Cheap Flights to Boston
Guide to Boston by Fly.com's Sean Cahill.
One of America’s oldest cities, sophisticated Boston is
home to some its most historically significant sites. Boston tourism
officials note that most visitors to Beantown include the Boston
Common, Boston Tea Party and Boston Massacre sites in their
itineraries. But this quintessential college town – which is said
to have more colleges than any other American city – is also
notoriously proud of its home sporting teams: the Red Sox, Celtics
and Bruins. Every year since 1897, the city has also hosted the
world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon, the Boston
The site of the first Boston Market restaurant in the U.S.,
Boston has recently emerged from its humbler roots to become a leading
culinary destination for its many acclaimed restaurants. This well-read
city is also one of just a handful in the U.S. to still support two
local newspapers, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald.
Pedestrian-friendly Boston offers a
lively blend of historic sites, upscale shopping, chic hotels and fine
dining. As the home to world-famous Harvard
University, MIT and a plethora of other colleges, its bookstores and
bars are abuzz with activity. Its world-class museums include the
Museum of Fine Arts and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
The city’s three-mile Freedom Trail offers a walking tour around
the heart of historic Boston. And no trip would be complete without
seeing the Boston Public Garden, a beautiful park located near the city
center. The best shopping locations include Copley Place Mall,
Newbury Street, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and Downtown Crossing.
When to Go
Throngs of visitors
come to Boston year-round, but tourism peaks between April and
November. The periods around college graduation – late May and
June -- are especially busy. The slowest time is January-March, which
tends to coincide with the city’s most unpredictable
weather. For moderate temperatures, spring and fall are your best
How to Get There
more than 40 airlines, Logan International Airport is New
England’s largest. Situated about two miles from the city center,
there are several public airport transportation options to downtown and
suburban locations. Amtrak's high-speed Acela provides fast
service between Washington,
New York, and
Boston. Known by locals as simply The “T”,
Boston’s public transportation system offers subway, bus,
commuter rail and boat service almost everywhere in the Greater Boston
area and beyond.
Freedom Trail: This is a great way to get acquainted with Boston. It
takes about an hour to walk. Allow more time to check out its
Revolutionary landmarks at a more leisurely pace.
Public Garden: Adjacent to Boston Common along Charles Street, it is
the country’s oldest botanical garden. Each spring, the famous
swan boats return. In winter, its pond becomes an ice-skating rink.
Quincy Market: Also known as Faneuil Hall Marketplace, this is
a unique indoor-outdoor market for shopping and dining.
Fenway Park: This venerable institution has been energizing
fans of the Red Sox since 1912. Its intimate setting makes fans feel
like they are part of the game.
Cheers Boston: Many
visitors make a beeline for Cheers Boston (formerly the Bull &
Finch), which famously inspired the TV show “Cheers.”
Located in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, it offers souvenirs
galore and pub food.
Boston’s Museum of Science:
Features dozens of displays and exhibits, which are continually updated
to ensure a new experience on every visit. Its five-story IMAX dome
screen shows many new films.
Boston Pops: The
world-famous orchestra features top musicians. The orchestra is so
influential that household-name performers frequently agree to perform
Or you can even take a kayak
tour on the Charles River!