State: Massachusetts. Capital: Boston. Largest City: Boston.
Boston was founded by English settlers in 1630 and today is a destination, where old and new blend happily together. A guided walk or a Boston Duck Tour on-board a WWII-style amphibious landing vehicle is a great way to become acquainted with Boston's famous historical and education heritage - students here, belong to an academic elite as both Harvard and Boston University are in close proximity - and the city enjoys a young, optimistic vibe for this reason. One of America’s most family-friendly cities, Boston’s Museum of Science hosts an interactive range of exhibits whilst exhibits from the Boston Children’s Museum have become national favourites and include the world’s first hand’s on exhibit - the 1960s “ What’s Inside”. Mingle with penguins at the New England Aquarium where if you’re brave enough you can stroke a bonnethead shark. Take chatty children to the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy library, the acoustics of this giant three-storey stained glass globe, are so strange that a mere whisper can reverberate around the entire structure.
An affluent district filled with stunning architecture, including the famous Victorian Brownstone houses and landmarks including Copley Square, Boston Public Library and the Prudential Center, location of the Skywalk Observatory that offers 360 degree sky - high views over the city. On Huntington Avenue, Copley Place is located within the historic Back Bay area and is Boston's most distinctive shopping destination in a dazzling mixed-use complex with over 75 stores and restaurants. There are also fabulously stylish boutiques along Newbury Street, Boylston Street - home to one of our our featured hotels Mandarin Oriental, Boston - and Commonwealth Avenue, amongst the stylish residences, fashionable bars and restaurants.
Hallmarked by cobblestone streets, beautiful doors, gas lights and antique shops - dates back to the 19th century and great care has been taken to maintain its delightful, original charm. Here you'll find the Fifteen Beacon , a landmark turn-of-the-century Beaux Art building, boasting many splendid Art Deco features as well as a unique rooftop garden, complete with a hot tub.
Site of the infamous 'Boston Tea Party' (that, in part, led to the American War of Independence, which began near Boston in 1775), Boston Harbor has a long history and there are sightseeing boat trips that will tell you all about it as well as dinner cruises and thrilling powerboat rides.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Interactive exhibit, actors dressed in costumes and restored tea ships will transport you back to the historic night of 1773 in Boston Harbor, when American Colonists took action to fight British rule.
Take a guided one-hour tour of Fenway Park, the famous baseball ground of the Boston Red Sox, to learn about its history and players, from its opening in 1912 to the present day.
Boston Movie Tour
Look out for famous locations from the big and little screen including: Good Will Hunting, The Departed, Mystic River
Boston's Italian neighbourhood, is jam packed with restaurants, cafés and bakeries, there is no avoiding the heady smell of freshly baked bread and rich tomato sauce. Absolute bliss.
Summer is the hottest time of year in Boston, with an average temperature of 80 degrees and high humidity levels. December, January and February are the coldest months, with the most snowfall. Spring and autumn’s temperatures are the most moderate, and because Boston is part of New England, it is particularly delightful in the autumn (September to early November) when the leaves of the many trees change colour, turning the whole region into a work of living art.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Boston.
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines direct from London Heathrow.
From London Heathrow to Logan International, Boston: 7 hours, 20 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Travel Advice Update
The FCO travel advice for the USA has been updated with an amendment to the Entry requirements section - on 18 December 2015, the US Congress passed a Bill updating the requirements for the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP); under the new rules, with effect from 1 April 2016 all travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP will need to hold a passport with an integrated chip.
The web-based Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) requires all passengers (including infants) travelling via or to the USA to apply for authority to travel a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel. You may be denied boarding or refused entry to the US if you have not registered and obtained authorisation. To apply visit the official website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ A charge of UD$14 per person (subject to change) will apply and must be paid by either credit or debit card.
Customs and Border Protection programme Global Entry gets pre-approved travellers through border control faster at some US airports. If you’re a British citizen and a frequent visitor to the USA you can now register to get a UK background check on www.gov.uk/apply-faster-entry-usa. If you pass the background checks, you’ll be invited to apply for Global Entry.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.