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Cambridge, MA

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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

Courtyard by Marriott Boston-Cambridge
Courtyard by Marriott Boston-Cambridge
3.5 out of 5
777 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA
The price is $179 per night from Aug 31 to Aug 31
Located in Cambridgeport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Agganis Arena and Boston University. Harvard University and Harvard Square are also within 2 mi ...
4.2/5Very Good! (968 reviews)
"The staff was very responsive to our needs. Especially Sandra at the reception made us feel at home right from the check in process. Fabio was fantastic too as he changed our room, based on our feedback."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Boston-Cambridge
Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge
Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge
4 out of 5
575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
The price is $203 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,199 reviews)
"This hotel is very convenient for the university area. It is close to a number of restaurants within a 15 minute walk. The hotel is undergoing an extensive refurbishment and as such the facilities were greatly reduced. I’m sure it will be a much more elegant and satisfying place to stay after the ..."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge
Royal Sonesta Boston
Royal Sonesta Boston
4 out of 5
40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $199 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in East Cambridge, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of TD Garden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Boston Common ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,273 reviews)
"Hotel and Staff are great. Unfortunately stayed in RM 809 and the bathroom was the smallest I have ever had in any hotel. The toilet and the shower were for children not adults. Not sure if its all the entire 09 line of rooms but avoid those if possible. Overall nice hotel with Starbucks and great ..."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Royal Sonesta Boston
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.
The Heart Cambridge/boston Studio Free Parking3#
The Heart Cambridge/boston Studio Free Parking3#
Cambridge, MA
The price is $119 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in Cambridgeport, this historic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of MIT Museum and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Boston University ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)
Great Place
"We really enjoyed our stay at Pearl. Certainly will come back at next visit to Boston."

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

The Heart Cambridge/boston Studio Free Parking3#
Beautiful Sunny apt Right Across Harvard Yard
Beautiful Sunny apt Right Across Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA
Located in Riverside, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Harvard University and Harvard Square. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and ...
Beautiful Sunny apt Right Across Harvard Yard
Perfect Location in Central Square
Perfect Location in Central Square
Cambridge, MA
The price is $299 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in Inman Square, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of MIT Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Harvard University. Harvard ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Perfect place for Boston visit
"Good communications with Sharon and easy to reach."

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Perfect Location in Central Square
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.

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