cover

If you want to combine sightseeing with relaxing closer to home, Boston has lots of great places to stay. Its historic neighborhoods are pedestrian friendly, and many of these offer access to some unique sites. Booking a Boston vacation rental lets you get a closer look at pivotal events and experience this city like a true local.

  1. Beacon Hill

    Sunny Chanruangvanich [https://www.shutterstock.com/g/sunnyxplorer]/Shutterstock
    Beacon Hill is a neighborhood in Boston with lots of red brick buildings and cobblestone streets. It also has some of the best places to visit in Boston, including Boston Common, Massachusetts State House and Boston Public Garden, so it’s popular for walking around and sightseeing. Take the Freedom Trail from Boston Common to step through history.

  2. Charlestown

    Roman Babakin [https://www.shutterstock.com/g/romanbabakin]/Shutterstock
    Charlestown used to be its own city before it joined Boston in 1874. It’s home to historic sites such as the U.S.S. Constitution, the Charlestown Navy Yard and Warren Tavern. A bridge quickly takes you into central Boston, so it’s also a convenient place to stay.

  3. Chinatown
    aphotostory/Shutterstock

    Boston’s Chinatown is small, but it’s packed with restaurants, cafes and stores. The Leather District, which is Chinatown’s neighbor, is also a good option for accommodation. It’s filled with converted warehouse lofts, so you can sometimes find some real gems when it comes to vacation rentals.

  4. The South End
    Stephen Orsillo/Shutterstock

    The South End attracts a fashionable crowd, and it’s filled with trendy restaurants and boutiques. However, despite its reputation as the place to be for the upwardly mobile, it still maintains somewhat of a diverse atmosphere, giving it an air of authenticity.

  5. Bay Village
    Jorge Salcedo/Shutterstock

    Bay Village is a good option if you want to stay somewhere central. This small neighborhood is right in the middle of the city and has plenty to see and do on its own, from lively clubs to scenic streets. Because of its location, you can also easily explore other parts of the city on foot.

  6. Back Bay
    Jon Bilous​/Shutterstock

    Back Bay is one of the most popular places in Boston for shopping, with a strip of stores stretching along Newbury Street. It’s also very scenic, with plenty of Victorian homes to go around. The beautiful Boston Public Library is right in the middle of the neighborhood, and you should definitely pay it a visit while you’re in town.

  7. The North End
    Zack Frank​/Shutterstock

    The North End has plenty to offer when it comes to historic sites. The Freedom Trail runs through the neighborhood, passing by sites like Paul Revere House and Old North Church. If you like Italian food, this is a wonderful place to stay; it’s loaded with Italian restaurants and delis.

  8. Harvard Square
    By Yevgenia Gorbulsky​/Shutterstock

    If you want to get a feel for life at Harvard University, stay in or around Harvard Square, or at least visit it for an afternoon. This historic area has lots of book stores, letting you hone your intellectual side. You can also enjoy great food and cool bars or just spend some time people watching for a while.

  9. Jamaica Plain
    By Surabhi Surendra​/Shutterstock

    If you’re looking for a place for some rest and relaxation, give Jamaica Plain a try. This neighborhood is home to Jamaica Pond, a peaceful pool of water in the southwest side of the city. Enjoy an afternoon strolling around the pond and then head over to Samuel Adams Brewery next door in Egleston Square to taste some of the famous brewery’s wares.

  10. Dorchester
    Master1305​/Shutterstock

    Dorchester is huge, so you can find lots of options as far as places to stay are concerned. This diverse and historic area has a lot of character and a thriving nightlife scene. Head over to one of its many Irish pubs or check out Dorchester Brewing Co. for some local microbrewery fare.