Boston is the gateway to New England and one of the most historic cities in America. It is a popular city for a stopover before heading up into Vermont or Maine to see the fall colours or as an alternative stop over to New York on a multi-stop flight itinerary.

Boston is the gateway to New England

Things to see in Boston

There is definitely something for everyone in Boston. If you like history, this is the place to visit and learn more about the place where the British settlers first landed. You can also walk the Freedom Trail which is a 2.5 mile walk around the city and takes you to 16 different historically significant sites relating to the rich history of the American Revolution.

Walk along the 2.5 mile Freedom Walk to discover historic parts of the city

There are plenty of museums in Boston and one of the best aquariums in the world. If you happen to be visiting on 17th March (St Patrick’s Day) you will see the Charles River turn bright green as each year they dye the river to celebrate the Irish holiday!

Boston has a beautiful harbour (from here you can take a trip out and do some whale watching), lovely parks and riverside restaurants. When I visited, I did the old town trolley tour which is a hop on hop off tour using one of the city’s old trolley cars converted into a bus which takes you through all the main areas of Boston with an on-board guide and you can use it all day stopping at various places en route, this was inexpensive at about £25 per adult.

Where to stay

I stayed at the boutique Boxer hotel in the West End. It’s a really good, mid-range hotel, which is centrally located and walking distance to Beacon Hill and the Back Bay - and the hotel itself is in the historic Flatiron building.

If you prefer a luxury hotel then there are plenty of options including the Taj Boston, Langham and the Westin on the Waterfront or my favourite the Four Seasons by the park. There are also many 3* hotels if you're looking for more budget friendly options, consider the Midtown Hotel or the Holiday Inn Express, or ask us for more recommendations.

Getting around

Boston is quite spread out and the Charles River splits the city in two, with many good transport options. I would not recommend hiring a car as the one way systems and Boston’s many tunnels and bridges make it very confusing for non-residents! Plus finding a parking space can be very difficult. The best way to get from the airport is to pre-book a transferm which we can arrange for you.

Once in the city a good way to get around would be to get on to one of the hop-on/hop-off tours otherwise there is an excellent bus system which is inexpensive.


Boston works really well as the first or last stop on a multi-stop ticket including the USA, for example:



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Interested in stopping over in Boston?

If you'd like to include Boston in your plans, we can show you how include it as a stop, and also how to fly into Boston and out of New York, perhaps driving or taking the train in between. Boston is also an amazing starting point for a self-drive around scenic New England, where old colonial history, beautiful national parks and magnificent Autumnal foliage awaits. To start planning a trip to the USA, see our USA tailor-made holiday ideas or USA trip ideas (excluding flights). To book, call us on +44 1273320580 or request a quote by email.

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