One of America’s oldest cities, Boston’s bounty ranges from Revolutionary War history to cutting-edge culture.

Boston might be best known for its 1773 Tea Party. But today, the city’s harbor hosts three miles of family-friendly attractions, from the Institute of Contemporary Art to the New England Aquarium. Spend an afternoon shopping in Newbury Street’s high-end boutiques and 200-year-old brownstones. Stroll through the world-famous college campuses that cluster in Cambridge. Or simply grab a picnic and kick back in one of the city’s abundant riverside parks.

Things to know before you go

  • Across the Charles River, Boston’s Cambridge neighborhood is home to top colleges Harvard and MIT. Head here to explore Harvard Square, a nexus of independent bookshops and hip restaurants.
  • Baseball fans flock to Red Sox’s stadium Fenway Park, located in downtown Boston, for games between April and October. There are also guided tours of the site, some of which take in batting practice on game days.
  • From Boston, it’s an easy hop to popular summertime getaway Cape Cod. Speedy catamarans ply the 90-minute journey across the waves to Provincetown, one of the world’s best places for whale watching.

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Kathryn Tomasetti

Nice, Italy

Kathryn Tomasetti is an American-born, Italian-raised food and travel journalist. Her voyages to locals-only markets and off-the-beaten-track beaches around the world have appeared in Delicious magazine and National Geographic.