Boston Travel Guide

Boston is a truly historic city, founded by the New England pilgrims, integral to the events of the American Revolution and the fight against slavery, and home to many of the nation's great thinkers and writers over the centuries. The main reason to holiday in Boston is the city's vast historic importance, being one of the oldest cities in the country and, for many generations, home of the scholarly elite. Boston is dubbed the 'Athens of America' because of its great, cultural, political, and economic influence, as well as being renowned for its superior higher education institutions.

A holiday in Boston will appeal to history lovers and cultural tourists who will revel in the plethora of museums, art galleries, libraries, and diverse, interesting neighbourhoods. Visitors can walk the Black Heritage Trail and the Freedom Trail to get to grips with the historic wealth of Boston, and need only wander the hallowed grounds of Harvard University to feel the city's academic energy.

Boston may be one of America's oldest cities, but it has a remarkably young population. Something like 75 percent of the population is under 45, ensuring that the city's lofty academic atmosphere is balanced by a vibrant restaurant scene, plenty of good shopping, lots of events and outdoor activities, and a varied nightlife.

Best time to visit Boston

Although some visitors relish the hot, humid summers, or even the cold, snowy winters, the best time to travel to Boston is in late spring or early autumn (May, September, and October), when the weather is warm and pleasant. Autumn is particularly lovely as New England's trees wear their colourful fall foliage.

What to see in Boston

-Visit the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which houses one of the world's most comprehensive art collections.

-Catch a game at Fenway Park and cheer on the Red Sox with the locals.

-Enter a world of technological genius at the renowned MIT Museum.

-Marvel at the underwater world of the New England Aquarium.

What to do in Boston

-Tour the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum, reliving the famous revolutionary event.

-Cross the Charles River into the prestigious scholarly enclave of Cambridge.

-Shop and eat your way around the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

-Enjoy a picnic and a stroll in the Boston Public Garden, the oldest botanical garden in the US.

Beyond Boston

Popular daytrip destinations near Boston include Salem, famous for its witch trials and historic houses; Plymouth, the landing point of the pilgrims; Gloucester, known as 'America's Oldest Fishing Port'; New Bedford, famous for its whaling history; Lexington, where the first blood of the American Revolution was spilled; and Concord, a charming town loved by many famous authors.

Getting there

Boston Logan International Airport, situated four miles (6km) northeast of the city, is one of the busiest airports in the US, and the primary air travel hub of New England.

Did you know?

-America's first subway, first police department, first library, and first public park were all established in Boston.

-The Boston Terrier is the official state dog of Massachusetts.

-Christmas was banned for 22 years in Boston by the pilgrims, starting in 1659.