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Boston
Travel Guide

Boston Common showing a statue or sculpture, a garden and a monument

History and heritage, shopping and dining, sport and academic prowess – just some of beautiful Boston’s many attractions.

Boston traces its history back to 1630, which is ancient by North American standards. Famous as the cradle of the American Revolution, this lovely, laid-back city is a jewel in the crown of New England. See the major sights on a short break, or spend longer getting to know this friendly community on the banks of the Charles River.

Over six million people live in the 21 neighbourhoods of Boston, ranging from trendy Jamaica Plain and South Boston to upmarket Beacon Hill and historic Back Bay, where most of the city’s iconic brownstone buildings are situated. Nearby Fenway Park is the home of the world-famous Boston Red Sox baseball team, while the Financial District has added controversial modern skyscrapers to the historic Boston skyline.

Boston Common, the oldest city park in the USA, is a green and airy oasis in the busy “downtown” area and a favourite meeting place for families and friends, especially in summer when the quirky swan boats take to the water. The common is also the start of the Freedom Trail, a 4-kilometre walk that passes many of the city’s major historical landmarks, including Paul Revere House, home of the famous patriot and hero of the Revolution. A popular stop-off point on the trail is the market at Faneuil Hall, where you can snatch a quick bite to eat while enjoying the street performers and the lively atmosphere.

The city has a wealth of museums where you can spend a day admiring fine art or learning more about the natural world. Visit world-famous Harvard University to wander among its historic buildings and absorb its special atmosphere, or lose yourself in Boston’s twisting streets and tranquil squares.

The city centre is compact enough to explore on foot, but when you need a rest the public transport system is convenient, reliable and easy to navigate. As the evening closes in, sample some of the eclectic local cuisine, which reflects the influence of decades of immigration in the early part of the 20th century, or make friends with the locals in one of the city’s famous Irish bars.

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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 NZ$151 per night from 6 May to 7 May
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! (1,352 reviews)
"Super happy with the service! The kind front desk attendant sent the shuttle to the airport to get me and instructed me on how to find it! Very, very accommodating and pleasant!"

Reviewed on 16 Apr. 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 NZ$151 per night from 29 Apr. to 30 Apr.
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! (1,438 reviews)
"It was clean and accessible"

Reviewed on 16 Apr. 2021

Club Quarters Hotel in Boston
The Bostonian Boston
The Bostonian Boston
4 out of 5
26 North St, Boston, MA
The price is NZ$148 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Downtown Boston, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Faneuil Hall Marketplace and New England Aquarium. TD Garden and Boston Common ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,823 reviews)
"Loved everything about my experience. It was my Birthday weekend so we stayed for 2 nights. Room was amazing! Costumer service was also great!! I will be back here again."

Reviewed on 14 Apr. 2021

The Bostonian Boston
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.
North East Downtown Boston Rentals
North East Downtown Boston Rentals
3 out of 5
257 Hanover St, Boston, MA
The price is NZ$434 per night from 28 Apr. to 29 Apr.
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
Sonder - Pierce Boston
Sonder - Pierce Boston
4 out of 5
Brookline Avenue, Boylston St, Boston, MA
The price is NZ$317 per night from 27 Apr. to 28 Apr.
Located in Fenway–Kenmore, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Longwood Medical Area, Fenway Park and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (71 reviews)
"I liked the views. I didn’t like having to use chrome cast for tv. And we couldn’t get any local stations or normal tv. Only able to do Netflix and Amazon"

Reviewed on 18 Feb. 2021

Sonder - Pierce Boston
Theater District 30 Day Stays 2bedroom den
Theater District 30 Day Stays 2bedroom den
1 Nassau St, Boston, MA
The price is NZ$625 per night from 10 May to 11 May
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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3 Jan. 2020

Boston is beautiful. Loved Little Italy. Definitely walk the Freedom Trail!

5/5 - Excellent

MA

15 Nov. 2019

Amazing city with rich history with beautiful charm and very friendly people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Oct. 2019

Loved it. Beautiful city. Easy to get around. Fabulous gardens. Great dining experiences.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Oct. 2019

Easy to get around. Taxi fare reasonable. South Station easy to navigate.

5/5 - Excellent

Kent

1 Oct. 2019

Very clean, friendly and a pleasant city. Easily walkable or reachable to most areas by bike. Great vibe and excellent restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

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30 Sep. 2019

A guided tour of Fenway Park should not be missed.

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