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BostonUnited States of America

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

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

Downtown Boston

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,415 area reviews)

Known for its must-see aquarium and captivating waterfront views, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Boston. Check out top attractions like Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market, and jump on the metro at State St. Station or Government Center Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Boston
Back Bay featuring a city

Back Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(3,595 area reviews)

Travelers love Back Bay for its popular shops, and you can see more of Boston by jumping on the metro at Copley Station or Prudential Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Prudential Tower and Copley Place.

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

Seaport District

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,075 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Seaport District is its captivating waterfront views. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Boston Children's Museum and Black Falcon Cruise Terminal.

Seaport District
Beacon Hill which includes landscape views

Beacon Hill

5/5Exceptional!(43 area reviews)

Historic sites, shopping, and restaurants are just a few things travelers like about Beacon Hill. Sights like The Freedom Trail and Massachusetts State House are spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Boston area at Charles-MGH Station.

Beacon Hill
JFK

Dorchester

3.5/5Good!(537 area reviews)

Consider a visit to John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Dorchester. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Fields Corner Station or Shawmut Station.

Dorchester
East Boston featuring a river or creek, a city and sailing

East Boston

4/5Very Good!(914 area reviews)

Travelers choose East Boston for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Wood Island Station or Airport Station and check out top sights like East Boston Memorial Stadium.

East Boston

Top Hotels in Boston

Hyatt Regency Boston
Hyatt Regency Boston
4 out of 5
One Avenue De Lafayette, Boston, MA
The price is $118 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Downtown Boston, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Boston Opera House and The Freedom Trail. Boston Common and Orpheum Theater are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,729 reviews)

"Everything is within a 5-15 minute walk. Be prepared to pay $40 per day parking with no in or out privileges so park your car and forget it! Transportation system is easy to use."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Hyatt Regency Boston
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
The price is $134 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (5,378 reviews)

"The lobby in this hotel is absolutely beautiful and looks more like a resort, however, the rooms are so small. It’s completely deceiving walking into the hotel vs. walking into your room. I can’t comment on the restaurant and bars because they were closed due to covid."…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Boston Park Plaza
Archer Hotel Boston/Burlington
Archer Hotel Boston/Burlington
4 out of 5
18 3rd Avenue, Burlington, MA
The price is $119 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Burlington Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tufts University and Lexington Battle Green. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,393 reviews)

"One of the nicest hotels I’ve ever stayed at, and there have been ALOT. So clean, staff is AMAZING and just an overall fabulous experience! Bravo Archer!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

Archer Hotel Boston/Burlington
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.

Vacation Rentals in Boston

HYATT house Boston/Burlington
HYATT house Boston/Burlington
3 out of 5
2 Van De Graaff Dr, Burlington, MA
The price is $109 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Burlington Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tufts University and Woburn Mall. Somerville Theatre ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,830 reviews)

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Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

HYATT house Boston/Burlington
Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
3 out of 5
11 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA
The price is $89 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

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. Encore ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,780 reviews)

"Great property for the price! Reception was exceptional, and all our fellow guests were just as kind. 10/10"…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
HYATT house Boston/Waltham
HYATT house Boston/Waltham
3 out of 5
54 4th Ave, Waltham, MA
The price is $92 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Brandeis University and within 9 mi (15 km) of Burlington Mall and Brighton Music ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,703 reviews)

"Very good. But not excellent. 4 stars. A bit old. If renovated it will be excellent."…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

HYATT house Boston/Waltham
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.

Popular places to visit in Boston

Fenway Park
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Fenway Park

4.5/5(2,499 reviews)

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

Boston University
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Boston University

4.5/5(1,012 reviews)

Take a campus tour or just explore the area around Boston University, a top college in Boston. Stroll along the riverfront or experience the fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Harvard University
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Harvard University

4.5/5(1,966 reviews)

Walk in the footsteps of presidents and Nobel laureates at one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States.

Boston Common
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Boston Common

4.5/5(4,786 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(3,403 reviews)

With a visit to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a favorite shopping spot in Boston, you can browse for souvenirs. Attend a sporting event or visit the notable monuments in this vibrant area.

New England Aquarium
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New England Aquarium

4.5/5(1,678 reviews)

From sea lions to sharks, this modern aquarium on Boston’s waterfront brings the ocean world to your fingertips. 

Top things to do in Boston

Boston Duck Tours: Land and Sea
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Boston Duck Tours: Land and Sea

$50
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Go Boston All-Inclusive: 45+ Attractions & Tours on 1 Pass
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Go Boston All-Inclusive: 45+ Attractions & Tours on 1 Pass

$65
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
New England Aquarium Admission
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New England Aquarium Admission

$32
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Boston to Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour
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Boston to Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour

$105
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

$47
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Boston to Woods Hole & Martha's Vineyard Ferry Private Chauffeur Service
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Boston to Woods Hole & Martha's Vineyard Ferry Private Chauffeur Service

$349
Per adult

Reviews of Boston

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 29.924117452985815%
3 - Okay
408
3 - Okay 4.486967997360607%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.4069064115253492%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.3629165291982844%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 18, 2020

I visited Boston during the COVID19 lockdown and needed to go to Providence, RI. The Embassy Suite was a convenient location to hit the freeway. Boston is a wonderful city and I encourage folks to visit at least once during their lifetime.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 5, 2020

The airport crew were very kind

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 14, 2020

Boston is a beautiful city. I love it!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 6, 2020

Close to Back Bay, Copley Sq.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 29, 2020

Beautiful

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 28, 2020

Due to the outbreak there were many closings and few people about. That was good to walk around to see the city but could not experience the nightlife. There did appear to be a significant amount of homeless in the area until the quarantine began.

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