Boston, MA

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Boston Common featuring a monument, a city and a statue or sculpture

One of the nation’s most historically interesting cities has numerous museums, exciting sports, great seafood and plenty of free activities.

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.

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Where to stay in Boston

Hampton Inn Boston - Logan Airport
Hampton Inn Boston - Logan Airport
2.5 out of 5
230 Lee Burbank Hwy, Revere, MA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $110 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of TD Garden, New England Aquarium, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Boston Common and Boston Convention ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,242 reviews)
"The hotel was convenient and acceptable. The front desk staff was nice, but understaffed for the 2 bus loads of people who arrived at the same time as us. The room was acceptable, but the bathroom door did not stay closed and the maintenance person never came. We were there for less than 24 hours, ..."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Hampton Inn Boston - Logan Airport
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
The price is $269 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden, and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (4,383 reviews)
"Very nice and efficient valet parking staffs. Felt treated with respect and individuality."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Boston Park Plaza
Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
3.5 out of 5
207 Porter St, Boston, MA
The price is $131 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
Located in East Boston, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of New England Aquarium, Quincy Market, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Long Wharf and Boston Harbor are ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,844 reviews)
"Everything was wonderful except that I don't understand why there were four bath towels for two nights, but only two wash cloths? I definitely did not want to reuse a wash cloth a second time after washing my ENTIRE body, but I would reuse a towel that was used on a clean body. So, I used the second ..."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
3 out of 5
11 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA
The price is $127 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Burlington Mall and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. Tufts ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,894 reviews)
"The suite itself was very spacious and served its purpose. They forgot to cover the pull out couch in the living room area but that wasn’t too big a deal. Clean bathrooms, kitchen, and sheets, always a plus. Wish the kitchen came with dish soap but I believe the hotel gives you some upon request. ..."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea
3 out of 5
145 Beech St, Chelsea, MA
The price is $132 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 17
Situated in Chelsea, this aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Encore Boston Harbor and within 6 mi (10 km) of TD Garden and USS Constitution Museum. Faneuil Hall ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,059 reviews)
"Enjoyed staying here, its close to Boston, easy in and out. Check in and out both smooth, 24hr lobby store was great."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport
3 out of 5
670 Summer Street, Boston, MA
The price is $194 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
Located in Seaport District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Harpoon Brewery, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, and Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. Boston ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (57 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Boston

Boston prides itself on being “America’s walking city,” with all the key areas being easy to explore on foot. However, there is also a great public transportation system, known as the “T.” Travel by bus, subway, boat and trolley car. Consider renting a car if you are planning lots of daytrips outside Boston. Inside the city, however, walking and the T should get you everywhere you need to go. Visit the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority website. Browse Boston rental cars.

Best time to visit

Temperatures are at their highest in Boston from July through August, and these months are among the most popular times to visit. Come in fall, however, and you will be in for a real treat. This is when the city looks more beautiful than ever, as its famous fall foliage transforms the streets and green spaces into a riot of reds, oranges and yellows. Bring a jacket and a warm sweater or two.

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