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, 02151
The price is $215 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Revere. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
3.9/5 Good! (2,617 reviews)
"Shuttle service was very slow. The usual great stay."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

The Revolution Hotel
The Revolution Hotel
3.5 out of 5
40 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA, 02116
The price is $250 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,057 reviews)
"Construction was going on right outside the hotel which made dropping off/picking up a little inconvenient. Booked a private with shared bathroom and feels like an overpriced hostel situation."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Copley Square Hotel
Copley Square Hotel
4 out of 5
47 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, 02116
The price is $219 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, valet parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,007 reviews)
"I had a short business stay in a discounted, very small room. The room was clean and adequate. However, there was no room for a desk or closet. The hotel was updated and clean, but with minimal services."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

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Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
3 out of 5
11 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA, 01803
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Burlington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,042 reviews)
My go-to place to stay when visiting Boston
"This is the third time staying at this location and each time has been an easy and pleasant experience. No complaints."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2022

Temple Place Suites
Temple Place Suites
2.5 out of 5
29 Temple Place, Boston, MA, 02111
Stay at this apartment in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions TD Garden and Fenway Park are located nearby. ...
3/5 (12 reviews)
"The location cannot be beat! This was a beautiful studio apartment fit for everything we needed during our stay in Boston. Highly recommend!"

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

Global Luxury Suites Downtown Boston
Global Luxury Suites Downtown Boston
4 out of 5
8 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA, 02111
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful ...
4/5 Very Good! (274 reviews)
"The unit was fully equipped for living. Nothing was missing. The water pressure in the bathroom was poor. Other than that everything was perfect."

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2022

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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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