Hello Boston TA! I am trying to help a father/son that plan on doing a college tour in the eastern region this spring break, approximate March 14-23. One of the colleges on the list is MIT. He has heard that Boston is a bit difficult to drive around, so they are hoping to just fly into Boston and use public transport. He has contacted a travel agent, but I doubt the Alaskan travel agent has the expertise that folks on Tripadvisor has and would love some of your advice. I did read your top questions, but would love your recommendations on the best/easiest way to get to the region around MIT - as well as hotel and restaurant recommendations. I am hoping springbreak shouldn't be too busy, but you never know - looking for hotels in the $100-150 price range if that is a possibility - don't need luxury, but clean is top priority.
Also, the next college on the list is in New York - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy - would it be best to fly to that area, or would it be possible to travel there via train? I have also done quite a bit of searching on the Amtrak website, but not sure which would be the best idea. They wouldn't mind renting a car - driving on winter roads are not an issue, but avoiding intense city driving would be preferred.
Thanks for any help or advise you can provide. :)