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New York City and Boston are situated on the Eastern seaboard and attract millions of tourists from around the world each year. Boston’s colonial roots mark it as the “Cradle of Liberty” while New York City’s Statue of Liberty was the first site many immigrants saw as their ships pulled into Ellis Island.
But... that’s where the similarities end and the delightful differences begin. Boston views itself through the lens of blue collar pride, describing it as both strong and beautiful. New York, on the other hand, sees itself as a busy, bustling hub of culture and arts — running over with sophistication.
While New Yorkers revel in moving forward at a faster pace, Boston natives enjoy the quaint charm of their city — they don’t call Boston “The Walking City” for nothing!
CityPASS recently conducted a poll among prominent bloggers in New York City and Boston to get their impressions on these two great cities and the best of what they have to give to tourists and locals alike. Both New York City and Boston have a lot to offer and do it in their own way, at their own pace. Let's take a tour, shall we?
Both New York and Boston are known for teams with rowdy reputations and equally rambunctious fans who get into the game as much as the players.
Bostonians and New Yorkers we polled almost unanimously agree that MLB player Derek Jeter is the most famous athlete from NYC. While both cities’ sports fans can agree that Jeter is renowned and beloved, 63% of Boston fans are quick to say that Jeter’s Yankee bullpen mate, Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez is the most loathed athlete to play in New York.
Roughly 36% of Boston bloggers polled said the Red Sox's, David “Big Papi” Ortiz was the most recognized Boston athlete. Conversely, 50% of New York bloggers polled said that Ortiz was also the most disliked athlete from Boston. You can’t win ‘em all!
Speaking of wins... How do Boston and New York stack up in terms of their respective teams putting up the numbers?
Boston has a history of excellence among its sports teams, packing a total of 36 wins in Beantown’s collective trophy case. The Boston Celtics lead the pack with 17 NBA titles to their credit, stretching back to 1956 through the ‘80s Larry Bird-led dynasty up to the new millennium.
There’s a competitiveness among New York City sports teams that often splits residents’ loyalties straight down the middle. NYC has not one… but TWO teams in each of the major leagues and 50 sports championship titles in the record books. The Yankees are responsible for 27 of those titles. On the flipside, the NY Mets, the city’s other Major League Baseball team (with no less of a loyal following of their own), have scored 2 World Series titles.
There are over 1,825 taxi medallions in Boston and its 6,000 licensed cab drivers clock an average 60,000 miles per year -- the equivalent of traveling around the world 2.4 times.
In terms of public transportation, Boston has over 4.5 million weekly riders on its transit system and a staggering 237 million riders each year.
There’s a lot of turf to cover in Boston, but “The Walking City” has only a fraction of the volume of transportation as the New York. NYC has over ten times the amount of taxi medallions and drivers as Boston with 13,437 medallions and 50,000 drivers crisscrossing the streets of the five boroughs. NYC taxi drivers travel 70,000 miles per year -- just a little less than Boston drivers’ 60,000 miles.
Beneath the city streets, New York has 842 miles of subway track that carry 11.2 million riders to their destinations each week. New York’s subway system has a staggering ridership of over 1.7 billion -- over three times the actual population of the U.S. itself!
The Cradle of Liberty attracts over 19 million tourists each year, clamoring for Boston’s unique mix of rabble-rousing history and present day salt-of-the-earth atmosphere. Standing as “Boston strong” examples of both, over 27% of those polled recommended historic Faneuil Hall and MLB stadium Fenway Park as the top recommended attractions for tourists to see. Fenway Park takes the lead as a beloved Boston must-see according to several blogs, including Wicked Cheap Boston and Notes On Lifestyle By Georgina.
Boston is also home to a number of intriguing museums. Although the Museum of Science is viewed as a must-see, so is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Leigh Harrington of WhereTraveler.com recommended this off-the-radar museum that houses a collection of international art curated by its philanthropist namesake. Definitely worth a trip!
Writer Maria Lisella refers to New York City as a “Modern day Rome.” Like the ancient city, this modern metropolis has no shortage of sights to see, either. Among the bloggers we polled, Angela of New York-Boston food blog Foodies At Work insisted that visitors grab a gander at the Gotham skyline from Rainbow Room viewing deck in midtown Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center. Author and journalist Jeryl Brunner recommends catching a show on Broadway or seeing a live performance from Lincoln Center. Times Square, the site where many folks choose to ring in the New Year, is another popular destination for tourists.
Barring its penchant for Boston baked beans, Boston is known for some of the best seafood in the U.S. One of its signature dishes is a lobster roll. New England Clam Chowder is another creamy local delicacy tourists should try in its native setting.
As for dining establishments that offer a slice of Boston to savor, locals recommend stopping by such hidden gems as Sam LaGrassa’s sandwich bar (thanks for the heads up, BostonAttitude.com!) and Eastern Standard Kitchen. Bostonians also suggest tourists throw back a beer or two at some of its famous sports bars such as Cheers (yes, the one from the TV show) and The Fours (here's lookin' at you, Jogging Concierge!).
In terms of food favorites, pizza is the lifeblood of New York City. It’s no use asking “Which is the best pizza joint in NYC?” because, depending on which borough you're in and which corner you’re on, you’ll get no less than ten different answers.
While it may not have the fishing community that Boston has, New Yorkers still love their seafood, too. In addition to trying out some (red!) Manhattan Clam Chowder, visitors to the city may want to enjoy fresh oysters at Tracks Raw Bar in Penn Station, as recommended by Sean of MurphGuide.com. In a city so big, it's hard to go wrong.
Both cities are amazing places to visit and cater to all kinds of people. Whether you love the massive scale of a city like New York or the smaller, walkable style of Boston you'll have a trip to remember in either city.
Here's our full graphic showing some of the stats of each city. Which is your favorite to visit and why? Share your thoughts in the comments below. If you enjoyed this graphic, feel free to share it on your blog or website!
For adventure junkies and treasure hunters alike, the time has come to embark on the ultimate quest. Whether you're a curious parent or a retiree looking for adventure, CityPASS attractions offer many exciting gems. From Atlanta to Toronto, every city has attractions full of hidden wonders and worthwhile treasures. Explore North America's secrets and find your inner pirate.
The Helmet Wall at Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame
Any die-hard football fanatic will have to put this gem on their "must-see" list. Visitors can customize their adventure at this ultimate interactive experience with their favorite college football team! RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is ingrained in your ticket; when you enter the building, you'll be welcomed with huge screens displaying realistic images and sounds of your team.
But, the most amazing treasure to be found is the wondrous, luminous Helmet Wall. A three-story jaw-dropper, this wall is covered in helmets of college football teams. How do you know which helmet belongs to your favorite team? Well, with RFID, your team's helmet will light up so you can spot it right away. Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame, which opened in 2014, is a futuristic take on traditional fandom that you'll have to see to believe.
Chicago's Field Museum’s “Inside Ancient Egypt” Exhibit
Founded in 1893, The Field Museum is a world-famous attraction that continues to thrive thanks to the support of the community. Most famous for Sue, the most complete and well-preserved T-Rex fossil ever unearthed, The Field Museum has many gems waiting to be discovered.
One of the most exciting is the "Inside Ancient Egypt" exhibit. This wonderful exhibit holds one of the largest collections of mummies in the entire nation. A three-story mastaba contains two rooms of Unis-Ankh, the son of a Pharaoh. It's a 5,000 year old tomb! Along with the Book of the Dead, the mummified dead, and even a bronze sculpture of a cat goddess Bastet (believed to contain a mummified cat), there is an ancient Egyptian marketplace to explore. Jewelry, ceramics, and artifacts represent everyday Egyptian life, before they were wrapped up in death. Discover the ways of the Ancient Egyptians, and if you get scared, call your mummy.
Topiary Animals at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
A 66-acre paradise featuring 19 pristine gardens is home to a wonderful collection of flowers and plants alike! The seasonal festivities and children's adventure gardens are entertainment enough, but an even greater treasure hunt awaits…the hidden topiary miracles scattered throughout the garden!
Beautiful yellow and purple pansies make the tail of a giant green peacock. Poised and statuesque horses sculpted from foliage protect the garden with silent neighs. A topiary version of Ferdinand the Bull from the famous children's book "The Story of Ferdinand" brings a lovable character to life with the help of artistic gardening. Visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and prepare for your breath to be taken away.
Eskimo and Inuit Art at the San Francisco De Young Museum
If you think of yourself as being 'cultured,' take a trip to the De Young Museum in San Francisco and discover both ancient and modern art of various cultures throughout the world. “Yua, Spirit of the Arctic: Eskimo and Inuit Art from the Collection of Thomas G. Fowler” is a treasure that cannot be overlooked.
In Eskimo/Inuit culture, it's a common belief that everything on Earth, from animals to inanimate objects, carries a soul that must be honored. This installation includes nearly 100 objects ranging from 300 B.C. to the contemporary era. Anything from charms, kayak models, dolls, and stone sculptures made with whalebone and ivory, are available to gawk at in the De Young Museum.
The Winding Tunnels and Corridors of Toronto's Casa Loma
Travel back in time and head to Toronto's famous historical attraction, Casa Loma, the only castle in North America, and a grand one at that. Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a Canadian financer who at one time controlled 25% of Canada's economy, spent over a million dollars on this luxurious home.
Explore 180,000 square feet worth of rooms filled with expensive furniture, a secret staircase, and an underground, only a few of the wonderful adventures waiting at Casa Loma. What's at the end of the tunnel? You'll have to find out for yourself. Don't get lost!
Rare Pygmy Hippos at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
The #1 Zoo for Kids in the United States is home to more than 1000 animals on 60 fun-filled acres! A cute and rare treasure to be seen is the Pigmy hippo. Native to West Africa, the pygmy hippo is the hippo's smaller cousin. Zuri, the baby girl, is one of 30 pygmy hippos in captivity in North America. It's estimated that there are only 3000 in the wild. Come see a rare gem sparkle with all her cuteness at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.
You don’t need big dollars to tackle the Big D, not with CityPASS on your team.
Dallas is the latest addition to the CityPASS family, which gives ticket holders discounted, front-line access to many of the city’s must-see destinations.
As America’s ninth-largest city and the top tourist destination in Texas, Dallas has the best shopping in the Southwest, some of the best hotels, and year-round marquee sporting events. Some might be surprised to learn that Dallas also has the largest urban arts district in the nation, and 14 different entertainment districts. That’s why it’s called the Big D — it’s big enough for every taste.
Get a birds-eye view
Use your first Dallas CityPASS ticket to take an elevated view of the sprawling metropolis from the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck. Resembling a giant steel and glass lollipop 470-feet high, the tower’s GeO-Deck does much more than provide a city vista. Its high-definition telescopes on the outdoor deck and its zoom cameras inside give visitors a surprisingly clear view of the city’s famous landmarks. It even has interactive Halo touch screens that allow you to create your own lightshow.
A few floors higher is Wolfgang Puck’s fine-dining, Asian-fusion restaurant, Five Sixty, which rotates in the evenings. But for lunch and light meals, Cloud Nine Café offers a rotating meal experience during the afternoon.
Explore a science and nature wonderland
At the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Big D stands for "big discoveries." From below the earth’s crust to as far into space as you can imagine, the Perot Museum offers an amazing exploration of our physical world. With 11 permanent exhibit halls and revolving special attractions, there truly is something for everyone.
Enjoy an indoor nature walk in the Discovering Life Hall, or burrow into an “underground” crawl space revealing root systems and subterranean animals beneath the Piney Woodlands. Next, take a three-dimensional animated journey through the solar system — including a rest stop on Mars.
There’s an Innovation and Invention Hall that spotlights the advances made by North Texas engineers over the years, and other halls focus on the state’s rich history of minerals and energy. For kids, there’s a hands-on dinosaur dig inspired by real fossil digs from the Big Bend area of Texas, and an Art Lab. The museum also showcases fossil finds, such as the razor-toothed Tyrannosaurus rex and the immense, plant-eating Alamosaurus.
Talk to the koalas
There are zoos and then there is the Dallas version, stretching out over 106 acres. The Dallas Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals; highlights include its famous Koala Walkabout exhibit, as well as Giants of the Savanna, where you can enjoy watching elephants and giraffes in a natural savanna grasslands landscape.
Naturally, there is a wide assortment of amphibians, reptiles (including 70 species of venomous creatures), birds and all the mammals you expect to find. This summer, buckle your squirming kids in for a wild trip back in time for Giants of the Jurassic, an special exhibit running through September 7, which features more than 20 roaring animatronic dinosaurs and an interactive puppet show.
Even the gardens are huge in Big D
A gorgeous, colorful break from the urban hustle and bustle is the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, which is located a few minutes from downtown Dallas. With 66-acres of manicured gardens and groves of pecan trees, magnolias, crape myrtles, cherry trees and azaleas, visitors will feel peaceful and refreshed. Check the website to see what’s in bloom this season, and there’s always a festival or special activity taking place. There’s even a new eight-acre Children’s Adventure Garden, where little sprouts can learn about birds, bugs and plant life.
Presidential decision-making, behind the scenes
At the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum, CityPASS ticketholders can examine some of the most notable moments in our nation’s history. From seeing the steel from the fallen World Trade Center to reviewing a montage of 44 U.S. Presidents, it’s a unique look into the Oval Office. Visitors can experience the interactive Decision Points Theater, which explores the President’s decision-making process during major crises.
Relive a fateful day in American history
The Sixth Floor Museum explores one of our nation’s darkest chapters, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The exhibit, located in the former Texas School Book Depository, has hundreds of historic television and radio broadcasts, films, photographs and artifacts. It includes the sniper’s perch, from where it is believed that the President was shot on November 22, 1963. The museum doesn’t just focus on the fateful day, but also includes a look at the life of President Kennedy, his presidency, and the aftermath of his assassination. It’s not to be missed.
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