Boston, United States

A historic hilly city bounded by the Atlantic and surrounded by the leafy landscapes of New England, the capital of Massachusetts is a melting pot of culture, architecture and cuisine. Breathtakingly beautiful bridges sweep across the Charles River from Boston central to Cambridge, home of Harvard University. Downtown, a gentle mix of glass high-rises jostle for position among a hodge-podge of grandiose landmarks and stately low-rises. Beyond the bustle of the port, genteel neighbourhoods such as Beacon Hill, Back Bay and South End harbour green gardens, picturesque parks and serene squares, linked by cobblestone streets and red-brick paving. It’s a compact city, easily navigated on foot, and one that’s made for stumbling upon cute corner cake shops and cafes, curious little boutiques and keep-to-yourself restaurants.

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When to go

March and April are known as the mud months in Boston on a count of the rapidly slush-turning snow, rain and general chilly dreariness. The warm summer months are ideal, especially for visiting beautiful beaches in Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. From November to February, and particularly around Christmas, Boston transforms into a magical winter wonderland, although the cold can be biting.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Boston’s Logan International Airport is one of the USA’s busiest, with regular transatlantic flights to London from British Airways, United and Virgin, as well as carriers to a number of major European and US destinations. There are regular Silver Line bus transfers to South Station – here you can hop on the subway (‘the T’) to the city centre.
  • Trains

    The city is a major interchange for Amtrak’s east coat lines, with trains linking South Station to New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and stations in between.
  • Automobiles

    Boston is a pedestrian’s paradise, and often a driver’s purgatory; the city centre is tricky to navigate and parking can be both problematic and expensive. If you plan on travelling outside the city, there are numerous car hire outlets at the airport.
  • Taxis

    Boston cabs are white versions of the classic New York City car, and are easily flagged down or found at the city’s many ranks. Note that the ‘On Duty’ signs are rarely an indication that that is the case – so just stick out your arm and hope. For pre-booking, try Boston Cab (+1 617 536 5010) or Town Taxi (+1 617 536 5000).