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Boston At-A-Glance: Exploring the city in 13 hours

The day I got my wings as a flight attendant was one of the proudest moments of my life. That moment symbolized why weeks and weeks of studying, sleepless nights and countless exams were all worth it. It also meant that soon I would metaphorically and literally have the world at my fingertips. Free flights to London? Paris? Tahiti?! Hello, best job ever.


While this is all still true and very, very possible, I have yet to land my first international flight (*sigh*). HOWEVER, I remain grateful. That’s because in just one short month I’ve gotten to visit some of the coolest cities across the states. The one that has especially captured my heart is good ol’ Boston. I have to say that it’s, hands down, one of my favorite cities in the U.S. Although I have only had two short layovers in Boston, I am absolutely obsessed with what I have gotten to see of it so far. Snow storms in the winter? BRING. IT. ON. I think it is well worth what the city offers in exchange. I decided to write about the city because I know many of you are looking to take that “me”-cation somewhere fun. Even though I haven’t spent a lot of time in Boston, here’s why I think you should save up for it and check out little ol’ Beantown. 1. *Cue scenes straight out of your favorite Rom-Com movie* While I didn’t have much time to appreciate the adorable brick and cobble homes on nearly every corner, I suggest you take the time to visit places like Acron Street. Especially for you aspiring social media influencers, this little area is the perfect place for you to pull out that camera and snap those insta-worthy photos. Even if you’re not a big social media person, some of the neighborhoods in Boston are definite must-sees. Especially if you’re not from the East Coast, I can honestly say that as a SoCal girl, rarely will you find the aesthetic beauty of homes like these in places like LA or San Francisco. Every city has its own personality, and Boston’s is one you should not miss. I would also suggest checking out Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Back Bay, Cambridge and Harvard Square. 2. Quincy Market a.k.a A Foodie’s Paradise Oh. My. Gosh. was my mind BLOWN when I took a trip down to Quincy Market. They have every type of food you could ever imagine. From Greek food, to Mexican; every ice cream flavor you can think of to the juiciest most gigantic hot dogs you’ll have in your life. Quincy Market is where you need to be if you’re food-obsessed like me. 3. Hello Insta-worthy views If you’re like me and always looking to check out the most insta-worthy parts of a destination, then you’ll have to take a trip down to Newbury Street. I was lucky enough to have a friend visit when I had my layover in Boston, and my dear friend spent the day showing me all of what Newbury Street had to offer. We had dinner at ​Earl’s​ where we had the best mojitos, then took a drive down Back Bay were I soaked in the most breathtaking view of all the little shops and restaurants


within walking distance of the bay. Although I got to see Newbury Street at night, I’d highly recommend checking it out earlier in the day. A good ol’ google search will show you the views you’d be missing if you don’t take a stroll down there bright and early. 4. Boston, you got what I need As someone that has lived in a plethora of places - from big cities to really small ones - I’d have to say that Boston has a good balance of almost everything you’d need if you ever decide to settle there. I’m a crazed SoulCycle fan, and was happy to find that a studio was just a quick Uber drive away from my hotel. Even taking a drive to see a few of my friends in the city was effortless. As someone who currently lives in San Francisco and finds that it’s a trek and sometimes nearly impossible to get anywhere in the city, I was relieved to find how easy it was to get around in Boston. If you’re a busy bee who likes to run a million errands a day like me, maybe a city like Boston will serve you (and me) better. I know that I’ve even contemplated the thought of living there some day because I genuinely appreciate the vibe of a big city that isn’t too crowded. It’s the perfect medium. 5. Why drive when you can walk I’m a huge fan of walking to destinations. Whether that means to SoulCycle or to grab a cup of coffee. That is one thing I don’t miss about home. You always have to drive wherever you need to go in Orange County. I have also enjoyed that I can walk to almost anywhere I need to go to in San Francisco, too. Similarly, I found that everything you need is nearly within walking distance in Boston. Technically, you don’t even really need a car. I’ve been told that public transportation is top notch there, so I like how Boston is almost like a mini New York. Again, the city isn’t overwhelming and overcrowded, it has just the right amount of big city “chaos.” 6. It’s a tourist’s heaven So this is the meat and potatoes of today’s blog. Maybe you’re not looking to settle here, you’re just curious and want to take a quick trip to Boston. Well fret not, because there is SO MUCH TO DO. Again, visit those aesthetically appealing locations. They truly are a sight worth seeing, especially in Spring. Here are a few pictures from my last visit. I could not get over the architecture, the bay, the skyrises - I obsessed over everything in my view. I didn’t get the chance to see it, but I’ve been told that Fenway Park is a must see. If you’re more of an artsy, outdoorsy type like me, here’s a list of a few spots you should prioritize on your list of things to do in Boston:


1. Faneuil Hall Marketplace (this is also where you can find Quincy Market) 2. Museum of Fine Arts 3. Harvard University 4. Boston Common 5. Boston Harbor 6. Beacon Hill 7. Old North Church 8. Harvard Museum of Natural History 9. Newbury Street 10. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

I look forward to hearing the details of your next trip to Boston! Let me know if you end up loving it as much as I did!

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Vanessa Dillon: Boston At-A-Glance- How to see the city in 13 hours  

Vanessa Dillon loves to travel! As a former flight attendant, Vanessa Dillon is an expert on travel and how to explore a city in a small amo...

Vanessa Dillon: Boston At-A-Glance- How to see the city in 13 hours  

Vanessa Dillon loves to travel! As a former flight attendant, Vanessa Dillon is an expert on travel and how to explore a city in a small amo...

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