Boston is one of the United States’ most historic and culturally diverse cities. Follow the Freedom Trail and you will discover the path revolutionaries took to free the country from imperial British rule and every year, thousands come in and out of Boston to take part in scholastic rituals called orientation and graduation. With over 60 colleges and universities in the greater Boston area, the city is quite possibly the learning capital of the United States.
In preparation for your trip, it is important to know some basic information about the city. Information on when to go, where to stay, or how to get around will make your trip a lot smoother and more enjoyable when you finally get there.
Choosing the Best Season to Go
Boston’s weather is made up of the typical four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall. The city’s low season is understandably winter. The bitter New England cold puts a hindrance to exploring Boston’s attractions, many of which are outdoors. Spring is usually when the city starts to awaken, but even March can remain bitterly cold at times. Summer is when the city comes alive. There are plenty of events designed to take advantage of the city’s parks and waterways, but it is also when most of the tourists flock towards the city. Fall showcases the wonderful colors of the foliage.
Finding the Best Spot
When figuring out a place to stay, decide on a location that is most convenient for the places you want to visit most. Boston happens to be one of the country’s most expensive cities so if price is a huge factor, do keep in mind that hotels that generally cater to business travelers have cheaper rates during the weekends. You may not have to sacrifice much location to get a good price. Call the hotels directly to see if you can negotiate a better rate. Also consider alternative lodging. Hostels, room rentals, and couches are just a few other options.
Take Advantage of Mass Transit
Boston has a well-connected network of trains, busses, and ferries that can take you to all the major tourist spots within the city. The airport is connected to the city subway system, the “T”, and the city has recently introduced bicycles as greener way to get around. For $6, you can buy a 24-hour pass for Hubway, Boston’s bike sharing program. To save on the subways and busses, consider buying in bulk. Concession prices are often available for students, military and veterans, and seniors so make sure that you take advantage of them when it applies.
Now that you have decided on when to go, where to stay, and how to get around, it is time to figure out what to do when you get there. Boston’s official city website can provide you with a good place to start your research. If you are looking to experience more of local day-to-day life, check out the Boston Insider, a listing of local hangouts and dives compiled by the city tourism and visitor’s bureau.