BostonUnited States of America

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!(2,415 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 Downtown Crossing are spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Boston area at Charles-MGH Station.

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

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Boston
Hyatt Regency Boston
4 out of 5
One Avenue De Lafayette, Boston, MA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,722 per night

Located in Downtown Boston, this hotel is steps from Boston Opera House and Downtown Crossing. The Freedom Trail and Boston Common are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,693 reviews)

"Excellent location, within walking distance to different downtown attractions. Unfortunately, due to covid-19 restrictions, most of the service areas are closed, not even room service."…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 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 ¥16,261 per night

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! (5,690 reviews)

"TV did not work reliably. Technician unable to fix. Too late in the eve to bother asking for a room change and none was offered."…"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

Boston Park Plaza
Archer Hotel Boston/Burlington
Archer Hotel Boston/Burlington
4 out of 5
18 3rd Avenue, Burlington, MA
The price is ¥10,488 per night

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 Woburn Mall. Bentley College ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,295 reviews)

"Enjoyed our stay at the Archer hotel. Super clean and convenient to Boston. Help was excellent and accommodating. Onsite bar and restaurant were very nice. Would highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

Archer Hotel Boston/Burlington

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 acclaimed theater scene 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 Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets
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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets

¥3,262
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Boston Duck Tours: Land and Sea
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Boston Duck Tours: Land and Sea

¥5,410
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise
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Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise

¥3,713
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Boston to Newport, RI including Breakers and Elms Admission
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Boston to Newport, RI including Breakers and Elms Admission

¥11,698
Per adult
100% 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

¥6,976
Per adult
76% 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

¥38,745
Per adult

Reviews of Boston

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5894
5 - Excellent 64.81909160892995%
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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