We know, we know. New Yorkers reading this probably gasped upon catching sight of the title.
But hear us out.
We know that NYC is #1 - don't worry. No one is questioning that, and no one would dare. Come on; that is not even an argument worth having.
That doesn't mean to say, however, that there aren't other amazing cities worthy of note - ones not all that far away, either.
Boston is one of those cities. And despite the long-held, somewhat vicious rivalries that exist between NY and Boston sports teams (go sports!), there exist many reasons for New Yorkers to appreciate and even (gasp) visit Boston. YES, WE JUST SAID THAT.
And what's more, we've teamed up with our friends over at Caskers, The Kitchn, and Flavorwire to offer New Yorkers the chance to win a swanky Boston getaway.
That's right. We’re giving you $1,000 worth of airfare AND a 4-night stay at the unimpeachable Royal Sonesta.
You'll also be able to get your mornings started with a daily breakfast at Studio Coffee shop, grab a classy and delicious dinner at ArtBar, and take in the sights on one of Boston’s world-renowned Duck Tours.
We’re also giving you two tickets to brave the seas of confused Red Sox fans and catch the Yankees take them head on at Fenway. Sure, it’s no Yankees Stadium, but it’s okay. It’s Boston. They’ll catch up eventually.
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. We’re also giving you two tickets to your choice of concert!
So, yeah, it's gonna be EPIC. Enter to win now, and read on to discover all the ways the city of Boston is super underrated.
1. America stuff
In case you were sleeping through your 6th grade history class, a crap ton of American history went down in and around Boston.
Like, a lot.
The Boston Tea Party, the establishment of America's first colleges, Paul Revere yapping about the British coming - it all happened in MA's capital.
There's no denying that it's a pretty important place; one that's definitely worth a visit.
2. Amazing concerts
Tons of huge musical acts come through Boston on their national and world tours, and a lot of the time it won't break the bank to go see them (Ray LaMontagne recently offered $20 tix to his Boston shows next weekend).
But if you're the lucky recipient of our Boston giveaway, you can see some of the dopest musical acts around TOTALLY FOR FREE.
Feelin’ the Pearl Jam vibe? Perfect. You’re good. What about some decidedly dope hip-hop straight from the mouth of Jill Scott herself? We got you. Or maybe you’re tryin’ to catch some views with Drake? We got you.
3. Serious walkability
Although a map of NYC's grid and Boston's very-much-not-a-grid might seriously scramble a New Yorker's brain, it's surprisingly easy to get around by foot, which, as tourists, is how we'd prefer to see the city anyway.
It's also not as absurdly massive as New York, so it doesn't take quite as long to get from point A from point B.
4. It's really freaking pretty
We might think of NYC as the most Instagram-worthy city in the world, but Boston poses a pretty decent competition.
Old cobblestone streets, gorgeous buildings, and stunning skylines are just a few of the elements that make Boston an incredibly breathtaking city. #aestheticAF
5. Old school eats
NYC is home to the newest, trendiest, sometimes most bizarre cuisine, but Boston does old school eats right.
After all, it's home to the oldest restaurant in the country, Union Oyster House, which has been in operation since 1826 (WHAT?!).
There's no shortage of cozy, hole in the wall pubs and old time-y ice cream shops in Boston, making it just about the most charming place ever.
6. Free stuff is everywhere
Museums, festivals, and boat races are just a few activities that are going on all the time in Boston - and totally for free.
But you know what's rarely free? Hotels. Airfare. Amazing tix to concerts and sporting events.
That's why we're offering you the chance of a lifetime with our incredible Boston sweepstakes; you'll be able to get all this and more without dropping a dime. You're welcome.
7. It basically has its own language
New Yorkers definitely have their own language too ("Getouttamyway", "I'll have a baconeggandcheese"), but the Boston vernacular is so unique, so specific, it's almost not even English.
Honestly, we don't even know what they're saying most of the time. Nod and smile, just nod and smile.
Although it's deeply confusing for us outsiders, but we can't help but respect their dedication alienating non-natives. As fellow city dwellers who also often find ourselves surrounded by tourists, we understand more than anyone.
You do you, Beantown.[Feature Image Courtesy The Odyssey Online]