Boston is a city where modern skyscrapers share the streets with historic colonial buildings in a delightful pairing of old an new. It’s a modern, progressive city, but with a respectful awareness of its historic importance. Its location in the heart of New England also affords a natural beauty, particularly apparent during the famous ‘fall’ season when the leaves turn their characteristic russet colour and provide a dazzling contrast to the blue skies. Whether you’re a history buff, a sport fan or a foodie, a holiday to Boston offers the chance to visit excellent museums, stroll in picturesque parks and sample fantastic American cuisine.
Things to do
Walk the Historic Freedom Trail
The Freedom trail is a picturesque 2.5-mile walking tour round the city, taking in the key historic landmarks from Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution. You’ll trace the history of the origins of American independence from colonial times through to the declaration of independence, which is still read from the balcony of Boston Old State House each year on the 4th July. You can walk the Freedom Trail on your own, or with a local guide, some of whom wear historic dress!
Feast on New England lobster
Lobster is New England’s culinary claim to fame, and it’s essential for any Boston Holiday that you try a lobster roll at least once. A great place to visit with the family is The Barking Crab, located right on the Boston waterfront. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and you don a plastic bib and get a metal cracker to tackle the giant claws. The portions are huge but delicious, and if you’re really hungry you can even ‘clambake’ your meal, adding your choice of side dishes including chowder and corn on the cob – delicious!
Visit the home of the Boston Red Sox
Sports fans will love a visit to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team since 1912. It’s also the oldest Major League baseball stadium still in use. The stadium is truly fascinating. You’ll learn about players like the legendary Babe Ruth, see the hand operated scoreboard that’s still manually operated on every match day from a cramped cupboard, and learn the history of the ground’s most memorable moments.
Where to Stay
As well as some stunning contemporary buildings showcasing the best in modernist design, Boston also boasts some beautifully historic houses, which have been converted into luxury hotels perfect for a 5 star holiday. You can choose to stay in the historic city centre, perfectly located for the Freedom Trail, Bunker Hill, and many of Boston’s popular historic sites. Why not base yourself close in the fashionable Back Bay area, which is popular for its excellent shopping, entertainment and nightlife. To feel a sense of the city’s nostalgia, opt for one of the classical hotels from the 1920’s situated near Boston Common and close to the theatre district - perfect for a memorable luxury holiday.
Flight time from the UK (London): Approximately 7 hours 30 minutes.
Arrival Airport: Logan International Airport - Boston.
Entry details (for British passport holders): The US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) allows visits to the US for up to 90 days. All travellers must provide details online at least 72 hours prior to travel. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). While under the VWP, you may visit Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean and reenter the U.S. Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
Time difference: GMT -5 hours
Currency: American Dollar.
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Best time to go:
As the local saying goes, ‘if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes’. Boston’s weather is constantly changing, but there are plenty of outdoor and indoor attractions across the city, so you’ll never be short of ideas. With hot summers and snowy winters, Boston has four very distinct seasons. A great time to visit is during autumn or ‘fall’, when the leaves start to turn and the city starts to take on its characteristic gold and red hue. The temperatures start to drop at this time, so pack a scarf or two and be prepared for bright, crisp autumn days.