Wind your way around Boston by foot for the most spectacular views of historical buildings up close, beautiful parklands and the glorious harbour that surrounds the city. The Beacon Hill district is particularly enchanting. You could spend hours wandering through the brownstone townhouses and muddle of antique shops and tearooms. Pick up a hot coffee along the way and don't rush – this city deserves your attention.
Boston's excellent transport system makes flying about the city on train and tram a fun-filled breeze. The lines extend from the urban city centre to gorgeous surrounding suburbs like Harvard – essential on your to-see list if you visit, and accessed on the Red Line. Purchase a CharlieCard at any station for discounts on your fares, which start from US$1.70 for a single trip.
Make the most of Boston's amazing waterscape and hop on a boat to marvel at the city's famous towering skyscrapers and old stone buildings from afar. The harbour is bustling with boat traffic that shuffles residents between points like Charlestown and East Boston. The MBTA is your best ferry option, with fares starting from a low US$1.70 per person.
Embrace the tourist within and jump on a guided Tour Bus. Stopping at the city's essential sights, you can ensure you've ticked off all the important bits. It's probably your best option for the first day. Get to know the city layout before you explore close up. Discover Boston by land and sea on board a Duck Tour, departing from the Science Museum daily.
Experience Boston in faux-historical style with a two-hour guided tour of the city and its suburbs on board an old fashioned tram. Sit back, relax and learn about some of the city's fascinating political and cultural history. Have a beer at the Cheers Beacon Hill bar, explore the stunning squares of Harvard College and marvel at the stunning marine life at New England's world class aquarium.
A brutal history of witch hunting in Boston's surrounding town of Salem makes for a thrilling family day tour. Salem contains some fascinating artefacts, architecture and old documents from as early as 1692, detailing this gruesome period in American history. Visit the museum, Nathaniel Hawthorne's Custom House and Pickering Wharf. Prices start from around US$42 per adult.
Boston boasts some spectacular backdrops, so it's no surprise that it has been used as the setting for some of the world's top grossing movies and TV shows like Cheers and The Town. On this walking tour, step into the settings of 25 of the most famous movie scenes, from benches on Boston Common (Good Will Hunting) to the mob hangouts from The Departed.
Beacon Hill is one of Boston's most picturesque areas. Boasting gorgeous cobbled, tree-lined avenues, majestic brownstone 19th century terraces and charming churches, there's a photo opportunity around every corner. Learn how to the capture the charm to perfection on a 90-minute walking tour with a photography expert. Departing every Tuesday and Saturday morning from Beacon Street, prices start from around US$30 per adult.
Jump on board a two-hour guided tour bus to see Boston's top sights and get a feel for the city layout. Next, soak up some of fascinating cultural attractions. Start off at the Skywalk Observatory to get a breathtaking Boston Harbor view. Afterwards, see the city from the sea and head to the aquarium, offering an incredible array of marine life. Before the sun goes down, make sure you visit the Museum of Science. That night try and catch a game at Fenway Park for that all-American experience.
Boston's history demands a day of your undivided attention. Start in Salem, exploring the gruesome stories behind the country's most brutal witch-hunts. Next, explore the Battle Trail, visiting some of America's most important and iconic landmarks like Cambridge Common, Tory Row and Lexington Green. Next, visit Old State Hall and the Boston Massacre site, and afterwards head out of the Common to Thinking Cup for the best coffee in the city. Spend the rest of the afternoon indulging in some retail therapy on Newbury Street.
Catch the Red Line from the city centre to world famous Harvard College. Enjoy a day spent wandering through the university's exquisite squares and cobbled lanes. Stop in tiny pocket-sized coffee shops and people-watch, with attention paid to the students scurrying to and from classes. Back in Boston, head to Beacon Hill for a walk around the city's most beautiful residential area, popping into antique shops, coffeehouses and marveling at the gorgeous 19th century architecture.
Jump on a ferry and explore Boston's beautiful waters with a trip to George Island. A favourite weekend excursion amongst locals, the ride takes just 20 minutes. Explore the eerie labyrinth of tunnels at Fort Warren and marvel at the Boston city skyline from afar. Back on land, wind your way to Quincy Markets for a seafood feast at the Atlantic Seafood Company and a browse around the trinket shops. That evening, head to the iconic Cheers Beacon Hill bar to perch on a bar stool and soak up the familiar ambience from the famous TV show.
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