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Boston, MA
Travel Guide

Boston shines as Massachusetts’ revolutionary capital, from Harvard to the Freedom Trail. 

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston dates back to 1630 and was the site of many key battles during the American Revolution. Today, the city is home to more than 6 million people and is known for its quintessential Irish pubs, fanatical Boston Red sox fans and a relaxed, small-town vibe.

Boston has 21 neighborhoods. These include South Boston, popular with young professionals and families; trendy Jamaica Plain, which was gentrified in the early 2000s; wealthy Beacon Hill; and upscale Back Bay, where the city’s iconic brownstone buildings reign supreme. Nearby Fenway is home to Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox baseball team. The more modern Financial District, dense with skyscrapers, is where you’ll find the New England Aquarium. Make time to stroll through the Boston Common in the downtown area. It is the United States' oldest city park, dating from 1634. Take a ride on an iconic swan boat, paddle in the Frog Pond, or see the final resting places of revolutionary soldiers.

With its European-style street pattern, Boston can be a challenge for the uninitiated to navigate. The grid system typical of many American cities doesn’t exist here, but first-time visitors often enjoy getting lost on its narrow, winding streets. From the Boston Common meander through history along the famous Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) course takes you past more than a dozen sites significant to the American Revolution, including Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution Museum. The trail brings you to Faneuil Hall, a marketplace studded with shops, eateries and galleries. Street performers are ever-present here and add to the rowdy atmosphere.

Boston’s cuisine is eclectic, revealing the influence of the many ethnic groups that moved to the city in the early 1900s. East Boston in particular was a magnet for immigrants from Italy, Guatemala, El Salvador and Brazil. You’ll find plates of rich Italian spaghetti and the popular pupusas, tortillas stuffed with meat and beans.

Despite the city’s twisting streets, Boston is relatively compact and easy to explore on foot. For longer journeys, take a bus or the subway, affectionately nicknamed “The T.” Boston’s public transport system is one of the best in the country.

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Where to stay in Boston

Club Quarters Hotel in Boston
Club Quarters Hotel in Boston
4 out of 5
161 Devonshire St, Boston, MA
The price is NT$2,689 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

Located in Downtown Boston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and Quincy Market. Boston Opera House and New ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,439 reviews)

"Tv did not work"…"

Reviewed on 2021/4/10

Club Quarters Hotel in Boston
Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
3.5 out of 5
207 Porter St, Boston, MA
The price is NT$2,937 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

Located in East Boston, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Long Wharf, New England Aquarium, and Quincy Market. Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Boston Harbor are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,334 reviews)

"Nothing really unique but it was convenient to logan international Airport and the shuttle service was very good"…"

Reviewed on 2021/4/10

Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
The Bostonian Boston
The Bostonian Boston
4 out of 5
26 North St, Boston, MA
The price is NT$2,618 per night from May 2 to May 3

Located in Downtown Boston, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Faneuil Hall Marketplace and New England Aquarium. TD Garden and Boston Common ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,826 reviews)

"The hotel location was perfect, close to the North End and many things to do in the historic area. Some of the hotel policies, due to covid, were less than hospitable."…"

Reviewed on 2021/4/9

The Bostonian Boston
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
North East Downtown Boston Rentals
North East Downtown Boston Rentals
3 out of 5
257 Hanover St, Boston, MA
The price is NT$2,835 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27

Located in North End, this apartment building is steps from Paul Revere House and The Freedom Trail. Boston Harbor and Faneuil Hall Marketplace are also within ...

North East Downtown Boston Rentals
Sonder - Pierce Boston
Sonder - Pierce Boston
4 out of 5
Brookline Avenue, Boylston St, Boston, MA
The price is NT$3,472 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28

Located in Fenway–Kenmore, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Longwood Medical Area, Fenway Park, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (69 reviews)

"I liked the views. I didn’t like having to use chrome cast for tv. And we couldn’t get any local stations or normal tv. Only able to do Netflix and Amazon"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/18

Sonder - Pierce Boston
Sonder - Hancock Suites
Sonder - Hancock Suites
3.5 out of 5
40 Hancock Street, Boston, MA

Located in Beacon Hill, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Massachusetts State House and The Freedom Trail. Boston Common and Massachusetts General ...

4.4/5Excellent! (16 reviews)

"Great apartment even better staff! So helpful and nice !!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/10

Sonder - Hancock Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Boston

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Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

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May 18, 2020

I visited Boston during the COVID19 lockdown and needed to go to Providence, RI. The Embassy Suite was a convenient location to hit the freeway. Boston is a wonderful city and I encourage folks to visit at least once during their lifetime.

5/5 - Excellent

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May 5, 2020

The airport crew were very kind

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 14, 2020

Boston is a beautiful city. I love it!

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 6, 2020

Close to Back Bay, Copley Sq.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 29, 2020

Beautiful

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 28, 2020

Due to the outbreak there were many closings and few people about. That was good to walk around to see the city but could not experience the nightlife. There did appear to be a significant amount of homeless in the area until the quarantine began.

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