By Carissa Hickok
Harvard. MIT. Celtics. Red Sox. Those are probably the first things that come to mind when anyone mentions Boston but I believe the true gem of Boston in Charles River. The Charles River runs 80 miles through Hopkinton, Cambridge, and Boston among other cities and flowing into the Boston Harbor. On any given day outside of winter, you can expect to see kayaking, rowing, sculling, dragonboating, or sailing on the Charles River. Biking, walking, and jogging are popular along the Charles River as is sunbathing and picnicking on nice warm days. With the MIT campus situated right next to Charles River, the River truly brings the MIT campus to life with its beautiful views.
Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and also its most populated city with a population of around 667,000. Boston has a rich history. Boston was settled by Puritans from England in 1630. During the war for American independence, Boston was the site of several notable events such as the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre.
The best time to visit Boston is May to October when the weather is warm and you can enjoy the great outdoors before winter and snow comes. Though if you are a fan of heavy snow and blizzards, then your best bet is to visit during the winter months of December through March. Brrr!
The greater Boston region is home to some of the most world-renowned universities. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are located in Cambridge. Tuft University is located in Somerville and Medford. Other universities in this area, including Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, and Berklee College of Music, totally over 100 colleges and universities.
When in Boston, attending a professional sports game is a good way to delve into life in New England. The Red Sox play at the famed Fenway Park. The New England Patriots play in Foxborough at Gillette Stadium. The Celtics and Bruins play in TD Gardens. There are also soccer and lacrosse teams.
To get around Boston, you can take the “T”, Boston’s underground subway system as well as the public bus system. The subway tracks 65.5 miles on four lines. Although Boston has the fifth highest public transit usage rate, the city is also particularly pedestrian friendly for a major metropolitan city.
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.