With a historic New England charm, Boston is the largest city in Massachusetts. Neighborhoods such as Brookline, Quincy, and Jamaica Plain feel like independent small towns. Downtown Boston provides a bigger city feel due to the Financial District, and the area of Back Bay provides shopping on Newbury and Boylston Street. People tend to move to Back Bay and Beacon Hill, new luxury apartments in the South End, and student-priced housing in Allston-Brighton. No matter where you are, you'll be close to history, the sea, and the rest of the city.
Getting around Boston by foot or bike is easy, at least when there's not a foot of snow. Due to the historic street layout and the high number of pedestrians, driving is a bit stressful. If you don't want to walk, you can hop on one of the subways or buses running throughout the city. However, most services stop running around midnight.
Boston has four distinct seasons with cold, snowy winters and warm, humid summers. The temperature rarely gets above 85º F in the summer, so not all apartments have air conditioning. The city gets an average of four feet of snow each year.
Top sights and attractions
Located in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood near Beacon Street and the Charles River, Fenway Park is home to the Major League Baseball team the Red Sox. Built in 1912, it's the oldest MLB stadium in the country and a great place to cheer on the team with hometown fans.