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Boston
Travel Guide

Boston Common featuring a city, a garden and a monument

Boston shines as Massachusetts’ revolutionary capital, from Harvard to the Freedom Trail.

Home to more than 6 million people, Boston dates back to 1630 and is one of the United States’ oldest cities. Boston has a very interesting history, and a number of important battles were fought here during the American Revolution. Although big, the city has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with many traditional Irish pubs, international restaurants and enough art and culture to keep visitors coming back for more.

In total, there are 21 neighbourhoods in Boston, each with its own unique personality and style. The skyscraper-filled Financial District is also home to the impressive New England Aquarium. Many young professionals and families live in South Boston, while the city’s richest residents live in wealthy Beacon Hill. Jamaica Plain is probably the most fashionable and stylish neighbourhood, and in elegant Back Bay, you can enjoy the classic Brownstone buildings that the city is famous for. The area of Fenway is where you will find Fenway Park, the stadium of the Red Sox baseball team. Boston Common dates back to 1634 and is the oldest city park in the USA. It is the perfect place to take a walk, ride the famous swan boat, or perhaps visit the graves of soldiers from the American Revolution.

Boston’s layout is different to that of other American cities. Where many US cities use an easy-to-navigate grid system (like in New York for example), the streets of Boston are more European in style, with plenty of narrow and winding alleys. This makes it a really enjoyable city to walk around, as you never know what you may find round the next corner! It’s great fun to go for a long walk on Boston Common, especially along the 4-kilometre long Freedom Trail. This walk takes you past many different sites that are important to the American Revolution (such as the USS Constitution Museum and the Paul Revere House) and finally finishes up at Faneuil Hall marketplace. The marketplace is vibrant and colourful and filled with plenty of shops, restaurants, galleries and street performance artists who spend their days entertaining the crowds.

You can enjoy many different types of food as you dive into Boston’s great restaurant scene. There are many diverse cuisines thanks to the influence of the ethnic groups that have made Boston their home over the last century. These include authentic Italian, Chinese, Indian, Brazilian, Japanese and Guatemalan cuisine among others.

Boston is such a great city to visit because so many of its top sights and attractions are within easy walking distance. For journeys further afield, visitors can use the efficient public transport system, which includes the bus and the subway, also known as the T.

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Where to stay in Boston

Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
3.5 out of 5
207 Porter St, Boston, MA
The price is SG$182 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in East Boston, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Long Wharf, New England Aquarium and Quincy Market. Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Boston Harbor ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,386 reviews)
"We loved our room, it had a separate living area in addition to the bedroom, with a bath that attached to both. Unfortunately the rest of the amenities were closed due to Covid, but everything looked lovely."

Reviewed on 10 May,2021

Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
Club Quarters Hotel in Boston
Club Quarters Hotel in Boston
4 out of 5
161 Devonshire St, Boston, MA
The price is SG$196 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Downtown Boston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market. Boston Opera House and New ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,436 reviews)
"The best thing is the front desk staff"

Reviewed on 9 May,2021

Club Quarters Hotel in Boston
Revere Hotel Boston Common
Revere Hotel Boston Common
4 out of 5
200 Stuart St, Boston, MA
The price is SG$262 per night from 10 Jun to 10 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Downtown Boston, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Charles Playhouse, Boch Center, and Wilbur Theatre. Copley Square and Boston Common ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,207 reviews)
"The property was in good shape and the environment was great and clean."

Reviewed on 11 May,2021

Revere Hotel Boston Common
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.
Theater District 30 Day Stays 2bedroom den
Theater District 30 Day Stays 2bedroom den
1 Nassau St, Boston, MA
The price is SG$477 per night from 2 Jun to 2 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Chinatown, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Tufts Medical Center, Boston Opera House and Boch Center. Charles Playhouse and Wilbur ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Girls vacation
"Great area and price for us."

Reviewed on 8 May,2021

Theater District 30 Day Stays 2bedroom den
North East Downtown Boston Rentals
North East Downtown Boston Rentals
3 out of 5
257 Hanover St, Boston, MA
The price is SG$389 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in North End, this apartment building is steps away from Paul Revere House and The Freedom Trail. Boston Harbor and Faneuil Hall Marketplace are also ...
North East Downtown Boston Rentals
Theater District 30 Day Stays 2bedroom den
Theater District 30 Day Stays 2bedroom den
1 Nassau St, Boston, MA
The price is SG$470 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Chinatown, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Tufts Medical Center, Boston Opera House and Boch Center. Charles Playhouse and Wilbur ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Perfect location
"I was not familiar with Boston so I was nervous about location. It ended up being perfect. Easy to navigate to either driving or walking. Clean, beautiful and so convenient. Thank you."

Reviewed on 2 Apr,2021

Theater District 30 Day Stays 2bedroom den
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.

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Reviews of Boston

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17 Mar 2020

Would definitely recommend Boston but not in the middle of a global pandemic!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

Boston Tea Party. Freedom Trail. Prudential Building.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Feb 2020

Best city in the USA for repeat visits

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Jan 2020

Fantastic city. Good for just about anything. Good bars, eateries, history, shopping, walking.

5/5 - Excellent

Susan

8 Jan 2020

Boston has plenty for everyone, particularly history buffs. A great city for walking, but also has excellent tube links, should you wish to go further afield. Plenty of art galleries and museums, but shopping can be expensive, as can eating out.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Jan 2020

I would recommend a weekly T pass if you are there for a week. The hotel is easily accessible via the T if you have limited luggage. The T is a great way to get around without having to pay costly fees to cabs.