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Boston is the capital city of Massachusetts and one with a long history. With a population of around 700,000, it is the largest city in New England. Positioned on the Atlantic coast north of Providence and east of Springfield, Boston is one of the most famous and infamous cities in the country.
While there is a lot of history in Boston, the city is also very forward-looking. The economy include education, law, medicine, engineering and innovation. It is also known for the number and quality of startups.
Corporate housing in Boston is a mix of the new and old. Furnished apartments in purpose-built developments or converted buildings. There are also townhomes and condos too if you prefer.
Boston is rated as one of the top 30 economic powerhouses of the world with the sixth largest economic output in the US. Education is a large part of that but this isn’t a one-trick pony.
Major Boston employers include General Electric, Liberty Mutual, State Street, American Tower, Boston University, John Hancock Life Insurance Co., Liberty Mutual Group Inc., Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, Tufts University, Partners HealthCare, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC, Steward Health Care System, Massachusetts Bay Transport, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc, Amundi Pioneer Asset Management and Aramark Corp.
Health centers in Boston include Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and Boston University School of Medicine.
Flying into Boston will have you landing at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) on the coast just east of the city. It’s a large airport that handles international and domestic carriers and has a MassPort shuttle into the city. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) is also an option but that’s 50 miles away.
Amtrak runs rail services into South Station. Local rail and other carriers use North Station, including Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Downeaster and Cape Flyer.
Buses use South Station with Boltbus, Greyhound, Concord Coach Lines, Go Bus, LimoLiner, Megabus and others running regular services.
MBTA is one of the most comprehensive transit systems in the country and is the easiest to use to get around. With dozens of stations on the subway and light rail, it’s great to use if you don’t want to drive.
Driving into Boston will use either the I-90 The Massachusetts Turnpike, I-93, US-1 and Route 2 and 9. Local routes handle everything else.
The Green Line Trolley is a useful way to get around too.
There is a lot to living in Boston. It’s rich with history and modernity and manages to balance both with ease. There are lots of historical buildings but also lots of new ones. The cultural mix and New England attitude make it a great place to spend time.
Neighborhoods of Boston include Allston, Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown/Leather District, Dorchester, Downtown, East Boston, Fenway Kenmore, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, North End, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, West End and West Roxbury
It’s difficult to do justice to any city as large and as rich in culture as Boston, Massachusetts. We have collected what we think are the top things to do here and they aren’t all about museums and monuments. If you want to get the most out of your time here, these are the places to go.
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile tour that takes in 16 sites of historical significance. We suggest taking a guided tour, although you’ll have to forgive the costumes. If that doesn’t appeal, you can download a map and follow your own route, which is fun too.
South End used to be a no-go area until the creative crowd moved in. Things improved rapidly and the area is now a lively, fun place full of cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques. It’s a trendy, arty district with a lot going on. It isn’t as bohemian as it once was, but it still has a lot to offer.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, or ICA, is a fabulously outrageous building that is talked about as much for how it looks as to what treasures it contains. The museum is unashamedly modern which is reflected in the exhibitions and galleries contained within. Overlooking Boston Harbor, this is something everyone has to see.
The Boston Public Garden is a fascinating stop in your tour of Boston. It is America’s first public garden, home to over 600 types of tree and regionally-famous swan boats. It’s a great place to spend a spring day as flowers come into bloom and the weather clears up. It’s also an oasis in the city and gets busy during the workday.
Fenway Park is the oldest baseball park in the country. It’s small, seats are close to the action and the entire stadium gives you a glimpse of how the game used to be. Located downtown, it’s easy to get to, although tickets can be hard to get. Book early if you want to see a game.
The Boston Public Library in Copley Square is America’s first public library and home to hundreds of thousands of documents, maps and books. The architecture of the two buildings that make up the library is fascinating and the courtyard is a very peaceful place to spend an hour of your time.
Beacon Hill allows you to travel back in time to how our country used to be. It’s full of red brick buildings, cobbled streets, gas lamps and history. It is exactly how you imagine it to be, with Acorn Street being one of the prettiest areas of the entire city. Make your way to Charles Street for some of the best dining and shopping in town.