Boston is the capital of Massachusetts in the Northeast of the US. Its pioneering role in shaping the history of the United States can be traced on the Freedom Trail, taking in significant landmarks such as the Paul Revere House, where the American patriot plotted his revolution.

    Boston is a major cultural hub, with one of the “Big Five” American orchestras, a world-class opera company, and a famous theater district. The Red Sox baseball team has been playing home games in iconic Fenway Park since 1912, while Harvard is one of the world’s most prestigious universities.

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    Where & what to eat in Boston

    Food and Dining in Boston attract foodies from all over to the city's delicious seafood, baked goods, and ethnic regions with their eclectic fusion food offerings to delight your tastebuds. Some of the most exciting experiences include the City Brew Tours offering where you can learn to make beer at home, the Tour de Mexico at Rosa Mexicano, or Sushi Mondays at Empire. Many restaurants here offer al fresco dining... Read more

    Where to shop & what to buy in Boston

    Shopping in Boston lets you explore urban chic, classic, upscale, funky, traditional, boutique, and big-box in an amazing selection of commercial streets and areas. Some of the most distinctive shopping experiences can be had at CambridgeSide, Prudential Centre, and Copley Place. You can also hit up the open-air shopping at Faneuil Hall Market Place or Patriot Place. Boston also offers seasonal pop-up stores, art galleries, brownstone upscale... Read more

    Where to go & what to do at night in Boston

    Boston Nightlife offers a thriving scene with everything from quaint, quiet pubs to back-alley bars, thumping nightclubs, theatres, and even late-night restaurants. Whether you want a vibrant night out on the town or a cosy cocktail bar experience with some jazz piano in the background, Boston at night is the place to be. You can catch the best international music acts at Big Night Live, or head for... Read more

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    Take a Boston vacation and explore a rich Revolutionary heritage, the prestigious Harvard University and world-class art galleries. Book a Boston hotel to sample the city’s delicious seafood and the thrill of a Red Sox baseball game.

    American history

    Boston is steeped in early American history. The 2-and-a-half-mile walk along the red-brick Freedom Trail takes in the gold-domed New State House, burying grounds and Old State House where the Declaration of Independence was first read in 1776. Revolution hero Paul Revere’s house is the oldest in North End, a district which dates back to the 1630s. Daily cannon fire from the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat in the world, is a favourite with families. Westwards is Beacon Hill with its cobbled streets and gas street lamps, and neighbouring Back Bay’s Victorian brownstone buildings.

    Art and culture

    Egyptian scrolls, American masters and a Japanese garden stand out at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, near the Back Bay Fens, a short tram ride west of downtown. Nearby, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is set in a Venetian-style palazzo and houses over 2,500 objects collected by Gardner on her travels. The waterfront Institute of Contemporary Art is the place to head for cutting edge contemporary art.

    Gourmet heaven

    Boston’s diverse cuisine ranges from high-end gastronomy at the Four Seasons’ Aujourd'hui restaurant by Boston Common to succulent steaks at Abe & Louie's in Back Bay. And don’t forget to sample some New England favourites like lobster rolls and cream pie. Waterfront eateries serve fresh seafood while Quincy Market near Faneuil Hall has a tempting selection from clam chowder to dim sum. A trip to North End, Boston’s Little Italy, is a must on a Boston vacation for Sicilian cannoli pastries and cappuccinos. 

    Green spaces and ballparks

    The 50-acre Boston Common, the country’s oldest park, provides a leafy urban escape. In winter, the Frog Pond transforms into an ice-skating rink. Westwards are the landscaped Boston Public Gardens with its quirky swan boats. Walkers love the 40-mile Boston Harborwalk. Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox baseball team, packs out during the April-October season – ask your Boston hotel about tickets.

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