In just three short days, the city of Boston completely won our hearts - and stomachs. With it’s rich history, unique neighborhoods, and flower-filled parks, we were instantly mesmerized by everything Boston had to offer.
If you’re planning a quick trip to Boston, check out our guide to exploring the city in three days.
What to see:
Boston Public Gardens
The Public Garden sits in the heart of Boston, surrounded by beautiful brownstone buildings and tall high-rise buildings. Upon entering the park you’ll be greeted by flowers galore, musicians serenading the passing tourists, and the friendliest squirrels you’ll ever meet. Our tip: bring some nuts and be entertained for hours!
Boston Harbor is undoubtedly one of the busiest spots in Boston, but it’s easy to see why. It’s home to the amazing New England Aquarium, infamous Quincy Market, Rose Kennedy Greenway and many more beautiful sights that will knock your socks off!
The most memorable part of Boston was exploring the architectural heaven of Beacon Hill during our walking tour with HI Boston. Strolling along the cobblestone streets, we fell in love with every single uniquely beautiful building we passed! This ivy-covered building was definitely my favorite place in all of Beacon Hill and made for some amazing photos!
Back Bay is a trendy neighborhood of Boston lining the Charles River and just a short walk from the Public Gardens. Famous for its Victorian brownstone lined streets and high-end shopping, Back Bay is nothing short of impressive. We could have spent hours upon hours getting lost among the streets - each one seemingly more beautiful than the last!
With over 36 international food vendors, it’s pretty clear why I loved Quincy Market! The historical halls were lined with tourists checking out the incredible-smelling food shops. My personal favorites were the Clam Chowder Bowls and Mac N’ Cheese Shop, so if you make it to Quincy Market, make sure to give them a try... you won't be disappointed!
The Charles River itself is breathtaking, but our favorite part was the Esplanade, a stunning riverside path with some of the prettiest views in all of Boston. We walked along the Esplanade until we reached Longfellow Bridge where we could watch the sailboats racing across the river beneath us - a sight almost as breathtaking as the city skyline behind us!
Where to stay:
As backpackers, our overall aim is to travel light and without completely draining our bank account, so hostels are literally the only way to go if you’re budget travelers like us!
For our two nights in the stunning city of Boston, we stayed with an AH-MAZING hostel, HI Boston. HI Boston is part of HI USA, a national nonprofit with hostels all across the USA, and was the perfect place to stay for our short (but very, very sweet) stay in Boston. It’s industrial-style lounge and super chill vibes were a huge breath of fresh air after our never-ending 7 hour drive, so we took it all in and made the most of our two nights! Located between Chinatown and the Theatre District (and just a hop, skip and a step from the Boston Public Gardens), we unpacked, got tips from the staff, and set out to explore the city.
HI Boston is not only inexpensive, but is hands down the best way to meet other travelers from all over the globe. Besides the cool vibes and friendly people, our favorite part of HI Boston was without a doubt the activities.. And guys, these are all FREE. Nothing gets my blood pumping more than free city tours! Our tour guide Joel took 15 of us HI Boston’ers for a scenic walk among the ivy-covered brownstones of Beacon Hill, which turned out to be photography heaven! While I snapped photos of everything humanly possible, Joel told us all about the rich history of the area and tested us with trivia questions along the way! I could not recommend it more highly, so if you’re planning a Boston trip, make sure to check out everything HI Boston has to offer!