One of the most historic cities in the US, Boston is home to a number of must-see sights, a vibrant culture and a great food scene. Throw in a few world-class sports teams and you can see why this New England city is such a popular destination.
If you want to make the most of your visit and explore all of the city’s attractions, the best time to book flights to Boston is May to October. Although the temperatures can be a little chilly at either end of this peak period, in general skies are clear and days warm. June, July and August are especially pleasant in the city with the mercury regularly pushing 80˚F during the day.
Winters in Boston can be seriously cold. Wind and rain can make temperatures feel even lower and it’s not uncommon for the city to be blanketed in snow. On the plus side, if you do decide to travel in the winter months you’ll have many of the city’s attractions to yourself and finding cheap flights to Boston should be easy.
Direct flights to Boston are available from lots of cities across the US. If you search for flights with Orbitz, there are a number of tricks and tips you can use to help secure a great deal.
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Boston and the surrounding area are served by General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport. Located just a few miles from the center of the city, it’s the largest airport in New England and one of the busiest in the country. A number of national carriers and low-cost airlines offer direct flights to Boston every day, giving you a great choice of routes and departure times.
Once you land at Logan International, continuing your journey to the center of Boston is easy. The MBTA blue and silver lines connect the airport with destinations around the city while buses, taxies and hire cars are also available. As the airport is located on a peninsular opposite the main part of the city, you can even catch a ferry from the terminal to your destination.
A number of airlines offer regular flights to and from Boston.
Thanks to its extensive public transport network, Boston is extremely easy to get around without a car. The city’s subway network connects downtown Boston with neighborhoods around the city. Services are fast and frequent and the system is pretty easy to navigate. As well as the subway, Boston also has a good network of buses, trains and ferries and taxis are available on most main roads.
If you’re going to be staying in Boston for a few days, look into buying a seven-day pass to make traveling around the city even easier.
If you want to seen a number of Boston’s sights and attractions in one fell swoop, the Freedom Trail should be your first stop. The two and a half mile route will take you to 16 of the city’s most important sights including Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Paul Revere House and Old North Church.
If you’ve had enough of culture and history after walking the Freedom Trail, why not see a different side of life in Boston with a visit to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox? The oldest ballpark in MLB, it’s been the home of the Red Sox since way back in 1912.
If you’re travelling in Boston in the winter months, keeping warm is essential.
After those long winter months in hibernation, Boston comes back to life in spring. Patriots’ Day, the third Monday in April, commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord that started the Revolutionary War; it’s also the date for the annual Boston Marathon. The Red Sox play an 11 A.M. game that day, too, so that fans can pour out of the stadium and cheer the runners at the finish line. Baseball season continues through September, if not October, if the Sawx can beat the Yanks into the playoffs.
May calls the tulips in the Public Garden to stand tall, and there’s a buzz along the strip of stores, galleries, and restaurants that line Newbury Street in the Back Bay. When the relatively humid summer arrives in June, many locals happily escape to the beaches of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. But Boston is still at its busiest in the summer months. July 4th weekend brings the crowds to catch the Boston Pops concert on the Esplanade and see the fireworks display over the harbor.
Early fall is another glorious time of year, when collegiate crew teams paddle up and down the Charles River against a backdrop of foliage color.
Arrive in Boston in winter, and the blustery winds will force you inside, perhaps to the cozy confines of the new $500 million Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts or The Shops at Prudential Center. But if you’re looking to cut costs, hotel rates dip in winter. One note of warning, however: Beantown’s hotel rates always trend high, usually coming in just behind New York City and Washington, D.C., for the most expensive rooms in the country.
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