Long time, no post. In an effort to reduce my time spent online (I was spending far too much of my day browsing here and Facebook ), I cut back on the spot and just pop in every so often to see what is new. Well, I am looking for some advice and figured this would be a great place since there are people from all over the US, and those who have traveled all over. This summer my family (dh, ds(10), and myself) will be taking a trip to Boston. We are heading out from AZ for an event, but plan on tacking on some extra days to see some sites. I know there is a ton to see, so I wanted recommendations. What sites would you recommend, or NOT recommend? What restaurants should we make sure not to miss? We are also considering heading into New York City and/or Washington D.C. What do you recommend for those cities? We know there is far too much to see in a week or two, so we want to make sure we hit the top recommended places. We are also leaning towards public transportation as opposed to renting a car just to make it more enjoyable and less stressful (I refuse to drive outside of our city, and am a horrible navigator when it comes to helping hubby). So, if you have taken trains, buses, etc. in the area, give me some tips. Also, what safety tips do you have (such as areas to avoid)? We would also love hotel recommendations. We tend to stay at places like a Hampton Inn so we know what to expect (nice, clean, breakfast on site). While we are going to try to find the best deals, the money aspect is not as critical as having a nice, stress free, enjoyable time. Thanks for any help or advice you can give.