BostonUnited States of America

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Boston shines as Massachusetts’ revolutionary capital, from Harvard to the Freedom Trail. 

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston dates back to 1630 and was the site of many key battles during the American Revolution. Today, the city is home to more than 6 million people and is known for its quintessential Irish pubs, fanatical Boston Red sox fans and a relaxed, small-town vibe.

Boston has 21 neighborhoods. These include South Boston, popular with young professionals and families; trendy Jamaica Plain, which was gentrified in the early 2000s; wealthy Beacon Hill; and upscale Back Bay, where the city’s iconic brownstone buildings reign supreme. Nearby Fenway is home to Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox baseball team. The more modern Financial District, dense with skyscrapers, is where you’ll find the New England Aquarium. Make time to stroll through the Boston Common in the downtown area. It is the United States' oldest city park, dating from 1634. Take a ride on an iconic swan boat, paddle in the Frog Pond, or see the final resting places of revolutionary soldiers.

With its European-style street pattern, Boston can be a challenge for the uninitiated to navigate. The grid system typical of many American cities doesn’t exist here, but first-time visitors often enjoy getting lost on its narrow, winding streets. From the Boston Common meander through history along the famous Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) course takes you past more than a dozen sites significant to the American Revolution, including Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution Museum. The trail brings you to Faneuil Hall, a marketplace studded with shops, eateries and galleries. Street performers are ever-present here and add to the rowdy atmosphere.

Boston’s cuisine is eclectic, revealing the influence of the many ethnic groups that moved to the city in the early 1900s. East Boston in particular was a magnet for immigrants from Italy, Guatemala, El Salvador and Brazil. You’ll find plates of rich Italian spaghetti and the popular pupusas, tortillas stuffed with meat and beans.

Despite the city’s twisting streets, Boston is relatively compact and easy to explore on foot. For longer journeys, take a bus or the subway, affectionately nicknamed “The T.” Boston’s public transport system is one of the best in the country.

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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!(2,353 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 New England Aquarium, 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!(3,520 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 Newbury Street 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!(1,060 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 Boston Harbor.

Seaport District
Beacon Hill which includes landscape views

Beacon Hill

5/5Exceptional!(42 area reviews)

Shopping and bars are highlights of Beacon Hill. Make a stop by The Freedom Trail or Downtown Crossing while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Charles-MGH Station to get around town.

Beacon Hill
Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Dorchester

3.5/5Good!(521 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
Arnold Arboretum which includes a park

Jamaica Plain

4/5Very Good!(147 area reviews)

Check out the breweries while you're in Jamaica Plain. Hop on the metro at Green Street Station and Stony Brook Station to see top sights like Samuel Adams Brewery and Arnold Arboretum.

Jamaica Plain

Top Hotels in Boston

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥12,002
per night
Mar 11 - Mar 12

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! (6,771 reviews)

"The hotel overbooked for the day before our arrival, and our room was not ready until 8pm. To compensate, they gave us vouchers for the full breakfast buffet and deleted a charge. Staff was very apologetic. The walls are a bit thin though. Noise transferred through the walls in the middle of the ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Boston Park Plaza
Encore Boston Harbor
Encore Boston Harbor
5 out of 5
1 Broadway, Everett, MA
¥16,597
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of The Freedom Trail, Boston Harbor, and Museum of Science. TD Garden and Massachusetts General ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (599 reviews)

"There was nothing I didn’t like! The whole experience was excellent and they treat everyone like royalty. Can’t wait to go again."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Encore Boston Harbor
Sheraton Boston, a Marriott Hotel
Sheraton Boston, a Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
39 Dalton St, Boston, MA
¥16,373
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Located in Back Bay, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Shops at Prudential Center, Hynes Convention Center, and Newbury Street. Copley Place and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,724 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel. Staff were friendly. However the queen size room was pretty small & lights were dim. We loved the pool but the water was cold. It should have been heated especially during the winter. Other than that everything else was great"…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Sheraton Boston, a Marriott Hotel

Popular things to do in Boston

Fenway Park
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Fenway Park

4.5/5(2,471 reviews)

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

Harvard University
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Harvard University

4.5/5(1,925 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(4,714 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.

Boston University
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Boston University

4.5/5(984 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.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace
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Faneuil Hall Marketplace

4.5/5(3,340 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.

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
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Boston Museum of Fine Arts

4.5/5(1,620 reviews)

Explore treasures from ancient times to the masterpieces of tomorrow at this eclectic museum.

Top activities in Boston

Go Boston All-Inclusive: 40+ Attractions & Tours on 1 Pass
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Go Boston All-Inclusive: 40+ Attractions & Tours on 1 Pass

76% of travellers recommend
¥6,914
Per adult
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

88% of travellers recommend
¥5,647
Per adult
New England Aquarium Admission
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New England Aquarium Admission

84% of travellers recommend
¥3,515
Per adult
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets
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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets

94% of travellers recommend
¥3,290
Per adult
Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise
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Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise

94% of travellers recommend
¥3,801
Per adult
Three Hour Private Chauffeur Service from Boston
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Three Hour Private Chauffeur Service from Boston

¥7,309
Per adult

Reviews of Boston

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5733
5 - Excellent 64.79430379746836%
4 - Good
2656
4 - Good 30.018083182640144%
3 - Okay
393
3 - Okay 4.441681735985534%
2 - Disappointing
36
2 - Disappointing 0.40687160940325495%
1 - Terrible
30
1 - Terrible 0.33905967450271246%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

Great walkable city

4/5 - Good

M

Feb 23, 2020

Lots of restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 21, 2020

I used to go to Legal Seafood in the days when Julia first recommended it. I can't stand the current hype and no longer go.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 21, 2020

Driving is the worse. It’s not easy to get around.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

Often in Boston for some of the sites you listed, but this time the trip was to see special friends that no longer live in the Boston Area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

Love Boston!!

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