A friend and I will be visiting the New England area Oct. 7-11 and will be making our home base in Boston. Since hotels seem to be pricey (just like out here in San Francisco), we are opting for sublets/furnished apartments, B&Bs and hostels. What areas are safe for females to walk around at night? We are interested in the culture, history and nightlife of Boston.
I have been told the Back Bay area is nice as is the North End/Beacon Hill areas. I was offered a place near Davis Square. How safe is that area? We would like to stay in Boston for the first couple of days, so we will be car-less. So I'm looking for places to stay near public transporation that is accessible from the airport.
On the 3rd/4th day, we will venture out to New England via Walden to photograph the fall colors. Any pointers on scenery locations throughout New England would be helpful. I'll try and post on the Vermont and Maine forums also.