State: Massachusetts. Capital: Boston. Largest City: Boston.
Boston is a forward-thinking city with a rich and fascinating past. It seems to have it all: brilliant academic institutions, where students provide a vibrant and youthful flair about the city, not to mention the amazing cuisine on offer, especially when it comes to the seafood on offer in the Seaport District, where visitors can devour fresh steamed lobsters (sacred cod), before trying delicious thick and creamy chowder. Where Boston really stands out is for its rich history and ability to flaunt it, particularly being one of the oldest cities in America.
To say Boston residents are passionate about sport is a complete understatement. Boston is home to a high calibre of renowned sports teams, including New England Patriots (American Football), Boston Red Sox (baseball), the Celtics (basketball) and the successful hockey team, the Bruins. So get your tickets online and prepare yourself for a phenomenal atmosphere at any of these sporting venues. Boston is not just famous for its sports; the Arts have blossomed in Boston since the 19th century, with the city being dubbed the ‘Athens of America’. Where Boston excels is with the abundance of museums, galleries and institutions that paved the way for the contemporary art, music and theatre scenes.
Witness the amazing atmosphere of Fenway Park whilst watching the world-famous Boston Red Sox at the nation’s most celebrated ballpark. Opened in 1912, it is also the oldest operating baseball ground in the country, offering so much character and quirks, which can be experienced on a ballpark tour and is perfect for any sports fan! Catch a glimpse of the Green Monster, a 37ft high wall in left field that is the most famous feature at Fenway Park and a popular target for right-handed hitters who can score an easy home run.
Take a stroll around the famous Copley Square in Back Bay, where you will unearth a handful of historic buildings, such as the ornate French-Romanesque Trinity Church, a masterpiece designed by the architect, Henry Hobson Richardson. Just across the street is the classic Boston Public Library, dating from 1852. It is America’s first municipal library, boasting a magnificent façade and wonderful artworks. Stroll around the square further and discover a sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and murals by John Singer Sargent, it really is a splendid place to spend an afternoon sightseeing.
Discover Boston’s rich past on the fascinating Freedom Trail, which takes you around 16 historically significant sites on a two-and-a-half-mile tour. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow and will take you through the centre of Boston, from Boston Common to Bunker Hill Monument, and traces the events leading up to the War of Independence and the periods that followed.
Boston has a vast array of superb museums that are perfect for a day out. Visit the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and learn about one of the first acts of rebellions against the British crown, which eventually led to the War of Independence, or take a trip to the Institute of Contemporary Art, where you will discover Boston’s flourishing contemporary art scene – even the building is a work of art. The Museum of Science has over 600 interactive exhibits, including the world’s largest lightning-bolt generator, an impressive dinosaur exhibit, a full-scale space capsule and much more! It’s the perfect family day out!
Retreat to the marvellous 50-acre Boston Common, a lush green park, crisscrossed with walking paths and dotted with wonderful monuments. It is steeped in history, including being a campground for British troops during the Revolutionary War and as a field for grazing cattle until the 1830s. Today, the park serves as a destination for sunbathers, picnickers and theatre performances of Shakespeare on the Common in the summer months, whilst in the winter, the Frog Pond serves as an excellent ice-skating rink. Whether you take a leisurely stroll or a guided tour, you will not be disappointed with this green paradise.
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.