In a recent article, The Vacationer ranked American cities that travelers should "avoid at all costs." Cities including Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and New York topped the list, but, surprisingly to us, Boston made the list. Nearly 1 in 10 American travelers actively avoid Boston. Do you think that is justified?

The Case for Boston

Whether you live in Massachusetts or you are a tourist, there's a lot to enjoy about a visit to Boston. Between the Red Sox, the Bruins, the Celtics and a robust lineup of concerts at the Garden, the House of Blues or many of the city's other smaller venues, there is always something fun to do.

It's one of the reasons so many students decide to attend college in the City of Boston.  It's a fun town. Boston is also rich with history, dating back to times before the calls for revolution began to stir the colonists against a tax-loving king and tea was dumped in the harbor.

Where Boston Falls Short

So, with everything it has going for it, why did Boston get listed as No. 27 on a list of American cities travelers should avoid?

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If I had to guess, the biggest issue is probably the gridlock traffic.  There's nothing fun about being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Southeast Expressway.  With the glut of cars comes a higher cost for parking.

Sticking with the transportation theme, a central factor in traveling, Logan Airport is not exactly the model for a modern-day airport. It's filled with grumpy passengers and workers. Not everyone is a grouch, but Logan certainly has its challenges.

Everything is more expensive in Boston. From a seafood dinner to a bottle of water, expect to pay significantly more in the capital city.

Finally, I guess the weather isn't ideal for much of the year, and when it snows the parking situation goes from bad to impossible.

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