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Boston may be the largest city in New England, but its city center is remarkably compact and best explored on foot – a good pair of walking shoes and basic navigation skills are all you need to easily get around. You'll spend the majority of your time in the central neighborhoods of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, North End, South End, and Downtown. Another hot spot: Cambridge (home of Harvard), which lies on the opposite side of the Charles River beyond Back Bay.

Boston Neighborhoods

Beacon Hill

Relive the city’s Brahmin glory days with a stroll through this iconic neighborhood’s narrow streets, where window-box-adorned townhouses and gas-lamp-lit brick sidewalks prevail.

Back Bay

Shop till you drop on super-posh Newbury Street, and then spend time enjoying cocktails and fresh seafood at some of Boston’s top tables.

South End

The neighborhood that defines cutting-edge cool in a buttoned-up city is appropriately home to the country’s largest Victorian row-house district.

North End

The sound of televisions broadcasting European football and Italian-language programs spills onto the streets from countless cafés in the city’s Little Italy.

South Boston

Come for the Institute of Contemporary Art, then stay to stroll the streets of one of Boston’s fastest gentrifying neighborhoods. 


New England’s most curious characters gather in Harvard Square, home to the Ivy League university, an ever-present counter-culture, and coffee shops and bookstores galore.


Fenway Park, Kenmore Square (and adjacent, bar-lined Lansdowne St.) and Boston University make this a lively area for nightlife.


From the skyscraper-lined Financial District to the tourist frenzy of Faneuil Hall (not to mention the bargain shopping of Downtown Crossing), this area buzzes with daytrip foot traffic.


Opened up to the rest of the city by the completion of the Big Dig, this historic seaport is home to the New England Aquarium as well as a variety of historic tours and harbor sightseeing cruises.

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