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Boston Travel Guide and Tourist Information: Boston, Massachusetts  December 9, 2012 – 02:25 pm
Photo of the waterfront skyline

(Boston, Massachusetts - MA, USA)

Boston, MA, is a relatively compact city and most of the major places of interest are conveniently within walking distance of each other. This is an especially historic city, being first settled in the early part of the 17th century and incorporated as a city in 1822.

Regarded by many to be nothing short of the New England capital, Boston comes with many different neighborhoods, a number of which have become famous in their own right.Picture of the New State House The most prominent of these include the districts of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown, Dorchester, Fenway-Kenmore, Hyde Park, North End, South End and West End. Downtown Boston is where the bustling Financial District is based, being home to gleaming high-rise buildings that combine to make the city's distinctive waterfront skyline.

Various tourism offices are present in the city and its suburbs, with the Boston Common Tourist Information Center next to Tremont Street being a safe bet.Picture of the USS Constitution, with the Bunker Hill Monument in the background Others include the Boston National Historical Park Visitors Center, across from the Old State House, and the Cambridge Office for Tourism Information on Harvard Square in nearby Cambridge, close to JF Kennedy Street and the popular Atrium Shopping Center.

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The peak seasons in Boston include the college graduation weekends, which take place each May, along with the summer holiday period and early autumn, when trees are dressed with their striking New England fall colors and admired by crowds of camera-wielding onlookers.

If you are planning your holiday or visit on a tight budget, then consider arriving in winter, when hotels are known to discount their prices considerably.Image of the New England Aquarium Alternatively, choose business-orientated hotels, where weekend rates may be more favorable. If you choose a hostel during the summer time, then it may well be necessary to book your bed several weeks in advance. Consider staying in the pleasant South End area if you prefer more intimate B&B style accommodation to large, less personal hotels. Alternatively, you can always find a great choice of apartments in the many unique neighborhoods.

The whole of the Greater Boston area is served by an excellent transport system, including an underground railway - the 'T', which is perhaps the easiest way to travel into and around the city, being operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Logan Airport, handling over 60 airlines, is located close to the harborside area and can be quickly reached by the subway.

An American travel information magazine recently named Boston as the seventh most popular city in the world. One reason for this deserved popularity is the tangible sense of history to be found here, unlike most other American cities. In many ways, this iconic city could be described as the birthplace of the United States.

Image of Boston Common and the high-rise buildings behind Picture taken in the Bunker Hill area


Visitors and tourists to Boston, 1978-1980 ([BRA Research Department publications)
Book (Boston Redevelopment Authority)

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