About Vincent M
Lives in Kathmandu, Nepal
Since Oct 2014
18-24 year old male
I grew up in Boston and took my first oversees trip when I was 20. Since then I have been hooked, traveling around Europe on two seperate trips and working for an international tour operator. For the last year+ I have been pursuing a career as a photo journaĺist in Asia - much of that has been spent around Kathmandu where I fell in love with the culture, food, and people of the ever-growing city. I am a vegetarian foodie, a ĺover of all outdoor sports and few things please me more than exploring and being challenged. www.vinnymo.co
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Historic Walking Areas
Jogging Paths & Tracks, Parks
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Kayaking & Canoeing, Gear Rentals, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Islands, National Parks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Boston's bike-sharing program has stations are all over the city, making it easy and affordable to explore on two wheels. While primarily a 'local' mode of transit, selling monthly and annual memberships, Hubway also offers 24- and 72-hour passes that allow you to take as many rides as you like within your given period of time. Boston is small enough that you can easily cover a large part of the city in a single day of riding. And with Hubway, you can ride to one destination, drop off your bike at a nearby station, and then pick up another one later – without the hassle of figuring out where and how to lock up your wheels in between.
Less than 10 miles north of the city, you can access the Middlesex Fells Reservation from either Medford or Malden (both Boston suburbs). Within the reservation, you will find some easy hiking trails that lead up to a panoramic view of the city. It's a bit challenging to reach the Fells via public transportation, but the lush escape is well worth the trek. The chances of seeing other people is slim and if you do they will likely be locals.
So you are in the city but fancy seeing some greenery, and maybe finding some peace and quiet? Historic and stunning, Boston Common is just the place for you. Established by the Puritans in 1634, the Common is the nation's original public park, and its nearly 50 acres are an inviting respite from the chaos of the city. Here you'll find plenty of green grass to set up a picnic, settle down and read, or toss around a frisbee for a while.
You can't come to Boston without experiencing some history. The 2.5-mile Freedom Trail will guide you through the city and into Charlestown, passing 16 major historic sites – from Paul Revere's house to Bunker Hill – along the way. The good thing about this is that Charlestown is a great, and very local, place to spend some time, making it a good introduction to the area.
Stretching roughly 3 miles from the Museum of Science to the BU Bridge, the Charles River Esplanade offers some of the best Boston views to be had from the ground. You’ll walk along a notoriously busy area of Storrow Drive, but it somehow feels serene, especially as you pass the Hatch Shell, where the Boston Pops play on the 4th of July each year. Playgrounds, marshes, and public art installations dot the area, and Cambridge sits in splendor across the water.
Stretching over 7,000 acres and encompassing a chain of 22 hills, Blue Hills Reservation is a peaceful oasis where you can take in some fresh air, get a couple hours of exercise, and enjoy some nature. At just over 600 feet, the highest hill in the chain, Great Blue Hill offers impressive views of the Boston skyline.
While getting out on the water is great physical exercise, it's just as much a good work-out for your eyes – from your post on the Charles, you'll get a unique perspective on the city. Charles River Canoe & Kayak rents canoes, stand-up paddle boards, and a variety of kayaks (including special ones for kids). Since the company has four locations, it also offers one-way rentals, meaning you could pick up your vessel in Allston/Brighton and drop it off in Cambridge – a 5-mile trip that passes Harvard, the Hancock Building, MIT, the Hatch Shell, and more.
The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreational Area made it onto this list in part because it's so easy to access from the city, but also because it offers such a multitude of options for spending your day(s) around the islands. From beaches and fishing to hiking and historic forts, these 12 islands offer a little something for every interest. And the ferry out provides stunning views of the harbor, to boot!
Boston's most famous shopping street, Newbury Street is probably the busiest place on this list, but it's still fun for a day of urban outdoors. Here you'll find shopping, food, and fro-yo, plus coffee, book shops, and a healthy mix of locals and tourists interacting. It's easy to spend a couple of hours ambling and people-watching, so take your time and check out some local shops, before going on to explore some of the surrounding streets which feature great examples of Boston's famed brownstone buildings.