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Nicknamed ‘The Cradle of Liberty’, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. The capital of Massachusetts, it is a hub of culture, art, history, education, and some of the world's most iconic sports teams. Rent a car in Boston and spend your time touring round its diverse neighbourhoods, sampling classic New England chowder and cheering on the Red Sox at Fenway Park. You’ll soon know why this is a 'shining city on the hill'. Let’s go Boston!

It's your choice: Where to go in Boston

Flights to Boston arrive at Logan International Airport (BOS) which serves a huge amount of domestic and international destinations. The airport is five miles away from the city centre making it a straightforward drive. There are daily London to Boston flights which take around seven hours and 40 minutes. Once you rent a car in Boston, you can get to know this popular city a little better. It is made up of a series of boroughs and districts, each of which provide their own characteristics. Boston’s Downtown area is where you will find all the popular attractions such as the Freedom Trail and Faneuil Hall while the affluent area of Back Bay is full of restaurants, bars, cafes, and the famous Fenway Park. Venture out over the Charles River to neighbouring Cambridge, where you can visit Harvard University, or take a drive to Dorchester to visit the JFK Library.

Things to do in Boston

Once you check in to one of the many Boston hotels, you can embark on the many things to do in Boston. Learn about the city’s history by walking the Freedom Trail, where you follow the red brick path from the Boston Common to Charlestown. You will pass 16 significant points related to U.S. history, including Faneuil Hall. A marketplace and meeting hall since 1743, it has been the scene of speeches by famous Bostonians such as Samuel Adams and James Otis, who advocated for independence from Great Britain. If you want to indulge in a spot of culture then head to the Museum of Fine Arts and wander through thousands of exhibits. All anyone in Boston will want to know is if you have been to Fenway Park. This iconic baseball stadium has been home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912, one of the most successful teams in MLB, and is a special sight on gameday.

Important info about Boston

Massachusetts’ first governor, John Winthrop, once described Boston as a 'shining city on the hill' and it is somewhere that has been ever-present throughout the history of the US. Boston, considered the birthplace of American liberty, was the scene of battles during the Revolutionary War. The city is also known for its vast population descended from Irish immigrants. Every step you take in Boston, you will find another piece of history while the distinct accent and welcoming nature of the locals make for a unique visit. You won’t find any more fanatical sports fans in the U.S. than in Boston. If you're there in season, be sure to take in a Red Sox or New England Patriots game. The Boston Marathon, meanwhile, is one of the most famous races in the world. Given Boston’s location on the East Coast of the U.S., it endures freezing cold temperatures in the winter while enjoying warm summers. Visit in the autumn, however, and see Massachusetts bathed in a multi-colour of fallen leaves.

Weather in Boston
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Country USA
Language English
Currency US dollar
Time-Zones EDT/EST
Country Code +1

Good to know

Driving in this city is an experience and once you rent a car in Boston you will discover why. It is an in-joke among people on the East Coast about navigating the roads of Massachusetts’ busiest cities. Unlike New York, Boston does not have a grid-style layout and you have to watch out for pedestrians who are liable to walk out. You are likely to encounter the famous Bostonian driving skills so take extra care as some drivers are a little impatient. Like a lot of major cities, Boston is becoming increasingly bike-friendly, so be aware of cyclists. Rush hours are extremely busy and tend to start around 4pm on weekdays and last until around 7pm. This is also similar to when the Patriots or Red Sox are at home.

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What to taste in Boston

Given its proximity to the New England coast, Boston does some pretty special seafood. No visit is complete without a hot bowl of clam chowder, a thick, warming combination of shellfish, pork or bacon, potatoes, and cream with a side of crunchy oyster crackers. Another favourite among Bostonians is lobster and while you can have a classic lobster roll, there is nothing more decadent than lobster mac ‘n cheese. Chow down on huge chunks of melt-in-your-mouth seafood layered over gooey macaroni and cheese. For the carnivores, fuel your sightseeing with a hearty roast beef sandwich topped with pickles, onions and mustard. For a city referred to as ‘Beantown’, a helping of Boston baked beans is a must. A traditional Native American dish, these slow-baked beans are infused with molasses and paired with croutons. Something for dessert? A cannoli from the North End, naturally.

What to bring to your friends from Boston

Have you even been to Boston if you don’t return with a Red Sox baseball cap? If sporting memorabilia is your thing, visit a New England Patriots store in Boston and pick up a jersey, novelty mug, and much more from the multiple Super Bowl winning franchise. If you’re looking for something a little different, buy an MBTA token. Boston has the oldest transit system in the US and these coins are a timeless piece of currency, forever a part of the city’s history. Or create your own memories by purchasing wooden road signs of the famous sights in Massachusetts, from Harvard to Fenway Park. They'll provide a reminder of your driving break in Boston.