Prepare yourselves, Bostonians, the tourists are coming!
Despite what felt like an endless winter, warmer temps and summer vacations are just around the corner. And while Boston has always been a hub for tourism in New England, the summer of 2018 could be our busiest year yet thanks to a recent ranking from the statisticians over at U.S. News & World Report.
Boston tops the annual list of best summer destinations in the country due to our temperate weather (did they forget about the humidity?) and a unique juxtaposition of history and modern innovation. "This wicked smart college town doesn't linger in the past," says U.S. News. "A well-rounded trip to Boston integrates the classic with the contemporary: Split your time between cherished sites like the Paul Revere House and Faneuil Hall and modern attractions like the Museum of Fine Arts."
Famous locations like Fenway Park and the Boston Common continue to attract visitors, but U.S. News urges newcomers to check out our budding brewery scene, unique music & arts culture, and the thriving scientific community for a well-rounded trip to
To determine their rankings, U.S. News rates each destination in a number of different categories including sights, culture, people, food, shopping, family, nightlife, adventure, romance, and accessibility. Seasonality and affordability are also taken into account. You can read more about their ranking methodology here.
Rounding out the Top 5 Best Summer Vacations in the USA are Seaside, Oregon (#2), Steamboat Springs, Colorado (#3), Nashville, TN(#4), and Portland, Oregon (#5).