Hotels in Boston
As the state capital of Massachusetts, Boston is almost a world in itself - the local slang and large Irish-American population add to its atmosphere as a cultural melting pot. It was founded by British settlers in 1630, and has since become the biggest city in the New England region. The city centre is surprisingly walkable, with lots of attractions and sights close to each other.
Take your pick of Boston hotels
The seaport and harbour area stretches around the city centre, so many hotels can offer you waterside views. Prices tend to go up as you get closer to the harbour, so you can choose to splurge or stick to a budget. Have a luxury 5-star hotel experience at the Four Seasons, or take in the city from a B&B downtown.
Boston's public transport network is extensive, and hotels are usually within walking distance of at least one stop. The city's subway system was the first in the United States. Getting to the Chinatown district, the airport terminals or the New England Aquarium is straightforward from wherever you set off.
Boston sightseeing and landmarks
Boston is more than a university town. Harvard is one of the top Ivy League schools, and the city's campus includes the business school and Boston Stadium.
There's a whole area of the city devoted to musicals and shows - the Washington Street Theatre District. It's where you'll find the Boston Opera House and the Cutler Majestic Theatre.
Catch a baseball game at Fenway Park, the home of local team the Boston Red Sox. The stadium is the oldest Major League Baseball venue still used on a regular basis.
Those in an adventurous mood can follow the Freedom Trail across the city. The 2.5-mile route is signposted in red, and it takes you to 16 of Boston's historic points of interest. Stops include the King's Chapel, the Paul Revere House and the Bunker Hill Monument.
Food and drink
The cuisine in Boston makes strong use of seafood, which is natural for such a sprawling port. Clam chowder is the city's trademark dish, traditionally made with potato, celery and onions.
A dish you'll find at many local restaurants is buttermilk fried chicken. Southern food is hearty and filling, with an emphasis on spices and sauces.
All around the outskirts of Boston, there are plenty of cranberry farms growing delicious fruit. If you're looking for something stronger, Samuels Adams beer is brewed in nearby Jamaica Plain.
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