Boston Facts


As the largest city in New England and the capital of the state of Massachusetts, Boston is a city that is proud of its superlatives and its illustrious history. This could be why more than 16.3 million people travel to Boston every year, as well as why one of its nicknames is 'the hub of the universe' - although using this name could single you out as a tourist! Another moniker for the metropolis is 'the cradle of liberty', which is a reference to its involvement in the revolutionary activities of the Colonial period.

Although Bostonians are still proud of their rather confrontational past, the city is better known nowadays for its outstanding architecture, excellent universities and fascinating cultural attractions. You may also become partial to New England seafood after a stay in Boston, as the area is renowned for its excellent marine-based cuisine - including the incredible chowder.

Mark Twain once said that Bostonians are more likely to ask a man what he knows than what he earns, so visitors should not be surprised if they are spoilt for choice when it comes to educational attractions to check out in this interesting city.


Getting there:
Visitors to Boston will land at Boston Logan International Airport, which is just a few miles from the center of the city. All the major airline carriers serve this airport.

Blue Line Trains will get travelers from the airport to their hotel and they run until late, so this is the best and most economical method to get from A to B, although taxis will of course be available. Alternatively, anyone already in the US can reach Boston via Amtrak.

Getting around:
Visitors to most US cities quickly discover how easy it is to get around thanks to the typical grid layout of the streets. Unfortunately, any prior knowledge of American navigation will have to be abandoned by people setting in Boston, as the city does not follow this pattern. Instead, it has roads more akin to those found in Europe. Once you get used to this, you should find Boston a very walkable destination. Driving is not recommended because of congestion and a lack of parking, but public transport is reliable and inexpensive if you get tired.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) manages the Subway and the buses, so look out for retailers selling CharlieCards - this is the contactless payment system similar to London's Oystercard and will allow you to receive discounts, as well as speeding up the process of buying fares.

What to pack:
Most Boston holiday makers try to visit between late May and September, when the weather is neither too cold nor too hot. However, a trip later in the fall will allow you to see New England's colorful and beautiful foliage. If you are staying at The Bostonian Boston in the summer, it's a good idea to keep a waterproof jacket close at hand ready for any rain. However, thick clothes are unnecessary, as the city can get quite humid at this time of year. Don't forget that winters in New England get extremely cold, so you will need plenty of warm layers in your suitcase if you do choose to visit Boston out of season.

What to do and where to go?
To see the best that this city has to offer, it is a good idea to book Boston hotels as close to the center as possible, as this will allow you to avoid too much traveling - one of the many Boston travel tips.

Once you are in 'the hub', you will be practically tripping over things to see, so you might want to plan an itinerary using the Boston travel guide below.

Famous Landmarks:
Faneuil Hall
Quincy Market
Fenway Park

Arts and Culture:
Boston Children's Museum
The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
New England Aquarium

The Mary Baker Eddy Library-Mapparium
King's Chapel Burying Ground
Site of the Boston Massacre

Parks and Recreation:
Cape Cod
Hampton Beach
The Freedom Trail

Population:  617,594

Area: 232 sq km

Language: English

Currency: US Dollar ($)

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