Foodies: New England lobster rolls at Eventide Fenway, Boston cream pie at Omni Parker House, small-batch bagels at Bagelsaurus; Boston city breaks can be a real culinary adventure.
Couples: Start your day with a romantic walk through the Public Garden and Boston Common, take a Lighthouse Brunch Cruise out on the water, and indulge yourself with a wine tour. This is the perfect place for couples to relax.
History buffs: Learn all about American colonial history, the Boston Tea Party and explore as many of the city’s 300 historic sites as you can. Boston city breaks are a real treat for history lovers.
Currency: US Dollar ($)
Local time: 5 hours behind GMT/UK time
Fly to: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 7 hours 30 minutes
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 re-enter the US. Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
Best time to visit: Late September to November, during the colourful autumn season
‘Fall’ brings beautiful colours to Boston and New England, and this is one of the most stunning times of year in the city. Temperatures can reach around 17°C, so it’s nice and mild. If you’re visiting in winter, you’ll want to bring a warm coat and a pair of boots; if you’re lucky, you might even enjoy some snow. Looking for the hottest month of the year? That’s July, when it can reach highs of 28°C.
On foot: Believe it or not, Boston’s a really compact city, so it’s easy to navigate on foot. It only takes around an hour to walk across the heart of the city, and you won’t want to miss out on a stroll along the Charles River Esplanade; the views of the skyline are amazing from here.
Subway: You can get around quickly and cheaply with the subway (it’s called ‘T’), which runs throughout the city and gives you access to all the main attractions. The ‘T’ signs tell you where the stops are.
Taxi: They’re readily available on the streets, so just hail one down when you see one, and they’re particularly useful outside of the subway operating hours.
Boston Wine Festival: This sophisticated three-month event is all about fine wines and amazing menus. It’s America’s longest running food and wine pairing series, and it’s held in the elegant Boston Harbour Hotel from January through to March.
Fourth of July: When Independence Day arrives, you can expect big celebrations to take the city by storm. There’s a fantastic celebratory atmosphere everywhere you go, with parades, cruises entertainers, fireworks, and so much more. This is a great time for a Boston city break.
Boston Marathon: It’s the world’s biggest annual marathon, and one of the most famous road-running events, runs on Patriot’s Day (the third Monday in April). Over 500,000 spectators come to watch every year.