Boston Travel Guide
Called the “Hub of Universe” by some, Boston remains a bookish and cerebral enclave that welcomes millions of visitors every year. It’s arguably Amer. Read More
Called the “Hub of Universe” by some, Boston remains a bookish and cerebral enclave that welcomes millions of visitors every year. It’s arguably America’s greatest walking city, and it’s easy to stroll its historic districts, see a museum or three, and grab dinner on the waterfront within one day.
Some also call it America’s intimate metropolis, or its biggest small town, and either way, it’s a classic and charming New England destination. Boston’s narrow streets and brick buildings give it a distinctive European air—much more so than in most American cities—though it also has its share of modern touches, too. Hotels like the Fairmont Copley and the Langham Boston may be classic mainstays, but the city is now home to a Mandarin Oriental and the proudly rock and roll Verb. Similarly, the city’s food scene spans from impeccable seafood and New England classics to innovative menus from celebrity chefs like Barbara Lynch and Ken Oringer. No matter what your preference, T+L’s Boston travel guide has you covered.
This applies to the city’s many sites, too. Faneuil Hall and shopping on Newbury Street are tried-and-true activities popular among visitors, but dig a little deeper and view masterpieces of art that span millennia at the Museum of Fine Arts, sample gourmet treats from the newly opened Boston Public Market, or get some fresh air hiking around the Boston Harbor Islands.
The weather in Boston is pretty typical to that of other cities in the Northeastern United States: mild springs, warm summers, and snowy winters, but with all it has to offer, there’s no bad time to travel to Boston to see these sites for yourself.
Best Time To Visit
April and May are stunning months to visit Boston, as spring blooms along the city’s parks and green spaces. October and November will show you an authentic New England fall.
Getting around the city is a snap with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (known as the “T”), as it includes subways, buses, and commuter rail services that serve Boston and beyond. A single subway trip costs $2.10, and if you plan on making a number of trips, you might invest in a weekly pass for $19.
January is the coldest month, with an average temperature of 37°F (2.7°C). July is the warmest month, with an average temperature of 82°F (28 °C).
Know Before Visiting
Much in Boston revolves around the area’s colleges and universities, and you’ll find that hotel prices in May and September rise accordingly. Book far in advance to snag a deal during these times, and if you don’t mind the cold, try a visit in January and February. Everything is a bit less crowded and hotel prices are much more reasonable.