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Boston is awash with cultural facilities, fabulous restaurants, natural attractions and historical sites...
Renowned for its Red Sox baseball team, its legendary clam chowder, the historic Freedom Trail and world-leading educational institution, Harvard, Boston has a wealth of fascinating sights and experiences waiting to be discovered by the 12 million visitors it welcomes every year.
Boston is a major US city on the north-east coast in the stunning state of Massachusetts. Home to the location of the hit TV show 'Cheers', other highlights include the historic Faneuil Hall and Boston Harbour Islands National Park.
Get a breath-taking overview of the city from the towering Prudential Skywalk or enjoy the city's skyscrapers from an entirely different perspective on a Charles River cruise by day or at sunset.
Boston has museums to satisfy historians, art lovers and culture vultures, such as Boston Fire Museum, Science Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Children's Museum and the incredible JFK Museum. It is also home to the USA's first public library.
As a city break destination it is ideal. Additional attractions include Kenmore Square, the Aquarium, Fenway, its many connections to the War of Independence, its eclectic downtown shopping district and abundance of Irish bars and amazing seafood restaurants. Visitors may also be interested by the Big Dig, which is the world's longest road building project.
With each passing season Boston adapts and showcases a different feature of the city. Famed for its spectacular fall foliage, autumn in Boston is the best time to experience its walking tours, particularly the historic Freedom Trail, which usually features a glorious autumnal backdrop. In winter, join in the holiday festivities and shop till you drop in the fabulous stores and markets. The Rose Kennedy Greenway is abundant in new buds and blooms in the spring and summer sees the pedestrian areas of Faneuil Hall Marketplace teeming with activity and life. A seasonal highlight is the 4th of July celebrations on the Charles River Esplanade, but if you plan to be there for this you will need to book your Boston Hotel with plenty of time to spare in order to secure accommodation.
North of the city is Cape Cod, the delightful New England colonial towns and stunning beaches.
There are few cities willing to entertain and accommodate visitors in the style that Boston can, which guarantees an exciting and memorable trip for all.
Boston has a wealth of excellent hotels where you'll be greeted with the cordial hospitality that is so typical of New England...
From luxury five-star Boston hotels to leading three- or four-star hotel chains such as the Hilton, Ramada and Holiday Inn, not to mention smaller and cosier bed-and-breakfast style accommodation, you will find hotels in Boston to suit your requirements and your budget, particularly in the Back Bay area of the city.
Discover what lies beneath the surface of beautiful Boston...
You'll need at least three days in Boston to appreciate its finest points.
Top five attractions
This walk around Boston, which can be done at your own pace or with a guide, ties together some of the city's most important historical sites, places where the flames of passion for independence were fanned. Follow the red bricks and read the inscriptions at each of the 16 locations to piece together the past. Stops include the Old South Meeting House, Paul Revere's House and the USS Constitution in Charlestown.
If you want to see the famous street sign and bar exterior from the popular television show you'll have to travel to Beacon Hill, though a faithful recreation of the set in Faneuil Hall lures crowds. Sup a drink and get ready to shout “Norm”!
The oldest park in the United States of America is the starting point of the Freedom Trail and offers more than 50 acres of ponds, trees, lawns and fountains. It's the perfect place to be on a sunny day.
This historic marketplace, which encompasses Quincy Market, is the beating heart of Boston. There are great restaurants, shops and bars, plus live music and street performances. There's always a buzz in this part of the city and it's a major tourist hotspot.
Discover why the locals love baseball at the home of the Boston Red Sox, rivals of the New York Yankees. Grab a hot dog and settle into your seat for an electrifying experience.
Discover what's on when in Boston...
There's a healthy line up of events throughout the year in this welcoming and soulful city. You are guaranteed to have a good time whenever you visit: from the start of the baseball season in spring and summer out on the water, to the fall colours of autumn and the magical festive season during winter, Boston is the perfect year-round destination.
St Patrick's Day; March: A large community of Irish ex-pats and those with Irish in their blood call Boston home and the annual party to honour their patron saint is one of the best in the US. The city is awash with emerald green as the parade leads to city-wide parties.
Boston Harborfest; July: Held over the Independence Day weekend, festival organisers create more than 200 events across Boston. There are parades and parties and a day especially for the children, while the annual Chowderfest declares the finest purveyor of chowder in the area.
Fall foliage; September/October/November: Become a leaf peeper in Boston. You can see the dramatic changing colours of the leaves right here in the city or extend your trip to venture further into beautiful New England. Nature puts on a glorious show as great swathes of tree-clad vistas transform from green to gold to red.