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Boston & NYC in January

MILOBRI 61 18 September 22, 2015 at 01:40 PM
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Hi there!

So I noticed that there is a recent thread regarding a Boston vacation that looks very active, so I will check that out regarding things to do in Boston.

Here's my situation: I am traveling to Boston in January for graduate school (3 days completely dedicated to that), and then would like to experience Boston as well as NYC for the next few days before heading back home. What is the best/most practical way to accomplish this? I have never traveled before, and find it all a little daunting!

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You can take the Greyhound from Boston to New York for like $30 something each way, there's a stop very close to the action in Times Square (you could also drive to NY). From there you can take MTA to museums and such.
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How are you getting to Boston? Neither Boston nor NY are good cities to have a car. Parking is very expensive and traffic is heavy. Definitely look at http://us.megabus.com/ The fares are loaded only until December, but if you book early, you could get Boston to NY for $5 one way. https://www.boltbus.com/ is a bit more expensive and they load their schedule 4 to 6 weeks ahead.
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Thanks for your replies! I am flying from Iowa to Boston early on the 7th of January. I plan to do some sight seeing on the 7th, then school 8, 9, 10. Sight see the evening of the 10th, and check out of my hotel in Boston at 3pm on the 11th. Would it be a good idea, then, to take a bus to NYC, get a hotel there, and fly home from NYC? Sorry guys, I have never traveled, never booked, a flight, etc. and I'm totally overwhelmed with the whole process.

What would be good to do in NYC in January for a few days? Anyone know of a good hotel there?
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Yes. You can either book it as an open jaw using one airline and one reservation -- Iowa to BOS and NYC to Iowa -- or you can book the two flights separately on 2 different airlines. You don't want to spend extra $$ and four and a half hours on a bus to catch a flight out of BOS over NYC. More likely to get a direct flight or better connections from NYC. (Using NYC as an airport code will give you LaGuardia, Kennedy, or Newark, NJ.) I drive to the airport in NY, so I can't tell you about how to get from the city to the airport.

Check http://www.tripadvisor.com/ forums for advice for both cities. There are "destination experts" who can givve you local info. Also, check prices for both round trips (open jaw) and one-ways at http://matrix.itasoftware.com/. You can't book there, but you can get an idea of the best way to go about it. I am doing an open jaw Bradley to Nashville then Memphis back to Bradley. I found it cheaper to book one way on American and one way on Delta.

I stayed at the Hotel BPM in Brooklyn on a Groupon deal. We were there for 3 nights for $160 -- but I also bought it at a resale site http://couprecoup.com/ -- someone was trying to unload it and it was really cheap. It is the only time I used that website and it worked out for me.

We loved it because it was outside of the city and about 2 blocks from the subway. There may be other Groupon deals.https://www.groupon.com/browse/ne...cale=en_US
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Quote from MILOBRI View Post :
Thanks for your replies! I am flying from Iowa to Boston early on the 7th of January. I plan to do some sight seeing on the 7th, then school 8, 9, 10. Sight see the evening of the 10th, and check out of my hotel in Boston at 3pm on the 11th. Would it be a good idea, then, to take a bus to NYC, get a hotel there, and fly home from NYC? Sorry guys, I have never traveled, never booked, a flight, etc. and I'm totally overwhelmed with the whole process.

What would be good to do in NYC in January for a few days? Anyone know of a good hotel there?
Please forgive me for raining on your parade but, I think you are trying to do too much in the time you have. Boston and New York are both amazing cities with much to offer. I'm a New Yorker who's visited Boston many times. If you are rushing to squeeze things in, coupled with graduate school responsibilities, I'm afraid the stress may ruin your fun. Add the fact that you are not a seasoned traveler, compounded by January weather in the northeast and I see a recipe for disappointment. I think you should consider staying in Boston and enjoying all the city has to offer at your leisure. Good food, good sights, wonderful history and it's a college town so I'm guessing lot's of people close to your age. (sorry if I'm wrong)
If you have your heart set on visiting NYC, I suggest checking Tripadvisor for a good hotel deal in Manhattan. Stay in Manhattan. Don't chase a cheaper hotel rate into an outer borough in January. You can buy a metro card and get all around manhattan with that. The christmas tree in Rockefeller Center will be down by then but, it's still a cool place to visit and all the usual attractions are open throughout the city.
Best of luck on your trip.
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Please forgive me for raining on your parade but, I think you are trying to do too much in the time you have. Boston and New York are both amazing cities with much to offer. I'm a New Yorker who's visited Boston many times. If you are rushing to squeeze things in, coupled with graduate school responsibilities, I'm afraid the stress may ruin your fun. Add the fact that you are not a seasoned traveler, compounded by January weather in the northeast and I see a recipe for disappointment. I think you should consider staying in Boston and enjoying all the city has to offer at your leisure. Good food, good sights, wonderful history and it's a college town so I'm guessing lot's of people close to your age. (sorry if I'm wrong)
If you have your heart set on visiting NYC, I suggest checking Tripadvisor for a good hotel deal in Manhattan. Stay in Manhattan. Don't chase a cheaper hotel rate into an outer borough in January. You can buy a metro card and get all around manhattan with that. The christmas tree in Rockefeller Center will be down by then but, it's still a cool place to visit and all the usual attractions are open throughout the city.
Best of luck on your trip.
Not at all, and I appreciate the advice very much! I would like to make the most of my time in the area, and I'd love to experience both cities, but I'm not sure if it's practical. I am from an Iowa town of 700 people. So going to a city is quite a treat, but I am the first to admit that I have no idea what I'm doing when trying to plan for this trip. Thank you for taking the time to respond! : ) : ) : )
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Please forgive me for raining on your parade but, I think you are trying to do too much in the time you have. Boston and New York are both amazing cities with much to offer. I'm a New Yorker who's visited Boston many times. If you are rushing to squeeze things in, coupled with graduate school responsibilities, I'm afraid the stress may ruin your fun. Add the fact that you are not a seasoned traveler, compounded by January weather in the northeast and I see a recipe for disappointment. I think you should consider staying in Boston and enjoying all the city has to offer at your leisure. Good food, good sights, wonderful history and it's a college town so I'm guessing lot's of people close to your age. (sorry if I'm wrong)
If you have your heart set on visiting NYC, I suggest checking Tripadvisor for a good hotel deal in Manhattan. Stay in Manhattan. Don't chase a cheaper hotel rate into an outer borough in January. You can buy a metro card and get all around manhattan with that. The christmas tree in Rockefeller Center will be down by then but, it's still a cool place to visit and all the usual attractions are open throughout the city.
Best of luck on your trip.
Totally agree. Boston can be difficult in winter (especially last winter, record snow). I live in this area and I would not try to do all you are hoping to.
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Not only record snow last year -- but record cold, too. NYC is not a great deal warmer. Unless it's bucket list, doing just Boston can keep you busy. What do you like to do? Great museums -- lots of attractions.

This card will give you an idea of what's out there:
http://www.smartdestinations.com/...llInc=true

This card is cheaper and is good for 9 days. We used it for NY and thought the selection and price were better than other things we looked at: http://www.citypass.com/boston

People on http://www.tripadvisor.com/ can make good recommendations for cheap and free things to do. Ask questions in the forum there.
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