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.
Temperatures can rise and fall throughout the day, especially in autumn and spring when the forecast is unpredictable. Even in summer pack a raincoat and windbreaker – Boston is notoriously windy at the best of times! But take it all in your boot-and-socks-stride! Boston specialises in some exquisite warming food and donning a pair ear muffs will help you fit right in.
Boston's prices can vary between neighbourhoods, so make sure you aren't spending unnecessarily. Upscale areas like Beacon Hill, Harvard Square and the Back Bay have hiked up prices compared to North End and Kenmore Square. Some museums also offer one free night of the week, so save your cents and fill an evening's itinerary by exploring some of this historical city's ancient artefacts.
You can't visit Boston without visiting the Common. With beautiful native trees, lovely pond areas and quaint bridges it's perfect for a coffee-fuelled stroll during the day. But at night, a few unsavoury characters lurk around the park paths and it's wise to avoid visiting alone. They're mostly harmless folk but reports suggest that certain dwellers can be volatile.
Boston is glorious across the seasons, from the gorgeous gardens of summer to the amber foliage of autumn. A snowy Christmas in Boston is also magical. If you're looking for low prices, visit when the students are out of town between May and June. You can also expect wider accommodation choices and shorter queues when the city is short of 250,000 of its residents.
Fly out of Sydney and into Boston in just over 22 hours with United, stopping in Los Angeles and Denver.
The quickest flight from Perth to Boston will take 27 hours, 30 minutes on Qantas, United and American Airlines.
Fly United and reach Boston in just over 24 hours with stops in Sydney and LA. Subject to your airline, you may find a more direct flight that only has one stopover.
Take the MBTA Harbor Express and get your first glimpse of gorgeous Boston from the glistening surrounding waters. Operating between Logan Airport and Long Wharf in the city's downtown district, the fare will cost you just US$1.70. Or you could take a City Water taxi for a more personal service that will cost around US$10 for a one-way trip.
Fast, affordable and the easiest way to reach Boston city centre if you're not weighed down with luggage. Breeze into Boston on the Blue Line, which leaves every 5 – 13 minutes, running between 05:30am and 12:30am every day. At just US $1.70 for a single trip with a CharlieCard, you'll be saving without much sacrifice at all.
If you're in a group of three or more, this is probably your most comfortable and convenient transport choice. But be warned, Boston traffic can build up, especially in peak hours and your city entrance might be delayed. A trip into the centre should take around 30 minutes and you'll pay a minimum of US $25.
If you prefer to tackle Boston and the greater Massachusetts area on your own terms, you can hire a car. Book ahead and pick up your vehicle at the airport, and then take a smooth trip straight to your accommodation. If you haven't plans beforehand you can simply hire a rental car at one of the many outlets dotted throughout the city.
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.
If you want to taste the most exquisite lobster roll in town, head to this tiny, North End 18-seat oyster bar. Bostonians queue for over an hour to get in, but the wait is worth every sumptuous seafood bite. To begin, indulge in some fresh oysters paired with a bottle from the 'Pearl' wine menu for the perfect Neptune experience.
A coffeehouse wouldn't normally get a mention in a restaurant guide, but Thinking Cup is exceptional. Serving the best coffee in Boston – some would argue the country – it has won the hearts of the city's biggest coffee snobs. Their food also deserves some of the limelight. Delicate, sweet pastries and hearty, healthy sandwiches, this is a must-try lunch destination after a roam in Boston Common.
An award-winning favourite amongst locals, this seafood restaurant in the heart of Boston serves up fresh sea fare daily to perfection. The signature New England chowder is creamy, delicious and will have you longing for one more helping at least. The sea-inspired interior is spacious, bright and contemporary, allowing the seafood aromas to waft and entice you as soon as you enter.
A trendy Back Bay bar boasting the best sashimi dishes around, fresh from the markets of Tokyo. Tucked in the Eliot Hotel, with only 21 seats, it has an exclusive, luxury ambience and their menu has been crafted to deliver the most exotic taste experiences. Winner of Best Sushi Bar 2008, you'll understand why as soon as that first spicy tuna tataki hits your taste buds.
Exposed brick, leather sofas and vast art canvases lit up under the glow of soft lighting. This former jail in the Liberty Hotel is a magnet for locals who race through the doors every weekend for wine and cocktails. If you're feeling peckish, the parmesan French fries are a sophisticated little late-night snack.
Sexy, sophisticated and oozing star appeal, this celeb hangout has hipsters hanging off every corner. This is the place to be seen when in Boston. Global DJs pump up the volume for glamorous girls and boys to strut their stuff across the dance floor. Come to Gypsy for a big night out!
70,000 square feet and three floors of pool tables, bowling lanes, dance areas and bars. This establishment is a favourite for birthdays and dedicated to fun. Head here for a casual, breezy evening spent shooting pool with young professional locals and watching the Red Sox on TV with a local beer in hand.
Boasting some of the best live music in town, this bohemian, brick-clad bistro will have you toe tapping and finger licking from the moment you enter. Rated one of the 'Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the World', sit down to local comfort food with a cocktail pitcher and watch some jaw-droppingly talented acts.
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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