History comes to life in Boston. The city played a central role in the American Revolution—sites rich in significance to the nation’s founding lie around almost every corner. But Boston isn’t stuck in the past. World-class colleges, a thriving arts and music scene and flourishing technology, finance and professional services firms demonstrate the city’s ability to grow with the times. With tourist appeal and well-developed infrastructure, the meetings and events industry is also growing significantly.
Getting to and from the airport
Logan International Airport is 3 miles (about 5 kilometers) from downtown. Taxi service is available on the arrival level of each terminal. Airport shuttle buses provide free service between terminals and the airport station on the city’s subway line. Buses run about every five minutes from stops on the lower level of each terminal. The Logan Express bus offers nonstop service between the airport and downtown. Buses depart from Terminal A. A one-way ride costs $7.50 and takes 30-45 minutes; expect a longer journey during rush hour.
Getting around Boston
Boston is compact, so walking is an excellent option. But the city also has an extensive public transportation network. It’s operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and referred to by locals simply as the “T.” It includes subway, bus, trolley and boat service throughout the area. Tickets can be purchased at subway stations and select convenience stores. A base fare is $2.75. For added convenience, you can preload a CharlieCard with the amount of your choosing, Just tap it at station entrance gates or on vehicles to pay for your ride.
You’ll find taxis at major attractions and hotels around Boston, or you can hail them from the street. If the weather is fair, consider biking by using Hubway, Boston’s bike-sharing system. It operates over 100 stations around the city. Purchase a 72-hour pass ($15) or 24-hour pass ($8) for unlimited 30-minute trips.
Where to stay
For luxury and upscale accommodation, try Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston (1138 St. James Ave.; Ph: +1-617-267-5300), Omni Parker House (60 School St.; Ph: +1-617-227-8600), Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill (5 Blossom St.; Ph: +1-617-742-7630), Millennium Bostonian Hotel (At Faneuil Hall Marketplace; Ph: +1-617-523-3600) or Aloft Boston Seaport (401-403 D St.; Ph: +1-617-530-1600).
For midscale options, consider Best Western Plus Roundhouse Suites (891 Massachusetts Ave.; Ph: +1-617-989-1000) and Holiday Inn Express Boston (69 Boston St.; Ph: +1-617-288-3030).
Things to see and do
Get acquainted with the city by strolling through the North End’s charming cobblestone streets. This Italian neighborhood is Boston’s oldest and includes quaint restaurants, eclectic boutiques and historical sites. Be sure to stop at the Paul Revere House. This is where Revere began his famous ride to warn patriots of a pending British invasion during the American Revolution. For most of the year it’s open daily, but it closes on Mondays in January, February and March. Admission is $5.
For almost four centuries, people have congregated at the lively Quincy Market. Today it’s part of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which houses local shops and international retail brands, as well as cheap and cheerful food stalls. Street performers and musicians put on lively shows along the promenades.
The New England Aquarium never fails to impress with its innovative exhibits and unique creatures. An interactive turtle exhibit gives visitors a hands-on experience in diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating these fascinating animals. Admission is $27.95. It’s open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Soak up Boston’s history with a journey through the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail featuring 16 historically significant sites. The trail starts at Boston Common, America’s oldest public park, and ends at the famous Bunker Hill monument. Tickets for the Freedom Trail Foundation’s public walking tours are $14.
Where to eat
One of the best seafood spots in this coastal city is Ostra. The Back Bay establishment focuses on contemporary Mediterranean dishes. Show up in advance of your reservation and enjoy a drink in the stylish piano lounge. Find it at 1 Charles St. South; Ph: +1-617-421-1200.
Chef Barbara Lynch wows guests with unique dishes at No. 9 Park. The sophisticated Beacon Hill restaurant blends Italian and French cuisine. Lynch takes advantage of in-season, regional produce for all her entrees. Try the Nantucket Bay scallops for a taste of just-caught freshness. As the name suggests, it’s at 9 Park St.; Ph: +1-617-742-9991.
Head to Mistral and enjoy vibrant dishes like the Maine crab ravioli with thyme and tomato broth. The French-inspired menu has been tempting Boston natives since the eatery opened in the South End in 1997. Once you’ve finished your meal, visit the neighborhood’s art galleries. Head to 223 Columbus Ave.; Ph: +1-617-867-9300.
L’Espaliar was one of the first fine-dining restaurants in Boston and has a reputation for consistently high standards. Chef Frank McClelland’s produce is sourced from the restaurant’s farm in nearby Essex, Massachusetts, guaranteeing freshness in every bite. The menu changes regularly to reflect what’s in season. The restaurant is at 774 Boylston St.; Ph: +1-617-262-3023.
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