, walk down a pretty street. Adventure-relax-adventure-relax. I don't want to find myself annexed in some random corner of the city that's clearly been abandoned by all but the tourists with nary a cute business in sight. So I've tried to set up these boards to help you plan how do to that for yourself. Four boards focusing on the four major neighborhoods of Boston. Thanks to Pinterest's awesomeness, these boards have a handy map backdrop. So with a little bit of study you can decide which direction to head in and what to focus on. And I've included plenty of green spaces because that's what city travel is often about--moving from green space to green space. Use these as rough outlines for your trip, and I feel confident that everything you encounter on the way will fill in the rest. You can drop in things like a game at Fenway (load of great places to eat over there), a walk around Harvard Square or MIT's campus in Cambridge, perhaps a boat ride out to the Harbor Islands. Restaurant-wise I've barely brushed the surface. I encourage you to check out yelp or Eater for glances at some of the many many great spots to eat in Boston these days. Same with hotels--I don't go into this. There are lots to choose from and it's hard to generalize prices and preferences.
Here are the four boards:
3) South End
// Boston street food app--as you walk around, you can track where all those food trucks are.
// Boston City Pass--a grouped discount ticket to some of the best museums in the city.
// Foursquare List--an extremely extensive list of great places to eat.
// Dear Friend Blog--Anna's photos inspire me in my own city!
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