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Language

English

Currency

Dollar ($)

Dialing code

+1 (area code is 617)

Time zone

Eastern Standard Time (EST)

One of the oldest cities in the U.S.

Famous for its role in American history, Harvard University, and the strong accent of the locals (clam chowDAH, anyone?), Boston has plenty to see, do and taste for the inquiring visitor. The ‘Athens of America’ is a bustling harbor city, where innovation and tradition share space on cobblestone streets.

Enjoy fascinating historical museums, stunning architecture, world-class dining and a lively nightlife in one of the East Coast’s most beloved cities for tourism. Soak in the history, snap the beautiful seasonal foliage, enjoy the views of Boston Harbor from the water itself and make the most of every minute.

Getting around

Due to its history, the layout of Boston isn’t as grid-like as many other cities in the United States. As such, the streets have a slightly European feel. Boston is a delight to walk, but it’s big: don’t hesitate to try the convenient public transport. The bus lines and subway are owned by the same company, which makes things easier.

For a more scenic trip, water shuttles, ferries and commuter rails are available, but they’re less frequent and not always as convenient as the bus or subway. Boston is a highly bike-friendly city, but if you decide to hop on two wheels, make sure you know the rules of the road.

Climate

Boston is a city that’s beautiful year-round, which is probably a good thing considering the weather can be unpredictable. Summer (or something a lot like it!) stretches from May to September, with periods of high heat and humidity.

The city is stunning during the autumnal months and well worth a visit, but beware of winter – the New England snow is a force to be reckoned with!

What to do in Boston for 3 days

Cruise across one of America’s most stunning harbors

Whether you’re looking for a crash course (no pun intended) in American history on the USS Constitution or a whale-watching adventure, Boston Harbor has no shortage of opportunities for you to get out onto the water.

From luxury catamarans to genuine naval ships of old, keep your eyes peeled for leaping dolphins and your ears open for tidbits about the early days of the Great American Experiment.

Relive the rebellion at the Boston Tea Party Museum

You may not know the exact history, but there’s no doubt you’ve heard of one of the pivotal moments of the American Revolution: the Boston Tea Party. Learn how America’s forefathers defied British rule over 240 years ago at the very harbor where the proverbial tea went down.

Dive into the New England Aquarium

Explore the wonders of the ocean without ever leaving dry land! The New England Aquarium is home to some of the cutest, wackiest and most impressive marine creatures including turtles, seals, octopi, jellyfish and sea lions! Drink in the sights of the Aquarium’s 200,000-gallon giant ocean exhibit that recreates the depths below for our fishy friends, stroke the beautiful stingrays and enjoy a series of IMAX nature documentaries to learn more about the marvels of nature.

Smash out the best sites of Boston with the Boston Explorer Pass

When time is of the essence, it’s wicked smaht to make the most of every minute in a new city. That’s where the Boston Explorer Pass – covering admission to 19 of the city’s greatest attractions and tours – is worth its weight in gold (well, a little more than its weight, given… you know). Create your own itinerary and save up to 35% on admission to some of the greatest hits of Boston, including the New England Aquarium, Fenway Park, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the CityView Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Sightseeing Tour, the Skywalk Observatory and the Freedom Trail Walking Tour (and many more!).