New England has a wealth of renowned attractions, including lakes, beaches, mountains and, of course, Boston. The city is the most popular destination in the northeastern state of Massachusetts. Despite being a hub of travel, business and culture, the city is relatively compact, covering just 46 square miles. Boston's geography makes it the ideal getaway for water lovers, with the Charles River, the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the harbour all within close proximity to the city centre.
A flight to and hotel in Boston offer the chance to delve into the captivating history of this wonderful city and country. Boston, or the 'Cradle of Liberty' as it’s sometimes referred to, was the birthplace of the American Revolution and provides the opportune setting for learning about America’s impressive history.
What to know before you fly
As a global city, Boston is served by expansive and modern Logan International Airport (BOS ). Flights between the UK and Boston run regularly. City breaks to Boston from London begin with a swift flight time of 7.5 hours. A similar route from Manchester will likely involve a layover but can still be completed in under 11 hours.
Whereas you may require a visa before flying to the US, this can be arranged easily and inexpensively. Boston is five hours behind the UK, and the local currency is the US dollar. Bostonians speak English with a distinctive accent, typified by extenuated ‘ah’ sounds and dropping the letter ‘r’.
When to head to Boston
While package holidays to Boston are popular year round, it’s worth noting the area's seasonal variations. From June to October, the area draws more travellers due to the warmer weather, which usually ranges from 20°C to 24°C. Winter will be much colder, but Boston in the snow is truly enchanting and may make the nippy weather worth it!
You may wish to schedule your flight to and hotel in Boston around a particular event. As an open and friendly city, Boston celebrates a number of annual events, welcoming locals and visitors alike. New Year’s Eve is recognised by Boston's traditional First Night First Day, a community celebration of fireworks and music to mark the passing of one year to the next. The Boston Wine Festival is another key attraction at this time of year, while summertime brings Harborfest – family fun and live entertainment in honour of the city’s history and America’s Independence Day.
Sea breeze walks and bookish vibes
Boston is a very walkable city, so all ages will enjoy a wander down to the harbour. Following Boston’s Harborwalk, a 40-mile pedestrian-friendly stretch along the waterfront. It brings you to the USS Constitution Museum, an interactive playground where adults and kids can learn about the US Navy ship. Other enthralling cultural pleasures are the Boston’s Children’s Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art, whose sharp angles and glass panels are a work of art on their own.
No weekend in Boston is complete without a visit to Cambridge, home of prestigious Harvard University. With it being a short subway journey from Boston's city centre, you can easily check out the leafy, picturesque, redbrick institution that boasts JFK, Bill Gates and Barack Obama as its former students.
What not to miss in Boston
There are certain experiences that all package holidays to Boston should include. Refer to this handy list to get the most out of your trip!
Spend a Wednesday evening viewing the stars at the free Coit Observatory.
Be blown away by a live performance at Boston Symphony Hall, one of the most acclaimed concert halls in the world.
Follow the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile route passing the city’s historical sites.
Escape to Castle Island and imposing Fort Independence.
Ride an iconic Swan Boat in the Boston Public Garden.
A weekend in Boston is one for the senses: the local gastronomy is not to be missed. To taste seafood chowder amid historical surroundings, check out Union Oyster House, which first opened its doors in 1826. To indulge in delicious Bostonian comfort food cosied up next to friendly locals, head to Highland Kitchen and dig into grilled cheese, chilli and fried seafood. For something a little more refined, try a sophisticated dining experience at La Brasa or Juliet.
Conclude city breaks to Boston with a souvenir shopping stint
A Red Sox baseball hat is the ultimate memento for any sports fan looking to take home a bit of Boston. And don’t forget cannoli – these scrumptious Italian treats will be a hit with friends and family (if you don’t succumb to temptation and eat them all yourself before getting home!).
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