Boston Travel Guide

Boston Travel Guide

Boston is the ideal destination for a culture-filled city break. The metropolis has a history littered with some of the most important events to have ever occurred in the USA, which is reflected in the city's beautiful architecture, monuments and museums. But Boston isn't all about education and history; its nightlife is up there with some of the best to be found in America.

Location

On the coast of north-east USA

Climate

Boston undergoes warm, humid summers and cold winters. Temperatures can reach average highs of up to 28 degrees C in the summer and lows of -6 degrees C in the winter. The best times to go are probably in May, June and the autumn.

Currency

US dollar

Time Difference

GMT -5

Transfer Time

Logan International Airport is located a mere two miles from the centre of Boston. There are a number of forms of transport available between the two points, including shuttle and public bus services, rental car, taxis and even a water shuttle.

Hotels

Boston has every kind of hotel you could hope for - whether it's a grand, historical building or a small, modern bed and breakfast. Just a few hotels recommended by Time Out include the Ritz-Carlton, the Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro, Nine Zero and the Newbury Guest House.

Attractions

One of the best ways to take in as many historical sights as possible in a day or two is a walk along the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, which covers locations such as the Boston Common - the oldest park in the USA - as well as the Benjamin Franklin Statue, the site of the Boston Massacre and the Constitution Museum. You could also visit the Emerald necklace, a chain of parks around the city, try to nab yourself a much-coveted ticket to a Boston Red Sox baseball game or take in the Museum of Fine Arts.

Shopping

If you're a fan of boutique stores you should head to Newbury Street, which is packed full of unique little shops. Nearby Copley Place and the Prudential Centre offer up a host of designer stores, while Downtown Crossing is the best location for high street shopping. You could also buy a present or two at the historically quirky Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Excursions

Hop on a ferry and take a short trip to the Boston Harbour Islands, which is made up of 34 islands offering activities such as guided walks, fishing, bird watching, sailing and more. If you want to head further afield, why not travel to nearby locations such as Concord, where the American Revolution began, or Cape Cod, one of the most popular seaside resorts in the country?

Family

Boston offers a range of family-friendly attractions, including the Children's Museum, ice skating on the Boston Common's frog pond, Franklin Park Zoo, the Museum of Science and swan boat rides in the Public Garden Lagoon.

Getting Around

While the best way to get around Boston's compact centre is on foot, you can also use the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's system of trains and buses, or perhaps catch a ferry ride along the waterfront or rent a car or bicycle.