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Boston Travel Information

Filled with an impressive history, Boston has been New England's leading city since it was founded in 1624.

Having played a prominent role in the American Revolution, several historic sites relating to that period are preserved as part of the Boston National Historical Park making this a fantastic place for sightseeing.

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Today, cobbled streets, colonial houses and picturesque parks stand in stark contrast to the modern skyscrapers of the financial district.

History buffs, art lovers and culture vultures are all catered for.
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Boston Travel Information

One of America's oldest settlements, Boston is an ideal choice for a really rewarding city break.

Today's visitors find a warm welcome in Boston, through the famous Tea Party of 1773, when chests of British tea were thrown into the harbour, is still remembered.

Boston at night
Boston at night

Now striking modern buildings sit beside old colonial architecture; the leafy public parks and the harbour beckon after a day's spending spree in the stylish shops.

Whether you come to retrace Paul Revere's path along the Freedom Trail or enjoy a beer in 'Cheers', you'll find 'America's most civilised city' a joy to discover.

Getting There
Scheduled flights to Boston can be booked at Hessle Travel with direct flights from the UK with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Delta and American Airlines.  You can also fly from your local airport with a change in London, Europe or the US.

Getting Around Boston
The 'T' underground system runs across the city and over the river for those wanting to visit Harvard.

Harvard University
Harvard University, Boston

Flight time from the UK (London)
Approximately seven hours 30 minutes

Arrival Airport
Boston Logan International Airport

Time Difference
GMT -five hours

Currency
American Dollars

What to Do

The Freedom Trail that traces Boston's role in the American Revolution is one of the best ways to see the city, taking in all the important sites from Boston's history.

Walk along the two and a half miles of red brick embedded in the ground from Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument.

The trail ends at the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship in the world.

Admire Copley Square and Beacon Hill's town houses. Visit the famous Museum of Fine Arts, take an amphibious 'duck tour' or take the T to the Harvard Campus.

Try whale watching off the Cape Cod coast, enjoy Quincy Market or drop into TV's 'Cheers Bar'.

Cheers
Visit the Cheers Bar

For designer bargains try Filene's basement. At one of the many restaurants, try Boston clam chowder or New England lobster.

After shopping on Newbury Street or watching a baseball game at Fenway Park, head out of town to the beaches and pretty villages of Cape Cod, or to stylish Newport in Rhode Island.

Fenway Park
Fenway Park

Boston is also the ideal place to start a road trip to the forests and mountains of Massachusetts and the surrounding states that make up beautiful New England.

Shopping

Boston has its share of department stores, malls and chain outlets, but for something different try Newbury Street for chic boutiques and art galleries, or follow the students up Massachusetts Avenue.

Restaurants

Boston Bakes Beans are one of New England's most loved traditional dishes and they have to be tried during your holiday, but what else is available?

There is a cosmopolitan array of restaurants from Chinatown to North End to suit every taste, but the real emphasis in Boston is on seafood. Head to a lobster loungs and you will be given a plastic bib and metal cracker to delve in to Boston's speciality. Clam chowder and oysters have got to be tried here too.

Boston food
Try the Boston seafood

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What not to miss in Boston

Freedom Trail
Follow the red brick line which connects Boston's 16 most important historical and colonial sites. Maps for this two and a half mile self guided walk are available at the Visitors Information Centre on Boston Common.

Freedom Trail
Follow the red line for the 'Freedom Trail'

Boston Common and Public Garden
The oldest in America, established in 1634, now a place for music, baseball, skateboarding and many special events throughout the year.

U.S.S Constitution
'ld Ironsides' is the U.S. Navy's oldest ship and proud winner of 42 sea battles with the British in the war of 1812. The museum displays memorabilia.

John F Kennedy Library and Birthplace
A memorial to Boston's most famous son, it has a collection of Kennedy memorabilia including his famous rocking chair, a section of the Berlin Wall, the presidential desk and many unique documents and photographs. Located outside of central Boston as is JFK's birthplace at 83 Beals Street in Brookline.

Skywalk Observatory
Prudential Tower offering breathtaking panoramic views of Boston and beyond.

Harvard
Across the Charles River in Cambridge is the renowned Harvard University (arguably the finest in America) plus numerous bookstores, museums and restaurants.

Boston - Highlights

> See the famous Boston Tea Party attraction

> Walk the Freedom Trail that links the historical sites of the War of Independence

> Say 'Cheers' in the famous bar

> Home to the 'Red Sox' baseball team

> Cross the Charles River and visit Harvard University

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