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BostonUnited States of America

One of the nation’s most historically interesting cities has numerous museums, exciting sports, great seafood and plenty of free activities. 

Boston, a thriving modern city, has nearly 400 years of history. Walk along the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) red brick Freedom Trail to see 16 important historic sites.

Boston Common, a park established in 1634, is a good place to start touring. Ride a swan boat in the adjacent Boston Public Garden and look for famous statues of a mother duck and eight ducklings.

Head north for shopping and fresh seafood at Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The hall, topped with an iconic grasshopper weathervane, held early town meetings where dissent against the British led to revolution. See the Paul Revere House, home of the patriot who famously rode to Lexington in 1775, warning that the British were coming.

Near the north end of the trail is the Bunker Hill Monument, commemorating the first American Revolution battle. Just east near the Charlestown Navy Yard, climb aboard the USS Constitution, or Old Ironsides, which survived a famous War of 1812 battle.

Boston’s cultural sites are historic as well. In the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, opened in 1876, examine works from ancient Egypt to contemporary eras. Once a vaudeville house, the Boston Opera House now hosts operas, ballets, touring musicals and lectures.

Harvard University in Cambridge just west of Boston is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Wander through Harvard Yard, visit several museums and watch rowers train on the Charles River.

Join the crowd at Fenway Park and see baseball home runs foiled by the massive Green Monster wall along left field. For over 100 years, loyal Red Sox fans have cheered on their team, win or lose.

In the midst of Boston’s historic environment are modern sites. Blue skies reflect in the glass plates of the John Hancock Tower near Copley Square. Gaze over the city from the observation deck of the Prudential Building. See the Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge beautifully illuminated at night and ride an amphibious duck boat to see the city by land and water.

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Where to stay in Boston

Top Hotels in Boston

Hyatt Regency Boston
Hyatt Regency Boston
4 out of 5
One Avenue De Lafayette, Boston, MA
The price is $103 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27

Located in Downtown Boston, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Boston Opera House and The Freedom Trail. Boston Common and Orpheum Theater are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,775 reviews)

"It was close to Boston Common , but a of people loitering outside the entrance at times. There were a lot of scary people in the surrounding area we walked. My fiancé didn’t feel safe."…"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

Hyatt Regency Boston
citizenM Boston North Station
citizenM Boston North Station
4 out of 5
80-120 Causeway Street, Boston, MA
The price is $76 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Located in West End, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of TD Garden and The Freedom Trail. Boston Harbor and Museum of Science are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,171 reviews)

"We liked everything about the hotel. It was very ultra modern , very comfortable, clean,and everyone was helpful"…"

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

citizenM Boston North Station
YOTEL Boston
YOTEL Boston
3.5 out of 5
65 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA
The price is $85 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Seaport District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Boston Harbor, Boston Children's Museum, and Boston Tea Party Ship. Boston Convention and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,809 reviews)

"Clean hotel, robot was fun, loved the ambient lighting in the room and the bed was super comfy!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

YOTEL 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.

Vacation Rentals in Boston

Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
3 out of 5
11 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA
The price is $89 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Burlington Mall and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. Encore ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,792 reviews)

"Great property for the price! Reception was exceptional, and all our fellow guests were just as kind. 10/10"…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
Staybridge Suites Boston Logan Airport - Revere
Staybridge Suites Boston Logan Airport - Revere
3 out of 5
245 REVERE BEACH PARKWAY, Revere, MA
The price is $101 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 29

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Suffolk Downs and Revere Beach. Massachusetts General Hospital and Northeastern University ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)

"Great hotel! Extremely clean and comfortable. Highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

Staybridge Suites Boston Logan Airport - Revere
Global Luxury Suites Downtown Boston
Global Luxury Suites Downtown Boston
4 out of 5
8 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA
The price is $82 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 3

Located in Chinatown, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Boston Opera House, The Freedom Trail, and Boston Common. Emerson College and Tufts Medical ...

4.1/5Very Good! (192 reviews)

"I absolutely loved the place. From the house to the area and closeness to shopping centers. The security I checked in with initially was so kind and comforting it made the first night great. The second night however security was rude and not understanding. Still the place was great"…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2020

Global Luxury Suites Downtown 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.

Getting around Boston

Boston prides itself on being “America’s walking city,” with all the key areas being easy to explore on foot. However, there is also a great public transportation system, known as the “T.” Travel by bus, subway, boat and trolley car. Consider renting a car if you are planning lots of daytrips outside Boston. Inside the city, however, walking and the T should get you everywhere you need to go. Visit the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority website. Browse Boston rental cars.

Best time to visit

Temperatures are at their highest in Boston from July through August, and these months are among the most popular times to visit. Come in fall, however, and you will be in for a real treat. This is when the city looks more beautiful than ever, as its famous fall foliage transforms the streets and green spaces into a riot of reds, oranges and yellows. Bring a jacket and a warm sweater or two.

Popular places to visit in Boston

Top things to do in Boston

Reviews of Boston

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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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