Why It's Worth It

At first glance, Boston can seem old, stuffy, and stuck in its ways. But in reality, this northeastern city is constantly embracing the new, thanks to its growing population of forward-thinking college students and tech titans. Visitors will still find that colonial charm in spots such as Beacon Hill or the Public Garden, now mixed with innovative urban parks, local-first food halls, and revitalized neighborhoods. —Hannah Sheinberg