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89.63 sq mi (232.14 km2)
141 ft (43 m)
Boston, the state capital, is situated in the Massachusetts Bay, near the mouth of the Charles Mystic rivers. The city was founded in the first half of the 17th Century, and grew in the 18th Century, parallel with its increase in economic fortune. As the city of Boston grew, it encompassed those villages on its outskirts and became the most important Atlantic business centre. Boston’s complex urban network is made up of minor villages that have been swallowed up by the ever-expanding city; all this, located in a setting rich in hills and lakes make Boston a relatively difficult city to travel around. The city stretches along a series of small peninsulas, linked by a system of bridges and tunnels, which give the city the feel of an elegant province with a tendency towards being a modern metropolis. From various locations around Boston, it is possible to comprehend the history of the city. Old Boston can be seen in what remains of the old road network in North End and some of the rare buildings to be found in the Beacon Hill residential district. Some of the buildings in this area date back to the first half of the 18th century, such as the renaissance building which houses the Public Library(1852) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) building (1723).
The city is serviced by the Logan International Airport and numerous rail links. Boston’s fishing port is the most important in the USA
The city transport system consists of four metropolitan lines, five boat lines and 170 bus routes, that function from 6:30am until late in the evening, allowing the visitor easy and cheap access to the city.
Hotels and lodging
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- The Millenium Hotel, Boston: This hotel is located right in the heart of downtown Boston. Everything is in walking distance, and the hotel is a very luxurious 5-star hotel, with free Wi-Fi, beautiful views, and excellent staff. You'll be happy if you stayed here.
- Westin Copley Place This place is quite nice.
- Fairmont Copley Plaza Very beautiful hotel with lots of history.
- The Ritz Carlton Right on Newbury Street for shopping and near the Swan Boats in Boston Common.
- The Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston On the banks of the Charles River, overlooking the Boston skyline.
- Four Seasons Hotel Boston offers 273 guest rooms, including 76 suites. Four Seasons Hotel Boston was built in 1985 and renovated in 1993, and offers the Anjourd'hui Restaurant with chef William Kovel.
- Boston Vacation Rentals Search on FlipKey to find the perfect rental to complete your stay!
- Residence Inn Boston Nothshore/Danvers - 51 Newbury Street, Route 1. Danvers, Massachusetts 01923. Phone: 1+978-777-7171. Offers apartment style living for an extended stay in the north Boston area.
- Courtyard Boston Logan Airport - 225 William F. McClellan Highway. Phone: +1 617-569-5250. Located one mile from the Logan International Airport.
- Boston Marriott Burbank - One Burlington Mall Road. Burlington, MA. Phone: +1 781-229-6565. Located near Boton's North Share.
- SpringHill Suites Boton Andover - located in the hear of the Merrimack Valley. Phone: 1+978-688-8200
- Residence Inn Baltimore BWI Airport - 1160 Winterson Road. Linthicum, MA. Phone: +1-410-691-0255. Located two miles from the BWI Airport and offers complimentary shuttles services to the airport.
Online Hotel Search Options
- Boston Hotel Desk Online Hotel Reservation Service for Hotels in Boston
- Newbury Street for high-end shopping and high-end people watching.
- Swan Boats in Boston Common
- Forget the swans... ride a Duck!
- Faneuil Hall is a fun place. 18 million visitors each year, which is more than Disneyland!
Plymouth is home to a full-size replica of the Mayflower, the ship used by the Pilgrim Fathers when they first arrived in 1620.
Harvard University, founded only 16 years after the arrival of the Pilgrim Fathers, merits a visit. Whilst touring the university grounds, it is possible to see the Jonston Gate, the Massachusetts Hall and the University Hall, with its bronze statue of the founder John Harvard.
Botany lovers should explore the Arnold Arboretum (125 Arborway), which boasts a fine collection of trees, bushes, bonsai, lilacs, roses and Chinese plants. The Observatory of the Prudential Centre Sky Walk skyscraper offers fine views over the city of Boston and on clear days, it is possible to see as far as Cape Cod. A worth-while tour is that of the Boston Duck Tour, an amphibious craft, that takes its passengers both along the city streets and onto the Charles River. For a more relaxing tour, try a cruise of the bay and discover the many small islands.
Boston is a city of neighborhoods. From the historic North End, to the cosmopolitan Newbury Street, to the neighborhoods of Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, and the South End, Boston is an exciting city for shoppers of all kinds.
Maps and transportation
Getting to Boston
The Old Sturbridge Open-Air Museum, 60 miles from Boston, in the heart of New England, narrates the history of the USA.
Nantucket is located south of Boston. This island, made famous by Melville and his story Moby Dick, is one of the most popular tourist spots on the east coast. Nantucket is located off the coast of Cape Cod, a peninsula which stretches from Sandwich to Provincetown. Much of the east coast of the peninsula has been declared a protected nature zone.
Quincy Market was once the city’s open air market, today it is now a bustling centre of shops and restaurants. By taking the fly-over from here, the visitor arrives in North End, the Italian district of the city, the site of a fruit and fish market, which is held every Saturday. Beyond the old port, where restaurants line the waterfront, there are rows of old houses, which once belonged to Boston’s fishermen. The city’s principle street for shopping is Boylston Street. Newbury Street , running parallel to Boylston Street, has numerous health-food stores. The buildings along Commonwealth Avenue, house a large number of university student associations.
Practical information and resources
Currency : US $ sub-divided into 100 cents.
Electric supply: 110-120 V, 60 Hz
Climate : Humid, the average annual temperature in Boston is between 10-11 °C. The State often has hurricanes and tornadoes.
Opening hours : The shops are usually open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm, the large shopping centres until 8pm. The banks are open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm.
Telephones : Telephone code: 617
- Dante and Gallery Cafe, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Both restaurants overlook the Charles River and in the nice weather, have outdoor patios for dining.
Review restaurants, bars, boutiques, and other Boston businesses on Citysquares.com
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- One site that is useful for people looking for restaurants, retailers, and just about any other kind of business in Boston is Citysquares.com.
- Another good site is HeyLetsGo, a Boston Event Calendar. It's a good way to meet people and find out what's happening here.
- Boston Review
- Boston MA Hotels Discover the best hotel for your vacation.
- Boston Learn about some of the finer points of traveling to Boston as well as finding the perfect accommodations and rentals.