There are so many things to see and do in “Beantown” but even if you only have a day in Boston, you can still visit most of its major attractions. We were able to do a lot in only 10 hours!
When we decided to go to the Women In Travel Summit, we were excited not only to learn and get to know other bloggers, but also to explore Boston for the first time. The problem, however, was that we didn’t have enough vacation time to get in to Boston early or to stay a few days after the conference. At the time, we were traveling while working a full time job. But we were determined to make the most of my trip to.
WITS activities began at 7pm on Friday and we were able to get a flight that arrived that morning at 11am. We went straight to the hostel we were staying at so we could drop off our backpack and get back to exploring. We asked one of the girls at the front desk if she could recommend a good hop-on / hop-off tour since we had seen a few advertised. She said that Old Town Trolley Tours was the most popular so we walked the few blocks to their office on the corner of Charles St and Boylston St.
A lot of people don’t like these kinds of tours; they say they’re too “touristy.” But we’ve found them to be very convenient and usually the drivers are always funny and pass on a lot of interesting facts that you otherwise would not have learned. So when we’re in a new city, we always try to find these kinds of tours first.
You could easily spend two days in Boston using the hop-on / hop-off trolley tour if you want to take your time and see everything on the route. Since we only had a limited amount of time, we only picked a few attractions that we wanted to stop at. And even though we didn’t get off at every stop, we still learned a little bit about each place from the drivers.
From 12pm to 5pm we used the trolley to make our way around Boston. Almost everything closed at 5pm so there wasn’t much choice there. So if you do have limited time, try to plan accordingly. For example, if it’s 4 o’clock and you have to choose between going to the Boston Tea Party Museum or the Cheers bar, go to the museum first and save the bar for later since they are open longer hours.
On Saturday, we were done with conference activities around 4:30pm so we were back on the streets shortly afterwards. These few hours (from 5pm to 10pm) were mostly dedicated to food and drinks.
We feel like we were able to do quite a bit during our 10 hours of exploring Boston. So don’t get discouraged if you only have a few hours in a new city. Make the most of your time and find a way to get around town quickly and efficiently.
What’s the shortest amount of time you’ve spent in a new place? Were you able to see what you wanted?