BostonUnited States of America

4.6/5Top Destination

Boston is calling! Discover its history, museums, monuments, and more.

Boston, a thriving modern city, has nearly 400 years of history. Walk along the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) red brick Freedom Trail to see 16 important historic sites.

Boston Common, a park established in 1634, is a good place to start touring. Ride a swan boat in the adjacent Boston Public Garden and look for famous statues of a mother duck and eight ducklings.

Head north for shopping and fresh seafood at Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The hall, topped with an iconic grasshopper weathervane, held early town meetings where dissent against the British led to revolution. See the Paul Revere House, home of the patriot who famously rode to Lexington in 1775, warning that the British were coming.

Near the north end of the trail is the Bunker Hill Monument, commemorating the first American Revolution battle. Just east near the Charlestown Navy Yard, climb aboard the USS Constitution, or Old Ironsides, which survived a famous War of 1812 battle.

Boston’s cultural sites are historic as well. In the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, opened in 1876, examine works from ancient Egypt to contemporary eras. Once a vaudeville house, the Boston Opera House now hosts operas, ballets, touring musicals and lectures.

Harvard University in Cambridge just west of Boston is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Wander through Harvard Yard, visit several museums and watch rowers train on the Charles River.

Join the crowd at Fenway Park and see baseball home runs foiled by the massive Green Monster wall along left field. For over 100 years, loyal Red Sox fans have cheered on their team, win or lose.

In the midst of Boston’s historic environment are modern sites. Blue skies reflect in the glass plates of the John Hancock Tower near Copley Square. Gaze over the city from the observation deck of the Prudential Building. See the Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge beautifully illuminated at night and ride an amphibious duck boat to see the city by land and water.

Known for

Museums, Historical Buildings and Universities

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Where to stay in Boston

Downtown Boston
Downtown Boston which includes night scenes and a city as well as a small group of people

Downtown Boston

Known for Historical Buildings, Aquariums, Urban

4.5/5(1,942 reviews)

The heart of America’s revolutionary history lies in the center of this city. Uncover the story of the nation and enjoy excellent arts and dining venues.

Back Bay
Back Bay which includes a city, a bridge and a river or creek

Back Bay

Known for Shopping, Urban, Architecture

4.5/5(2,901 reviews)

Parisian boulevards and elegant brownstones conjure a truly romantic atmosphere, perfect for strolling and window shopping.

Seaport District
Seaport District which includes a city, a river or creek and a high rise building

Seaport District

Known for Ports, Urban, Skyscrapers

4.5/5(867 reviews)

Join excited crowds enjoying harbor-side views, Revolutionary War-era landmarks, as well as superb restaurants and museums along this thriving waterfront.

North End
Boston which includes a beach as well as a family

North End

Known for Churches, Dining, Cathedrals

4.5/5(274 reviews)

The ample dining options and captivating waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to North End. A stop by Old North Church or Paul Revere House might round out your trip.

Fenway–Kenmore
Fenway Park which includes outdoor art and a statue or sculpture

Fenway–Kenmore

Known for Baseball, Sports, Culture

4.5/5(692 reviews)

Art galleries, museums, and historic sites highlight some notable features of Fenway–Kenmore. Make a stop by Fenway Park or Boston Museum of Fine Arts while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Museum of Fine Arts Station or Fenway Station to get around town.

Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill which includes landscape views

Beacon Hill

Known for Historical Buildings, Architecture, Urban

5/5(30 reviews)

Lose yourself in the charming streetscapes, historic buildings and village-like atmosphere of Boston’s oldest and wealthiest suburbs.

Top Hotels in Boston

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Encore Boston Harbor
Encore Boston Harbor
5 out of 5
1 Broadway, Everett, MA
$266
per night
Oct 15 - Oct 16
4.6/5Exceptional! (120 reviews)

"Property clean. Professional staff. Large rooms. Food is pricey. Buffet is okay. Casino should comp more."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Encore Boston Harbor
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
$153
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4
4.1/5Very Good! (5,813 reviews)

"The hotel had a great vibe, great location to the beautiful park and other nice streets, lots of people were walking in and out so it gave me a festive feeling. I liked the look around the bar area and also great that the hotel was connected to a wonderful gym. Why I didn't gave 100 procent for cleaning ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

Boston Park Plaza
Hilton Boston Logan Airport
Hilton Boston Logan Airport
4 out of 5
One Hotel Drive, Boston, MA
$180
per night
Oct 26 - Oct 27
4.2/5Excellent! (5,077 reviews)

"This hotel is connected to the airport. Get off the plane, get your luggage and walk straight to the hotel. Great location and very nice hotel."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

Hilton Boston Logan Airport

Popular things to do in Boston

Fenway Park
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Fenway Park

4.5/5(2,343 reviews)

Catch a game or take a tour at one of America’s most historic and beloved ballparks.

Boston Common
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Boston Common

4.5/5(4,269 reviews)

The oldest public park in the United States has been the stage for centuries of drama. These days it’s the perfect place to unwind.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace
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Faneuil Hall Marketplace

4.5/5(2,859 reviews)

With a visit to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a popular shopping spot in Boston, you can search for that perfect souvenir. Amble around this vibrant area's college campus or experience its fascinating museums.

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
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Boston Museum of Fine Arts

4.5/5(1,464 reviews)

Explore treasures from ancient times to the masterpieces of tomorrow at this eclectic museum.

USS Constitution Museum
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USS Constitution Museum

4.5/5(1,073 reviews)

USS Constitution Museum is a top museum in Boston with a story of its own. Experience the fascinating museums or attend a sporting event in this vibrant area.

Boston Public Garden
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Boston Public Garden

4.5/5(1,476 reviews)

In this horticultural wonder, ride an iconic swan boat, pay respects to North America’s very first tulip bed or simply lie back and watch as the world floats past. 

Top activities in Boston

Go Boston All-Inclusive: +40 Attractions & Tours in 1 Card
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Go Boston All-Inclusive: +40 Attractions & Tours in 1 Card

$63

Get around town on a hop-on hop-off trolley tour, visit Boston favourite New England Aquarium, or explore a haunted past at the Salem Witch Museum. Access over 40 of Boston-area's must-see attractions and save on admission with your Go Boston All-Inclusive pass.

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

$46

Explore Boston's colonial past and thriving modern side with a hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Take advantage of discounted admission at area attractions, see the city at your own pace with unlimited rides, and enjoy a flexible route that features 18 stops throughout town.

New England Aquarium with Optional Ticket for IMAX® Theater
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New England Aquarium with Optional Ticket for IMAX® Theater

$31

Immerse yourself in the marine world at the New England Aquarium. Explore more than 70 exhibits, including the Science of Sharks, Penguin Colony, and Giant Ocean Tank. Spot color-changing cuttlefish, leisurely sea turtles, and mustachioed fur seals.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets
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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets

$30

Live it up Boston-style and journey back to the one of the most significant turning points in American history. Visit restored ships and throw tea into the Boston Harbor at this historic and awe-inspiring attraction.

Boston Day Trip to Martha's Vineyard
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Boston Day Trip to Martha's Vineyard

$105

Spend a day exploring the quaint fishing towns, coastal scenes, and world-class shops and eateries of Martha’s Vineyard. Hassle-free roundtrip transportation and an easy ferry ride across the water make this the perfect way to experience a day on the island.

Boston Hotel Shuttle
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Boston Hotel Shuttle

$25

Make your trip easier by booking a shuttle to Seaport, Boston. Just book your shuttle and pay in advance, and show your ticket to your driver.

Reviews of Boston

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay 4.354926510615133%
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2 - Disappointing 0.4491017964071856%
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1 - Terrible 0.38105606967882416%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 13, 2019

Very walkable city. Many food selections. Friendly people. Very busy!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 13, 2019

Fabulous historical city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 13, 2019

Great place to visit! Loved the mapparium.

5/5 - Excellent

Jane

Oct 13, 2019

Beautiful city!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 13, 2019

I just love Boston, MA; this is a great and beautiful city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 13, 2019

Historical city and would love to come visit longer. We came to visit the Fall Foilage in New England. Definitely will return longer.

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