The Charles River in winter.
Photo courtesy of former
intern Hannah Perry.
Boston is one of the most spectacular, livable, and enjoyable cities in America, in addition to being the medical capital of the country. It is the type of city that offers something for all interests at a very high level. For those who enjoy cultural pursuits there is the wonderful Museum of Fine Arts, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Symphony Hall, and a multitude of small and large music venues. If you enjoy urban exploration, there are a variety of unique and eclectic neighborhoods to meander around, including the North End with its Italian delights, the South End with its upscale art galleries and incredible food scene, and Faneuil Hall with its historical and shopping landmarks. You can walk the “Freedom Trail” and experience Boston in the times of the Revolutionary War. Boston is split by the Charles River, one of the best running and walking venues in a major American city, as well as having several rowing and sailing clubs with open membership.
Boston is also a truly livable city. It boasts one of the best public transit systems in the country which locals refer to as the "T." The train system definitely makes it possible to enjoy city life without a car. The commuter rail system also makes it possible to venture out of the city as far as the North Shore, South Shore, and Central suburbs. Residents at BIDMC live within the city, as well as the surrounding cities and towns including Brookline, Brighton, and Cambridge.
Another plus about living in Boston is being so close to so many other wonderful places in New England. Two hours north of Boston are the White Mountains in New Hampshire where you can enjoy hiking, skiing, canoeing, and a variety of other outdoor activities. Forty minutes north or south of Boston are more beaches than you'll have time to explore! In addition, the rural landscape of central Massachusetts is the perfect setting for admiring fall foliage and partaking in annual New England activities like apple picking and hay rides.