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Why Go To Boston

Boston is not only a hub for baseball, brownstones and bookish collegiate types. It's also home to America's first large free municipal public library, the first subway system, the first public school and the first public park. To say the city is historic would be an understatement, but this wicked smart college town doesn't linger in the past, either. A well-rounded trip to Boston integrates the classic with the contemporary: Split your time between cherished sites like the Paul Revere House and Faneuil Hall and modern attractions like the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Venture to Beacon Hill and you'll stumble upon the graceful mansions of yore juxtaposed with chic boutiques and innovative hotels. So, yes, come first for the history, but don't miss out on the opportunity to sample the unmistakable Beantown flavor. 

The city's darker side has garnered a rough-and-tumble reputation thanks to Hollywood appearances in gritty films like "Black Mass," "American Hustle" and "The Town," but Boston's cool, cosmopolitan personality characterizes its trendy restaurants, urban parks and modern museums. Passionate residents are still rooting for their beloved Red Sox, but they're also venturing to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway for a free yoga class or meandering to the edgy SoWa Open Market for some antique shopping. So, grab a stool and join them at their favorite pub to chow down on oyster shooters and New England clam chowder, or venture to Back Bay to sip a coffee as you stroll along the trendy Newbury Street. You'll need more than a few days to experience the city's wealth of cultural and historical offerings, but meandering along Boston's cobblestone streets is a great way to start your exploration. 

Rankings

The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.

Boston is ranked as:

  • #1 in Best Weekend Getaways in New England

  • #1 in Best Places to Visit in August

  • #2 in Best Historical CIties to Visit in the USA

  • #4 in Best Summer Vacations in the USA

  • #7 in Best Fall Vacations

  • #9 in Best Family Summer Vacations

  • #12 in Best Weekend Getaways

  • #14 in Best Summer Vacations

  • #20 in Best Places to Visit in the USA

Best Things To Do In Boston

Boston's nearly four centuries of history are showcased by the city's must-see sights. Start your  tour on the Freedom Trail, which will lead you to landmarks like the Paul Revere House and Boston Common. Or, discover Beantown's artsy side at the Museum of Fine Arts and its fashion sense along Newbury Street. If you're a fan of baseball, you can't miss catching a game at Fenway Park, home to the beloved Red Sox. Though blowing through your travel fund is a cinch in Boston, there are also plenty of things to do that won't cost you a penny; the lovely Boston Public Garden and the lively Faneuil Hall Marketplace can be experienced without opening your wallet.

Boston Travel Tips

  • No cars allowed - Sure, tourists are allowed to drive cars around Boston, but why would you want to? Traffic and narrow roads, along with pricey parking, make driving here a nightmare. Take the "T" or rely on your own two feet.

  • Begin at Boston Common - The nearly 3-mile-long Freedom Trail is a must-do for first-time visitors. To make the most of your tour, start at Boston Common, the country's oldest public park and a convenient starting point for exploring the city's notable historical attractions.

  • You're in Red Sox territory - If you're a die-hard Yankees fan, we'd keep it quiet… just saying.

  • Get a local's perspective - It can feel a bit daunting to try and hit all of Boston's top attractions on a short visit. For a crash course in Boston history, food and culture, consider signing up for a tour. We've selected the 15 best tours.

  • Arrive in winter - Pack the parka and visit in the cooler months. Hotel rates offer the steepest discounts between December and February.

*SOURCE: Information From This Page Can Be Found at U.S. News & World Report