or “Sittin’ on the dock of the bay watchin’ the tide roll away.”
This past year we found occasion to vacation in both Boston and DC. Both are on the East Coast but I find the differences and similarities striking:
- First, Boston is on water while DC is a swamp, at least as far as I’m concerned. This alone gives Boston a huge advantage.
- If you are into history and museums then you won’t be disappointed with either.
- Both are expensive destinations. I suspect Boston is more so. However Mrs. Olson is the accountant in our family and therefore I don’t know for sure.
- Bostonians are much friendlier. Does anyone ever laugh in DC? Full disclosure: I worked in DC from time to time and thus my opinion is highly influenced by those experiences.
- Parking is non-existent in both cities. Don’t bring an automobile! Mass transit and the bus are definitely the better choice. Like, how could you build the Smithonian on the Mall without parking? Did the horses just graze on the lawn while waiting on their people?
- The Boston Big Dig and the airport including the rental car facility architect was Franz Kafka. If your my age surely you remember “Charlie and the MTA”. Well, this is the 21st Century’s equivalent. DC is much easier to navigate by auto. You just can’t Park when you arrive at your destination.
- Both have great restaurants.
In the end I preferred Boston. Why? When I tired of museums, history, great restaurants I could “sit on the dock on the Bay and watch the tide roll away”.