Looking for short day trips from Boston? You’re in the right place.

Boston is the London of America: it’s politically important and culturally significant with an academic vibe that borders on artsy.

Whether you’re moving to the area, or have an extra day in the city, everything in New England is so close together it’s possible to take some really great adventures out of Boston.

Here are my favorites from when I lived in New England during college.

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Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts

Miles from Boston: Lexington 15, Concord 20

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Both towns are significant to American political history in that many key events during our fight to secure independence from Great Britain occurred in these once sleepy little towns.

Lexington even has the honor of being the “official” birthplace of the Revolutionary War, as the famous shot heard ’round the world was allegedly fired on Lexington Green…although there’s some fun debate as to whether or not that’s true.

You’ll have to visit and decide for yourself!

Salem, Massachusetts

Miles from Boston: 25 

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Salem is spooky all year round! While most people choose to visit Salem during October, the history of the Witch Trials, as well as the maritime history, is worth a visit no matter the season.

I was pleasantly surprised by just how quaint and relaxing this seaside town is.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Miles from Boston: 70ish, depending on the town you visit.

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Cape Cod (locally pronounced as Cape Cahd) is a great place to go for the seaside, quaint cabins in the woods, and cranberry bogs. It’s also where the Kennedy family compound is, so if you’re one of the brave souls who is willing to socialize with them, see if you can score an invite to one of their bonfires.

My friends and I stopped by a nearby beach to get a look at the house, but when I called my mom about it, she about came through the phone to set me straight. “Don’t you ever get into any sort of transportation with a Kennedy boy, Emily. It’ll be the last thing you do.”

Moms. Always looking out for you.

Western Mass

Miles from Boston: 90ish, depending on the town you visit.

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Step aside Boston, Western Mass is the true educational hub of Massachusetts.

Yes, it’s where I went to college, so I am extremely biased, but the number of things to do in the area still make it worth the trip. Emily Dickinson grew up in Amherst, so you can visit her house, and if you like to relive the simpler days of your childhood, the Eric Carle Museum is for you.

The five colleges in the area (Mount Holyoke, Smith, Amherst, Hampshire, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst) also usually have a full calendar of academic and cultural events to choose from.

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Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

Miles from Boston: 60

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I’m a sucker for historic houses. When studying history, we learn so much about politics, war, geography, and the like that it’s just so refreshing for me to just be in a home.

I LOVE seeing how people’s day to day lives were. How they ate. What they wore. How they did their laundry. What kinds of toys the kids had. I feel like visiting historic houses humanizes the past, so Sturbridge Village was a dream come true for me because as the name suggests, it’s not just a historic house, but an entire village dedicated to 1830’s New England.

Plymouth, Massachusetts

Miles from Boston: 40

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Seeing Plymouth Rock is actually anticlimactic AF, givin that’s tiny and I’m pretty sure the rock on display isn’t actually the rock the pilgrims landed on, nor in the same vicinity at all, but oh well.

It’s still cool to see the town of Plimouth Plantation, a living history museum where you can learn about the early days of American Colonialism and the Native Americans who lived in the area before the English arrived.

Newport, Rhode Island

Miles from Boston: 72

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Newport is one of the best short day trips from Boston to take because of its famous Gilded Age mansions. Early buisness magnates like the Vanderbilts vanderbuilt (lols) palatial homes on the Atlantic seashore that are the ultimate #HouseHunterGoals.

It’s easy to spend a day exploring and envisioning yourself as a member of the elite.

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Watch Hill, Rhode Island

Miles from Boston: 98

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While the Robber Barons hid out in Newport, Watch Hill, Rhode Island is where the modern day rich and famous go for a little seaside fun. Most notably, this quaint seaside village is home to country superstar Taylor Swift’s summer cottage.

And by cottage, I mean multi-million dollar mansion. It’s where she hosts her annual star-studded 4th of July party, so if you’re keen to meet a celebrity, that’s a good time to pop down.

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Portland and Freeport, Maine

Miles from Boston: Portland 112 / Freeport 123

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Quintessential Maine: LL Bean Boots, lobster, and lighthouses. All things that are very easy to come by in Portland and Freeport.

Maine is one of the best short day trips from Boston to take because where else can you pose with a giant boot AND eat fresh lobster all in the same day? As you’re sitting on the waterfront with new Bean Boots on your feet, and lobster butter on your fingers, the state’s tourism slogan will never feel truer.

Maine: the way life should be.

Mystic, Connecticut

Miles from Boston: 100

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I tend to travel to places because Julia Roberts once ate pizza there.

For example, I ate at the Pizzeria di Michele in Naples, Italy because of Eat, Pray, Love and Mystic Pizza in Mystic, Connecticut…for the movie, you guessed it, Mystic Pizza.

Be sure to watch the 1988 coming-of-age classic before heading down for your day of fun. The Mystic Aquarium even has Beluga Whales — making it one of the best short day trips from Boston.

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The best things about Mount Holyoke?

Here’s a comprehensive list:

  • everything.

Just kidding! Only not really. When I applied to Mount Holyoke in the fall of 2010, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

To quote Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, “I shall cherish my visit here in memory for as long as I live.”

25 of the Best Things about Mount Holyoke:

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Laurel Fellowships.

The Laurel Fellowship program is the reason that I got to study abroad! I can never thank Mount Holyoke enough for giving my the opportunity to study classics in Rome. Basically, if you receive financial aid from Mount Holyoke, the school will also give you assistance to fund a study abroad program.

It’s like Moho buys you a gift card to another store, but I couldn’t be more thankful for the program! It’s one of the best things about Mount Holyoke and reasons I chose to attend in the first place.

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Mountain Day.

One day between convocation and the start of fall break, the Mount Holyoke President wakes up and declares Mountain Day! All on campus classes and commitments before 5:00PM are canceled and students can either sleep in, or make the trek to nearby Skinner Mountain to climb to the top for free ice cream and hats.

5 College Consortium.

I never took a class off campus because I’m a firm believer in keeping your nap to class travel ratio firmly under seven minutes, but many of my friends took advantage of Mount Holyoke’s partnership with nearby Smith College, Hampshire College, Amherst College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Moho’s can not only take classes at these other schools, but also participate in extracurricular activities.


You’re a wee firstie at Mount Holyoke. You wake up, open your door to the bathroom, only to be trapped in your room by a sheet a wrapping paper covering your doorway. You break through it, only to find the hallway in front of your room to be filled with candy, perfumes, magazines, and more!

That’s Elfing. A sophomore student goes out of their way to be a “secret sibling” to a first year for a week, then they link up and become besties at the end of it.

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The Awesome Alum Community

Did you know that Mount Holyoke affected your life moments after you were born? It’s like all of us were destined to go here. That’s because Doctor Virginia Apgar (MHC class of 1929 represent) designed the widely-used Apgar score to determine the health of a newborn baby.

Can you credit Cinderella from The Cheetah Girls with your elementary school feminist awakening? Then shout out to Debra Martin Chase, MHC Class of 1977.

Are you looking forward to collecting you well-earned Social Security? Pour one out for Frances Perkins, the woman behind the New Deal.

The Frances Perkins Program.

From the Mount Holyoke Website (citation cause MHC made sure I knew that PLAGIARISM AIN’T NO JOKE):

The Frances Perkins Program is open to and designed for women 25 years and older who have experienced an interruption in their education, but who now seek the intellectual challenge of completing their 4-year degree at a top liberal arts institution. Veterans, active military,  and women who are under 25 with dependents are also eligible to apply.

Known affectionately on campus as “FPs,” these students were always great to be in class with because of their unique perspectives on academics and life in general.

Dressing up for Convocation.

I missed my first convocation because I was a spring admit, but the next year I went as Pikachu, then as a bottle of mustard for my junior and senior years…although my senior year I went as a bottle of mustard in a cap and gown, thank you very much.

When you matriculate at Mount Holyoke, you are assigned a class color and mascot based on your year of graduation. I was lucky enough to be a golden sphinx.

You could also be a red pegasus, blue lion, green griffon, or purple phoenix if you are a FP student. But honestly, red, green, purple, or blue, it would sphinx to be you.

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Lynk Funding.

Students can apply for Lynk Funding to finance an unpaid summer internship.

School breaks were all about earning money for school, not planning my career and gaining value experience in my field. I never thought I would never be able to live the intern life, until Mount Holyoke stepped in. Because of the Lynk, I was actually able to intern for a travel company and learn the ropes of digital marketing, search engine optimization, and destination-based content curation.

I would quite literally have NO career if it weren’t for the head start I got from the Lynk.

The Food.

One of the best things about Mount Holyoke is the food. I recently went back to campus to sample the food from “Superblanch” and let me tell y’all, it did not disappoint. The only thing I’m bitter about is now students have unlimited access to food, when countless times during my undergraduate career I ate dinner at 6:00PM, was starving by 11:00PM, yet was totally out of Dining Dollars.

This isn’t a problem any future Mount Holyoke students will ever have to face.

The Yellow Flashing Lights.

…have been activated. Cars may not stop.

The anthem of any Mount Holyoke student trying to get anywhere. I heard the pedestrian warning system on 116 so many times that I sometimes hear it in my sleep…thousands of miles away in Texas.

The Professors.

During my 1st semester at Mount Holyoke, I dyed my brown hair red on a Friday night. On Monday, all three of the professors I had that day greeted me by name and mentioned that they liked my new hairstyle.

When people ask me how much MHC professors care about you, this is the best example I can give. My own father doesn’t even notice when I change my hair.

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The Leaves in the Fall.

I’m from Houston where our four seasons are summer, hotter summer, even hotter summer, and did you really think it was ever going to get cold summer?

So when moving to New England, experiencing the the fall foliage was mind boggling and one of the best things about Mount Holyoke. I honestly didn’t think trees could even change color so profoundly. Thought it was just movie magic.

The Student Orgs.

I participated in MHC Project Theatre each semester I was on campus. It’s how I made the majority of my friends. Being in a theater group at a historically women’s college also has its perks. For example, I got to play Oscar in The Odd Couple and juror six in 12 Angry Men.

The Horsies.

There’s a stable full of them. If you don’t want to pay extra to take a riding class, you can still go up to the barn and say hello and give pats with owner permission, etc. etc.

Its Location.

Since no one in Texas knows about Moho, my number one joke is that Mount Holyoke lures prospective students onto campus with promises of proximity to Boston and NYC, but instead just drops them off somewhere in a forrest in Western Mass. And while that’s partly true, coming from Texas, Mount Holyoke’s campus is a lot closer to cool stuff than I’d ever been before.

I went to NYC every.single.semester. as there’s a bus stop in front of the school that runs directly to Port Authority. I went to Boston multiple times. I went to Philadelphia for Fall Break. If you’d like to see the East Coast, Mount Holyoke is a perfect base.

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No Study Zone.

On the last day of classes during the fall semester, Chapin Auditorium turns into a no study zone! There’s usually a bounce house or two, a Zumba class, snacks like popcorn and snow cones, and even an arts and crafts station (a great place to make gifts for the upcoming holidays on a college student’s budget). One year, the organizers even turned the elevator into a “Primal Scream” zone. You go just go inside and scream really loud. It was great.

The Library.

Hogwarts called, it wants its library back!

One of the best things about Mount Holyoke is the magnificent study space. Many times, while I was supposed to be working on a paper, I would simply lie back and stare at the ceiling, dumbstruck that I was lucky enough to go to a school as pretty as this.

The Classes.

I took a class on World Politics where I heard the word “hegemon” so many times I thought my brain would explode. I took a creative writing class. A class dedicated solely to the works of Alfred Hitchcock. A mediaeval literature class that comes in handy nearly every single time I watch Jeopardy. I studied Latin and Italian, so I’m concurrently fluent in neither and both.

My first year seminar was on Sherlock Holmes and detective fiction. About two weeks into classes, on a dreary, snowy Monday, my professor ordered us pizzas and let us watch BBC’s Sherlock in lieu of a discussion.

“So this is college,” I thought. “I can get used to this.”

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Off Campus Work Study.

Mount Holyoke’s work study program offered me the opportunity to intern at nearby Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke. I learned about non-profit work, museum curation, arts education, and more!

The school provided transportation to and from my job each week, and the other students who rode with me worked at local high schools and homework help organizations. We were all able to really put down roots in the community. It’s one of the best things about Mount Holyoke.

The Staff.

One of the best things about Mount Holyoke was the people who worked on campus. The staff was constantly going out of their way to be kind. The man who drove the work study van, John, was a WWII Navy veteran with many stories to tell. He kept the car fun and on our toes.

I was always dropped off 1st on the route and one day, he mentioned his favorite pastry, a bear claw. I said I’d never had one.

The next week, he didn’t drop me off 1st. As we went from drop off to drop off, I began to wonder if he had forgotten I was in the car. Then, as we pulled up to the museum, he reached into his briefcase and pulled out a bear claw.

“I bought you one! It’s a shame you’ve never had one before. I dropped you off last because I wanted you to be able to eat the entire thing.”

The bear claw was delicious and I’ll never forget John’s thoughtfulness that day.


I love and miss this noisy, vicious little beast. Whether or not he’s the original Jorge, or even if he’s a he is still up for debate, but that doesn’t take away from campus’ resident goose being one of the best things about Mount Holyoke.

Your Classmates.

Truly, one of the very best things about Mount Holyoke is the people who study there. People who challenged me academically, spiritually, and morally. People who supported me and encouraged my growth in the exact same ways.

Friends who let me cry on their floor when my childhood dog died, when I did poorly on an assignment, or when I was just plain tired. Friends introduced me to weird Italian cinema, challenged my worldview with kindness, and called me every year on my summer birthday. Friends who flew across countries to see me. Friends who really, truly, deeply, love me.

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The Art Museum.

I love the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum! The collection is top notch and lovingly curated by a team of committed experts who not only make art accessible, but also fun.

I spend hours in the museum during my years as an undergraduate, as an excited visitor, student guide, and guest lecturer. Make sure to stop in when you’re on campus.

The Pumpkin Face in the Clock Tower during October.

The spooky face is one of the best things about Mount Holyoke just because it’s so cheeky. I didn’t even notice it until I was a junior. I was walking into the library one night and there he was…just chilling like “what’s up?”

The Dorms.

I’ve never felt more like a princess than when I lived in Mead Dormitory my senior year. The high ceilings. The Downton Abby staircase in the front foyer. While there are some definite dudes *coughcoughProspectcoughcough** in general, the living situation at Mount Holyoke is leaps above other school’s.

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I spent four years in the Pioneer Valley as an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College and consider the area to be my second home. I became an adult in Massachusetts and sneak back every chance I get, as half of my heart (and most of my friends) still live there.

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Eric Carle Museum, October 2012.

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These were my favorite things to do in area when I was an undergraduate. I hope you have as much fun as I did!

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Emily Dickinson Museum

280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002

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Mural of Emily near the museum, October 2012.

The Emily Dickinson Museum is one of the main draws in the area and one of the most interesting things to do in Western Mass. Before visiting, I’d only heard snippets of Emily’s history while memorizing her poems in elementary school. Wasn’t she a reclusive spinster who wore a wedding dress for most of her life?

Absolutely not.

As it’s based in her former home, the museum does an excellent job of humanizing Emily’s eccentric story. You leave feeling like you knew her, often with her poems etched on your heart.

Mount Holyoke College Tour

50 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075

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Back where I belong, February 2018.

I’ve only included this on the list because I’m an alumna and Mount Holyoke is the best thing that has ever happened to me. If you are looking for things to do in Western Mass, it’s likely you’re in the area for a college tour, so be sure not to miss the best of the bunch.

Emily Dickinson even attended for 10 months, so we can definitly claim her.

Wondering about other inspiring alums? Prepare to be amazed.

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Eric Carle Museum

125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA 01002

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Eric Carle Museum, February 2018.

While time travel is still technically impossible, you can get pretty darn close to reliving your childhood with a visit to the Eric Carle Museum. My sister and I first visited while I was an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke in 2012. We started our tour in the museum’s screening room to watch Knuffle Bunny, an animated version of the children’s book by Mo Willems.

It’s about a girl named Trixie who travels to the Netherlands to visit her Grandparents and forgets her beloved bunny on the plane. Trixie learns important lessons about loss and maturity through her distress and my sister and I, thinking about our childhood lovies, sobbed.

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My sister working on her masterpiece, October 2012. Peep mine as well. It’s still on the fridge.

The museum also has a craft studio you could spend hours in, a library brimming with the best in children’s literature, and galleries that are equal parts nostalgic and inspirational. I make it a point to visit each time I’m in the area.

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Yankee Candle Village

25 Greenfield Road South Deerfield, MA 01373

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Big on puns. September 2014.

There are two bad things about Yankee Candle Village:

  • It smells like a bakery, flower shop, and your grandmother’s house all at once.
  • It’s much like a Target in that you go in for one thing and come out two hours later $50,000 in debt.

However, there are two good things about Yankee Candle Village:

  • It smells like a bakery, flower shop, and your grandmother’s house all at once.
  • It’s much like a Target in that you go in for one thing and come out two hours later $50,000 in debt.
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Doin’ a line, February 2018.

My favorite part (besides smelling the candles and getting to write a letter to Santa) is the life-size Bavarian Village, where it’s Christmas all year round. Be sure to stick around for the snowfall!

Brunch in Northampton

Brunch in Northampton is one of the best things to do in Western Mass. When people say, “This is the future that Liberals want,” I honestly think they’re talking about the pancakes…

The best brunch spots in Northampton, Massachusetts are as follows:

  • Everywhere.

There you go. That’s my comprehensive list. Just go to Northampton for a meal and you’re all set with any choice.

But, if I had to choose, I would sent you for

Waffles at Sylvester’s 

111 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA 01060

7AM – 3PM, 7 days a week.

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In the morning, I’m making waffles, February 2018.

or maybe for some

Scrambles at the Green Bean

241 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

7AM – 3PM, 7 days a week.

and finally a short drive to Hadley for

Salad at Esselon

99 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035

Hours vary.

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Lunch with friends, May 2017.

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory

281 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield, MA 01373

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Taking it all in, February 2018.

Magic Wings is what I imagine heaven to be like. And also the uncanny valley. As soon as you walk in, you’re surrounded by movement, even in your peripherals. But because the constant fluttering comes from butterflies, and not bats, bugs, or other beasts, it’s okay.

It’s probably the most peaceful place I’ve been and definite childhood fantasy fulfillment. The only downside was, despite wearing a bright orange shirt and floral perfume, none of the butterflies wanted anything to do with me.

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Skinner State Park

10 Skinner State Park Rd, Hadley, MA 01035

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Mountain Day, October 2012.

Mount Holyoke has this amazing tradition called Mountain Day. During the fall semester, sometime between Convocation and the start of October Break, our president wakes up early and declares Mountain Day with 100 chimes of the bell in the clock tower.

Classes and commitments before 5:00PM are cancelled and students are encouraged to climb the mountain in nearby Skinner State Park, where our President is waiting at the summit with ice cream and special Mountain Day hats.

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A casual photoshoot at Skinner State Park, May 2017.

Part of the fun of Mountain Day is almost dying on the steep hike to the summit, but if you are simply visiting the area, feel free to drive up to the top. There’s a parking lot and unmatched views of the entire Pioneer Valley.

Wistariahurst Museum

238 Cabot St, Holyoke, MA 01040

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My dad and sister cheesin’ in Wisty’s Music Room, May 2015.

Full disclosure: I interned at Wisty throughout my collegiate career. But really, this only means you should take my recommendation to visit even more seriously!

The museum is the former home of the Skinner Family, led by William Skinner (and later by his daughter, Belle), who made thier fortune in silk manufacturing, and is the embodiment of the area. It’s one of the best things to do in Western Mass because the beautiful home not only weaves the silken story of a family, but of a city. Of entrepreneurship and loss. Of new beginnings and old traditions. Of hope.

Wisty offers both historical tours of the building, as well as cultural events like lectures, concerts, and galas throughout the year.

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Basketball Hall of Fame

1000 Hall of Fame Ave, Springfield, MA 01105

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The joke here is that I hate basketball, so I never went inside; however, my friends like to tease me because one night, while riding with them on the Interstate 91 (totally sober!) I noticed a glowing orange orb through the clouds.

“Wow, the moon is so bright tonight! It’s so low! Y’all, look!”

Turns out, I made my friend slow down so that we could get a good look at the giant basketball that marks the entrance to the parking lot.

If you like sports, it’s a can’t miss (or so I hear).

Mass MoCa

1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247

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If you’re looking for something a little weird, a little cool, and fully awesome, then you should head to Mass MoCa, or the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The collection is breath-taking and is a real contender against the MFA in Boston.

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Bonus: Seasonal Leaf Peeping in Western Mass

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The Mount Holyoke Campus, Fall 2014. I didn’t edit this at all.

If you’re looking for things to do in Western Mass in the fall, the Pioneer Valley and the Berkshires have some of the best leaf-peeping spots in New England!

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Are you heading out on a quick Boston trip? This 48 hours in Boston itinerary walks you through everything you need to know about hitting the highlights of Beantown, including where to eat and the best things to do in Boston.

I recently spent a whirlwind 48 hours in my favorite city and can’t wait to share my tips!

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getting ready for the airport

I went to college 1,809 miles away from home at a small liberal arts school nestled in the Pioneer Valley called Mount Holyoke. So, given the distance, after my May 2015 graduation, I wasn’t sure when I would be able to return.

That is until I got a frantic text from my friend Cassidy in late December.

Apparently, every other member of my friend group was meeting up in Boston to surprise our friend Brittney as a late Christmas gift and I was the only one not coming. Was there any way I could be there?

Yeah sure, let me just buy a ticket to Boston less than two weeks before departure for a trip lasting roughly 48 hours.

Except that’s exactly what I did.

And while I spent most of my time lying on apartment floors giggling with my girlfriends, if you want to do a quick Boston trip and still see all the sights, it’s completely possible.

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Quick Boston Trip Day 1 

Arrive in Boston. Logan airport is only about a ten minute Uber from downtown, so if you are staying centrally, it’s easy to drop off your luggage and start the Freedom Trail right away.

I’d been to Boston so many times that I skipped the historical bit this go around and chose a tasty meal at Quincy Market instead, but even if you’re not into the “birth of American freedom,” it’s hard not to get pumped up about it in Boston.

Seriously. Every time I’m there I want to punch a redcoat in the throat or something.

Boston Freedom Trail

Baby She’s a Trip at the Old North Church (1 if by land…2 if by sea) circa 2010.

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Reenacting the Boston Massacre in 2010 (look how little I was!)

After you’ve had your fill of history, make sure to explore Boston’s harbor and have a lobstah or two, or maybe even a nice bowl of clam chowda.

Quick Boston Trip Day 2

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is a must see even if you don’t like art. Be sure to check out these art history snapchats, as they might change your mind.

MFA Boston Snow

Snow day at the MFA

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On this quick Boston trip, I may or may not have used my three hours there in a futile attempt to avoid the snowstorm going on outside (two years in the south really decreased my tolerance for the stuff).

The museum is also nestled near the famous South End, so if you like old brick buildings and cute Instagrams, then this is the area for you.

Friends being classy AF and taking in Renaissance art

After exploring the museum, feel free to pop over to Cambridge to pahk ya cahr in Harvahd Yahd, or Fenway if you want to watch the Red Sox lose (again).

Quick Boston Trip Day 3 (Bonus Day!)

If you’d like to extend your 48 hours in Boston, you might take some time to venture out into Lexington and Concord (where the shot heard round the world was fired), Salem (to try some witches), or even Plymouth (to see the hella underwhelming Plymouth Rock).

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#Selfie with Plymouth Rock in late 2014…which as you can see is small and disappointing.

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General Advice for Flying Standby with United 

Of course, I was having so much fun with my college girlfriends that I didn’t want to come home, so when United said my flight was overbooked, I was nearly delirious with joy. When the gate agent announced that he was offering $600 travel vouchers, I don’t think I had ever moved so fast.

Unfortunately, I learned a harsh lesson about volunteering to be bumped off your flight. It was the first time I did it, so I assumed that since I was first in line to volunteer, they would call me over when they needed me, but that wasn’t the case.

As I was minding my own business in the gate area, texting my friends to make sure they didn’t wander too far so we could all enjoy my hotel room courtesy of United Airlines, the girl who had been behind me acted like a total vulture and hovered around the desk.

Mon petite croissant – a lovely friend I wish I had more time with.

Because she was right in the agent’s eye line, she got the upgrade when he realized the flight was full. I walked over to hear her get a $600 travel voucher, $10 dinner voucher, free night at the Embassy Suites Boston, and a 1st class ticket in the morning.

That was supposed to be mine!

I was furious, but I learned my lesson: all’s fair when there’s a $600 travel voucher on the line.

So if you volunteer to be bumped off your flight, stand by the desk until your voucher is in your hand.

I did shed some tears on the flight home, but I’m unsure if they were exhaustion from a whirlwind weekend, disappointment that I was ROBBED of my $600 voucher, or simply because I missed my friends.

But at least I’m headed back to Boston in May!

Wagamama in Boston

P.S. Did y’all know they have WAGAMAMA in Boston? I about flipped my lid. The UK chain is one of the best places to eat in Boston.

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