Boston is a great place for a weekend away or even a longer vacation. Boston is the 21st largest city in the United States. It's a small city by area, but one of the most populated in the country.
Still, it has a great reputation for being easy to get around, clean, and safe. Summers can get quite hot in Boston and winters bring a good deal of snow. So visit in spring and fall for more moderate walking weather. Boston is a beautiful coastal city with the picturesque Charles River running through it, dividing the city proper from Cambridge. One of the most remarkable things about Boston is the number of universities and colleges it houses -- over 100 - including Boston University and Northeastern University in Boston proper, and Harvard and MIT just outside the city, in Cambridge. With over 250,000 college students who call Boston home, it's not surprising the city has a reputation as a young, innovative, progressive town. Boston is known as the birthplace of the Revolutionary War and there are key historical sites to visit dating back to the Revolution. There are old music venues that saw the birth of punk rock music, Michelin-starred restaurants, and historic pubs. There are significant museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Gardner Museum and Museum of Science. And of course, no trip to Boston would be complete without checking out Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox! Boston has a lot of diverse characteristics that make it a great spot for vacationers with varied interests from foodies to sports fans to music and history buffs.