Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and the largest city in new England. It is home to millions of residents and enjoys no less than 16 million visitors each year. Owing to a rich and diverse history, Boston is home to a number of unique districts which appear “night and day” in relation to one another. A combination of historic locations, museums, art centers and amazing views all contribute to the popularity of this truly American city.
The Best Times to Visit
One of the issues with Boston is that the weather can be extremely unpredictable during the winter. Not only are copious amounts of snow common to endure, but fast-moving low pressure systems can make their way up the coast and truly batter this historic city. So, it makes a great deal of sense to visit during the spring or summer. Boston has even been known to receive substantial amounts of snow as early as October.
The primary airport serving the Boston metropolitan area is Logan International Airport (BOS). It is conveniently located in East Boston and only 3 miles from the main downtown districts. Buses are available from all terminals and thanks to the size of this hub, the MBTA (Metropolitan Boston Transportation Authority) runs several trains to and from the airport itself. The flight time from New York to Boston is an agreeable hour and ten minutes. Local carriers such as Jet Blue, Delta and US Airways are some of the most common companies to choose.
As with any major city, there are a number of choices in terms of accommodation. While hotels are located within the different districts of Boston, many who are unfamiliar with this city will choose to stay in a more centralized location such as downtown. Hotels can range from budget options such as the Friend Street Hotel to high-class properties including the New Ritz-Carton, The Langham Hotel Boston and the Omni Parker House Hotel. Those who are on more limited budgets are likely to opt for motels and even hostels within the University District. These are quite cheap and are within a short distance to many transportation terminals.
Things to do in Boston
The Freedom Trail is likely to be the most popular attraction; particularly for those who enjoy the rich history that this city has to offer. It is exceedingly easy to walk, as the trail itself only runs for 2.5 miles. It is characterized by a red brick surface and the trail will enable visitors to enjoy numerous museums, churches, Revolutionary War meeting houses and colonial-era ships. It should be noted that travelers can diverge from the trail at any time to explore these interesting surroundings. Most tours are guided and tickets will need to be purchased in advance. It is also wise to check the opening hours, for these will vary between summer, spring and autumn.
Due to such an important history, others may choose to visit the Boston National Historic Park Visitor Center. This includes a walking tour of approximately 90 minutes around the most important locations which were directly involved with the Revolutionary War (including the famous midnight run by Paul Revere). As with any outdoor tour, this will be available as long as the weather permits. So, it is a good idea to check the forecasts ahead of time before making any reservations. There is a limit of 30 persons per tour group.
Boston is a town which has been famous for brewing since the 18th century. In fact, many of the founding fathers were quite skilled in this ancient art. Thankfully, these traditions have carried on into the present day. Anyone who is a fan of the occasional pint should therefore not miss a handful of the most historic locations in the city. Some famous spots include the Green Dragon Tavern, Rumor, The Black Rose and the Bell in Hand Tavern (established in 1795). We should recall that these very same locations will serve up some culinary delights such as New England clam “chowda” to swordfish kebobs (yes; you read that correctly).