Financial District of Boston at night, viewed from Boston Harbor

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Boston is a major city on the north-eastern US coast and the capital of the state of Massachusetts. It played a central role in the American Revolution and was the location for the famed sitcom 'Cheers'.

Why go?

The city offers any visitor a rich mix of history and tradition with modern architecture and culture...

Book your seats on cheap flights to Boston to discover this excellent city break destination. Compact, it is easily navigable and has a skyline characterised by several skyscrapers, including Prudential Tower. The Tower's Prudential Skywalk is the highest observation deck in New England. Boston is also a fantastic base for a wider tour of New England that could take in such places as the nearby city of Cambridge, site of both Harvard University and MIT.

As one of the USA's older cities there are many historic places to visit in Boston, such as Faneuil Hall. One of America's most visited tourist destinations; it is one of 16 stops on the Freedom Trail, the red-brick road and walking tour that winds through Downtown Boston.

The city is also famous as the location of the Boston Tea Party in 1773, an iconic event in US history and in the eventual War of Independence against British colonial rule.

Moreover, as a culturally rich centre, Boston has a number of museums. The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in the United States, containing more than 450,000 works of art. The John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium are other top attractions in the city.

For other activities, visitors can take boat tours on the Charles River, which runs through the city. There are also ferries to Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. The area, which includes the Boston Harbor Islands State Park, is found in the islands in Boston Harbor. There are numerous hiking trails, beaches and the oldest lighthouse in the US, Boston Light.

When it comes to entertainment, Boston is brimming with things to do. Any visitor with a love of retail should be sure to explore the pedestrianised Downtown Crossing, one of Boston's oldest shopping districts. Sports fans should take the chance to see the Red Sox, Boston's famous Major League baseball team which is based at the equally iconic Fenway Park near Kenmore Square.

When it comes to food and drink, Boston's strong historical connection with Ireland is reflected in the city's many Irish bars. The city is also famous for its seafood restaurants and dishes. Boston clam chowder, otherwise known as New England clam chowder, is one of the area's signature dishes. A milk- or cream-based broth, it contains potatoes, onions and, of course, local clams.

With so much on offer, Boston is a fascinating city and one well worth exploring.

How to get there?

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A flight to Boston lands at Logan International Airport (BOS), a hub for flights from the UK and the rest of the world. The city also has three smaller airports: Norwood Memorial (OWD), Hanscom Field (BED) and Beverly Municipal (BVY).

The only non-stop flights from the UK are from London Heathrow with British Airways, American Airlines, Delta and Virgin Atlantic. Connections to London are widely available and flights take around seven hours from the UK. Otherwise you could consider services with Aer Lingus via Dublin, available from many UK departure points. Icelandair is a good alternative with flights via the North Atlantic island from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow.

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Getting to and from the airport

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Travelling into Boston from Logan International, passengers have a wide range of options that include bus services, taxis and even a water shuttle.

From all terminals, Blue and Silver Line buses take visitors to the North and South subway stations, from where you can connect to large parts of Boston quickly and cheaply.

Water shuttles are a unique method of getting to and from the airport. Take the free shuttle buses from the terminals to Logan Boat Dock and hop aboard one of the shuttle services. It's not a cheap option, and you've still got to get to your hotel from the dock at the other end, but it sure is a fun way to kick off your holiday or city break in Boston.

You can hop in a taxi and travel between the central areas of the city and the airport in less than 15 minutes, dependent on traffic. Many taxis operate a flat-rate between the two destinations, which includes payment for the tolls encountered. Though it's slightly more expensive than using public transport, travelling by taxi saves you the trouble of carting your luggage around on the subway and on and off shuttle buses.

When you book your hotel in Boston, remember to check if it offers an airport shuttle service.

Where to stay?

There's a hotel in Boston to suit every taste and budget. Read on to figure out where to stay during your Boston break...

This welcoming city is packed with hotels, from independent boutique-style rooms to luxury hotels in skyscrapers. It's not a cheap city in which to stay, but you are certain to find somewhere that will meet your needs.

So where will you stay? Hotels and attractions are spread fairly wide in Boston, but walking in this flat metropolis is not only easy, it's immensely pleasurable. There's also a great network of public transport, commonly known as the 'T', so you don't need to worry too much about where to stay, as long as you pick a hotel that's fairly central.

Downtown, roughly between Boston Common and Boston Waterfront, is the ideal location and there are plenty of four- and five-star hotels here. The areas around the Waterfront and the gorgeous parkland of Boston Common are particularly attractive and many hotel rooms offer fantastic views. The area of Back Bay is trendy, tree-lined and crammed with great hotels, while historic North End is a charming place to stay near the water.