Boston knows how to make people feel welcome. A free ride from the airport and free Charlie card for public transport is a way this city takes your hand and says: Come, let me show you around.
This city that is very much alive. But unlike New York, it breathes a relaxed atmosphere. City's parks, benches and squares are full of people taking their time to enjoy life. And the city has much to offer.
1. History & Architecture
To start with, the city has a refreshing educational approach to history, so don't be surprised if you find monuments accompanied by historical explanations of events and its context. Many critical stances towards own history make it clear that a city of Boston is aware there is more than one story to it. Having Cambridge just around the corner, this probably isn't just a coincidence.
Those who appreciate it will want to explore at least few stops of Boston's the revolutionary tour and background Boston Tea Party and other events that led to American declaration of independence. And while you're at it, take few minutes to experience the New England holocaust memorial. It's an incredible experience that lives a strong impression and gives even more food for thought.
Boston's buildings are something special too. Some were made to reflect the city and others perhaps to create a cubist painting. When it comes to history, culture, food and people, Boston seems to have it all.
Foodies have much to choose from: be it local seafood specialties like clam chowder, creative new American cuisine or Italian cuisine, the food in Boston is great. If you're not sure where to start, Quincy market a great place to try out different local specialties for reasonable prices.
For bigger appetite, restaurant Hillstone has the best tomato soup I ever ate and really great new American dishes that will linger in your mouth and mind still long after you've left Boston.
Seafood lovers will not want to miss delicacies of Atlantic Fish Co. Make sure to reserve a seat and try their awarded clam chowder soup in bread. It was so good I still can't get it out of my mind.
Boston wants its people to enjoy the culture and art, so most of museum are free to access one day a week. If you can only see only one of them, then go for MFA. Their collection is big, great and inspiring. It's free to visit every Wednesday from 16:00 to 22:00, still 6 hours will only be enough to see a small part of what it has to offer.
Harvard and MIT campuses have publically accessible art pieces and exhibitions that are well worth seeing. Plus, from the side of Cambridge you can catch a totally amazing view of the city. And if you're into books (and you took an extra suitcase), visit the Harvard bookstore. The only problem there is you might not want to ever leave.
It's easy to fall in love with Boston, it's welcoming atmosphere and it's deep dive into the culture, art and history. But most of all Boston is a city that cares. Maybe that's why it's so hard to leave it behind.