I moved to Boston about 3 years ago, actually to Cambridge, a place like no other. It is multi-ethnic and filled with all kinds of history. I read that it actually has more bookstores per square foot than any place else, all kinds of bookstores. It’s every bit the intellectual, right down to the Harvard Brewhouse.
There are endless places with international cuisines, getting quickly taken over by chains, so hurry and support its individuality. It is home to a number of universities, most notably Harvard. I love just walking through the gates of Harvard and the tour is well worth the time, plus it is free. Of course, Radcliffe is right across the street and has one of the most beautiful courtyards and architecture to be found.
There are some specialty stores, and funky shops which the last time I looked were not part of a chain. Some are pricey, but window shopping is forever fun.
Strolling towards the famous Harvard News stand at any given time, particularly summer nights, there are protesters of all sorts and some musicians. Who know you may discover the next Joan Boaz or Bob Dylan, they started there ya know. Pick up a local paper and Catch open mic night.
Just soak it up, you'll feel smarter just being there!