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Cambridge

Home to two of the most prestigious universities in the U.S., Cambridge has a distinguished feel, with fine dining, museums and riverside strolls among its charms. 

Tour the grounds of Harvard and admire the elegant buildings in which some of America’s finest minds have been nurtured. Visit museums and galleries within the grounds, before making your way to the contrasting Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where cutting-edge architecture houses students that are shaping the future. Cruises down the River Charles, numerous boutique stores and a culinary culture to rival some of the finest cities in the country will keep you busy for the rest of your stay.

Cambridge was founded in 1630 and is the fifth-largest city in Massachusetts. It’s known as the “City of Squares” because of the way town planners designed the town around an easily navigable network of plazas.

Take a tour of the Harvard grounds and learn about the many famous alumni who have studied here, including President Barack Obama and poet T.S. Eliot. Conduct some learning of your own and stop in at the Harvard Museum of Natural History where over 12,000 specimens are on display. Art fans should head to the Harvard Museum of Art, which is made up of three distinct sections focusing on Western, Germanic and Asian art.

Visit MIT for the architecture alone, with the stunning Stata Center and Simmons Hall among the highlights. Don’t miss the MIT museum, which focuses on exhibits that showcase scientific, artistic and technology innovations in the modern era.

Stroll beside the Charles River, which boasts hundred of acres of nature reserve on each of its banks. Take a visit to Mount Auburn Cemetery, the first landscaped cemetery in the United States. It’s also notable for being the burial place of the poet Henry Longfellow. Visit Longfellow House in the town to find out more about this literary great.

Cambridge is well served by public transport, with a good network of trains and public buses covering all the major sights. It’s also an easy city to cycle around in. Rent a bike during the warm summer months and discover the extensive network of cycle routes.

Where to stay in Cambridge

A historical city to visit

East Cambridge

4.5/5Wonderful!(456 area reviews)

The stunning river views and popular shops are top features of East Cambridge. Make a stop by Cambridgeside Galleria while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Lechmere Station to get around town.

East Cambridge
Museum of Science which includes a bay or harbor and a sunset

West End

4.5/5Wonderful!(721 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and beautiful gardens are a few things travelers love about West End. Check out TD Garden or Museum of Science while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Science Park Station to get around town.

West End
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MIT

4.5/5Wonderful!(181 area reviews)

While you're in MIT, take in top sights like Kendall Square and jump on the metro at Kendall-MIT Station to see more of the city.

MIT
Harvard University showing a church or cathedral and heritage architecture

Mid-Cambridge

4.5/5Wonderful!(42 area reviews)

While you're in Mid-Cambridge, take in top sights like Harvard Square and jump on the metro at Harvard Square Station to see more of the city.

Mid-Cambridge
Betta Splendens statue in Auburn Park, Cambridge

Cambridgeport

4/5Very Good!(200 area reviews)

Check out the river views, gardens, and art galleries while spending some time in Cambridgeport. Though there might not be many attractions in the neighborhood, you won't need to go far to find top spots like Kenmore Square or Fenway Park.

Cambridgeport
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Central Square

When in Central Square, check out the abundant dining options and consider a stop by MIT Museum. If you want to see more of the area, you can catch the metro at Central Square Station.

Central Square

Top Hotels in Cambridge

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston
Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston
4 out of 5
575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
The price is $127 per night

Located in MIT, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of MIT Museum, Boston University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Fenway Park and Hynes Convention ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,219 reviews)

"the balcony was perfect in the morning. I did not like how I received no information on the amenities of the hotel or the new hours of function"…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston
Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
4 out of 5
25 Edwin H. Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA
The price is $112 per night

Located in East Cambridge, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cambridgeside Galleria and Museum of Science. TD Garden and The Freedom Trail are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (989 reviews)

"My boyfriend and I were looking for a quick easy getaway 4th of July weekend and I wanted a place I could bring my French Bulldog Lucy. We could not have been happier with The Kimpton! From the wine hour to how welcoming they were to Lucy with dog bowels and a bed to how clean the room was... since ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
Fairfield Inn & Suites Boston Cambridge
Fairfield Inn & Suites Boston Cambridge
3 out of 5
215 Monsignor O'Brien Highway, Cambridge, MA
The price is $103 per night

Located in East Cambridge, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kendall Square and Museum of Science. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and TD Garden ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)

"Majority of services closed but the price was still high. Carpet dirty but the rest clean. On off street immediately."…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites Boston Cambridge

Popular places to visit in Cambridge

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.

Harvard Square
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Harvard Square

4.5/5(1,963 reviews)

With a visit to Harvard Square, a favorite shopping spot in Cambridge, you can search for that perfect souvenir. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed theater scene in this vibrant area.

Museum of Science
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Museum of Science

4.5/5(504 reviews)

Let your inner-geek run wild amid the hundreds of innovative, hands-on exhibits at this Boston museum.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.5/5(532 reviews)

Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of academia at the architecturally rich, museum-filled campus of one of America’s most celebrated universities.

Cambridgeside Galleria
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Cambridgeside Galleria

You can search for that perfect souvenir at Cambridgeside Galleria during your visit to Cambridge. Amble around this vibrant area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

Harvard Museum of Natural History
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Harvard Museum of Natural History

You can study the exhibits at Harvard Museum of Natural History, a museum with a storied past, during your trip to Cambridge. Experience the fascinating museums or attend a sporting event in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in Cambridge

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

$50
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
Walking Tour of Harvard
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Walking Tour of Harvard

$15
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Boston CityPASS: Admission to Top 4 Boston Attractions
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Boston CityPASS: Admission to Top 4 Boston Attractions

$65
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Harvard Square Self-Guided Walking Tour
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Harvard Square Self-Guided Walking Tour

$6
Per adult
Snorkeling With Sea Turtles (polhena Turtle Point) Near Mirissa
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Snorkeling With Sea Turtles (polhena Turtle Point) Near Mirissa

$36
Per adult

Reviews of Cambridge

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 38.380651945320714%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.783385909568874%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 13, 2020

I’ve always liked Cambridge.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

The hotel was near the T and Cambridgeside Galleria. Plenty to do and see in Cambridge

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

Beautiful area with lots to do. Unfortunately the hotel is not close to public transportation esp during cold months.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 2, 2020

Best getaway trip ever!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

Cambridge is a fun, historic place with a fine university!

4/5 - Good

KB

Feb 11, 2020

I didn't come to explore Cambridge, really just there on business. But what I did see was nice.

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