Mary Steele is an avid cruiser and writer hailing from the Port of Boston. She primarily covers cruise port destinations and helps her readers decide what to see, what to do, and best of all – what to avoid.

Whether you are looking for a cosmopolitan destination, or a city rich in history, you can find both in Boston. With its cobblestone streets, historic buildings and gas-lit lamps, it evokes the feeling of the Old World. But, mirrored against those historic buildings are sleek, shiny skyscrapers making Boston a top travel destination.

Boston is truly a world-class city with something for everyone: couples, singles, and families can all revel in what it offers.

The city is divided into distinct neighborhoods, each with its own flair and charm. The North End of Boston is Little Italy. Here you will hear Italian spoken in the streets, as well as find neighborhood shops selling Italian delicacies, pastries and pizza.

The Back Bay, which was named such after the Bay was literally filled in, is the most affluent section of the city housing the most exclusive antiques stores and clothing shops – not to mention the finest restaurants. Residential housing in this area consists of tony brownstone buildings, some of which have a view of the Hatch Shell, where the Fourth of July is celebrated by The Boston Pops Orchestra in their annual outdoor concert. Outdoor cafes abound in the summer, ideal for sipping wine and people-watching.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace has been a historical meeting spot for well over 250 years. Sporting outdoor pushcart vendors in the summer, two food courts and lots of bars, restaurants and specialty shops, it’s the place to spend a leisurely summer afternoon. Have an ice cream as you watch the local street performers.

A couple of blocks will bring you to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The Seaport District is a newly revitalized area that serves as a docking point for cruise ships arriving and departing Boston. New hotels dot the areas surrounding Boston’s world-class aquarium. There’s even a lush, 15-acre greenway running through the city that makes you feel a little more like you are in the country rather than downtown.

If you are here for a weekend, walk the Freedom Trail, which takes you past Boston Common, America’s oldest public park; the Granary Burying Ground, which houses the remains of such notable American figures of Paul Revere and Samuel Adams; and the site of the Boston Massacre dating back to 1770 between British soldiers and early colonists.

Or how about a cruise down the Charles River, which separates Boston from Cambridge? Cambridge is the intellectual epicenter of the state, housing the likes of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the fall, take a foliage tour complete with a stop for apple-picking. Or perhaps a fine dining and theater experience.

But if it is sports you want, the city has you covered. Bostonian love and embrace all kinds of sports – including baseball, football, and basketball.

In Boston, there’s something for everyone. You just have to know where to look.

Featured Image: Aerial View of Boston (Shutterstock.com)

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How To Get There: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is approximately two miles from downtown Boston, and is serviced by over 40 domestic and international airline carriers such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. The cheapest way to get downtown is by using Silver Line Route SL1 (this is free), or the Blue Line subway. Information regarding area transportation is available here.
Best Time To Visit: The peak tourist season in Boston is between April and November, when the weather is warmer and visitors won’t have to deal with New England weather. And Boston being a large college town, late May and June are also busy with graduations. The slowest time of year to visit, and also the cheapest in terms of savings on airfare and hotels, are January to March, but then you’d have deal with the potentially unpredictable weather.

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