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Boston Travel Guide

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Best of Boston

3 days in Boston
3 days in Boston

Boston is packed with things to do, and three days can give a nice taste. Prepare for history, culture, plenty of good food, and lots of walking.

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Family-friendly Boston

Boston for young kids
Boston for young kids

Boston is a fantastic family town. This mix of traditional and new activities will keep younger family members active and engaged.

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Boston on a budget

Boston for free
Boston for free

If you're looking to save and have a great time in Boston, there are plenty of options indoors and out. Most of the historical tours are low- or no-cost, as are many fun and scenic outdoor spots.

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Insiders' Boston

Boston's Best Craft Cocktails
Boston's Best Craft Cocktails

Boston is known for its rowdy sports bars, but when you're in the mood for a more refined experience, there are now several places to get a world-class cocktail in a stylish, sophisticated environment. From speakeasies to lounges to martini bars, here's a list of the best places to get a well-made cocktail in Boston.

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Boston off the beaten path
Boston off the beaten path

In the city or just outside, Boston is packed with unusual attractions and events, many in keeping with the city's extensive history and combination of cultures. Whether it's art, science, recreation or education you're looking to explore, you won't have to look far to find something new.

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Getaways from Boston

Daytrips from Boston
Daytrips from Boston

Boston is a short trip away from many New England adventures. If your interest is exploring history, checking out dining and shopping, recreation, or hitting the beach, you'll find a destination that's perfect for you.

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Arnold Arboretum
Arnold Arboretum

This guide covers all the major areas of interest within the Arnold Arboretum located just south of Boston in the Forest HIlls area of Jamaica Plain. This is a great place to go if you want to escape...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Marine Park and Castle Island Exploration
Marine Park and Castle Island Exploration

This is a very beautiful area just south of Boston. You will walk around an enclosed bay past a beach, a WWII memorial and then to one of the countries most famous forts which was built to defend the...

Back Bay with Kids
Back Bay with Kids

Boston is a city of neighborhoods and a great way to introduce kids to the city is not by dragging them all over the place, but to tackle it one neighborhood at a time.

The Back Bay is a charming...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Biking Through the Emerald Necklace Parks
Biking Through the Emerald Necklace Parks

This series of parks and green spaces essentially serves as the urban Boston city dweller's backyard. Frederick Law Olmsted (yes, he designed Central Park, too) was a visionary landscape architect,...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Boston's Freedom Trail
Boston's Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is more than a collection of historic sites related to the American Revolution or a suggested itinerary connecting Boston’s unique neighborhoods. It’s a chance to walk in the...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Boston City View Bike Route
Boston City View Bike Route

This tour allows you to pedal from the Italian North End and historic Beacon Hill, up to Fenway park, heart of Red Sox Nation, and through modern and dynamic Back Bay. Riders will see parts of Boston...

Shopping: From Faneuil Hall to Newbury Street
Shopping: From Faneuil Hall to Newbury Street

This shopping trip takes you from bustling Faneuil Hall to trendy Newbury Street, with some suggested green spaces to rest in along the way as well as some tips on where to dine or quench your thirst....

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Exploring Boston Neighborhoods: Roslindale
Exploring Boston Neighborhoods: Roslindale

Roslindale is a tiny corner of Boston that has a small-time neighborhood feel with big-city benefits – classy restaurants, boutique shops and foodie treats – and it borders the Arnold Arboretum, one...

Boston's Emerald Necklace and Fall Foliage Guide
Boston's Emerald Necklace and Fall Foliage Guide

Discover Frederick Law Olmsted's famous system of parks on this bicycle tour of the historic Emerald Necklace. From the shaded boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue to the popular shores of Jamaica Pond to...

Boston Bikes at Night Guide
Boston Bikes at Night Guide

Enjoy Boston's beautiful waterfront as the sun sets. Look out at the harbor from Black Falcon Pier, take in the modern architecture of the Institute of Contemporary Art, and return to the North End...

Seaport District Harbor Walk
Seaport District Harbor Walk

Concerned that there are only five spots on this guide? It's a bit deceptive actually. With the museums and sightseeing opportunities along this route, you may not get to all of them.

Boston's...

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Paul Revere Ride to Freedom Bike Tour
Paul Revere Ride to Freedom Bike Tour

The Paul Revere Ride to Freedom takes you from the Old North Church in Boston’s North End and follows Revere’s ride on April 18, 1775 through Charlestown, Lexington and Concord. We recount the events...

West Middlesex Fells Reservoir Trail
West Middlesex Fells Reservoir Trail

This guide will take you along the wider, more popular walking path called the Reservoir Trail around the bulk of reservoirs on the west side of I-93. This path keeps you closer to the water bodies...

Boston Pub Crawl
Boston Pub Crawl

To say that a person has written a definitive pub crawl for Boston would be an invitation to have an argument. There are so many historic, eclectic, trendy, cool pubs---some with great food, others...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
The Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail

Nothing tops the Boston Freedom Trail as an introduction to the history and popular sites of Boston. This 2.5-mile walk will take you past 16 significant landmarks, each of which played major roles in...

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Tour de Boston Bike Route
Tour de Boston Bike Route

This leisurely ride takes you to some of Boston's wonderful waterways, following the beautiful and historic Charles River on both the Boston and Cambridge sides as you make your way towards Boston...

Commonwealth Ave Mall Monument Tour
Commonwealth Ave Mall Monument Tour

This guide will take you on a stroll through the history of the United States. You will pass nine different monuments commemorating events and people that changed the history of both the city of...

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Pierre Lallement Bike Path
Pierre Lallement Bike Path

This guide shows you a quick and safe route via a bike/walking path from the Jamaica Plain Arnold Arboretum/Franklin Park area to downtown Boston. I'll be honest, the trail isn't as spectacular as...

Middlesex Fells Skyline Trail
Middlesex Fells Skyline Trail

This is the most difficult of the trails on the western side of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. The nearly 7-mile path follows the outer perimeter of the Reservation and is mostly through woods but...

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Public Garden Monument Walking Tour
Public Garden Monument Walking Tour

Follow this guide through the Boston Public Garden to visit all the major sculptures and monuments in the area. I've provided links in order of the route; you will see them within the description...

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Exploring Boston's North End
Exploring Boston's North End

This Italian neighborhood is full of new must-hit spots.

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Charles River Reservation Full Bike Loop
Charles River Reservation Full Bike Loop

Follow this guide to complete a huge loop of the Charles River all the way to Waltham and back to the Cambridgeside Galleria. I've created a lot of POI's for the most interesting areas of the main...

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Community Solar System Trail - Boston Museum of Science
Community Solar System Trail - Boston Museum of Science

The museum of science has distributed scale models of our solar systems planets throughout the greater Boston area. Great care has been taken to place them at an accurate scale that is 400 million...

Perfect Day

For Movie, Sports and Pop Culture Fans (jcoveney, Mar 17, 2007)
4.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes
4.0 of 5 stars 23 Votes
Boston for the Day (KBurgess423, Oct 23, 2006)
4.0 of 5 stars 2 Votes

Perfect Weekend

Boston for two! (ruledbymercury, May 2, 2007)
4.5 of 5 stars 6 Votes
Best Long Weekend in Boston (TxAggieGirl, Jun 25, 2009)
4.5 of 5 stars 14 Votes
Boston on the cheap, but with lots of fun! (railtraveler, Jun 6, 2006)
4.0 of 5 stars 24 Votes

Best Of

Culinary Destinations in Boston (TheMongerer, Sep 13, 2008)
4.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes
Boston USA (NenadN, Dec 6, 2011)
4.5 of 5 stars 2 Votes
Boston Pizza (TheMongerer, May 24, 2009)
4.5 of 5 stars 2 Votes

Recent Trip

Two Days in Boston (Velvalee, Jul 13, 2007)
4.5 of 5 stars 5 Votes
A long weekend in Boston (Beckie E, Mar 15, 2013)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
3 days in Boston, Massachusetts (zack728, Apr 25, 2011)
4.0 of 5 stars 2 Votes