One of the largest cities in the US, Boston has a unique vibe which makes it a little more authentic than its neighbours, including New York. Among other things, Boston is famous for being home to the world’s largest St Patrick’s Day parade, Harvard University and Fenway Park; home to the world-famous Boston Red Sox baseball team. Boston had a big role in helping the US gain independence in the 18th century and since then, the city has flourished. Areas such as Downtown Boston, the serene Back Bay and Jamaica Plain will give you a flavour of how diverse the place is. While there’s no shortage of cultural and sporting venues to explore if you want to see how the city has developed over the centuries.
Many of the roads in central Boston are one-way and are usually narrow. This makes driving a small supermini the best option. As the roads are in good condition, they’re ideal for getting around; especially in traffic jams.
Driving in Boston
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Important things to note
Parking in Boston can be quite difficult at times. If you want to park your car somewhere safe, it’s best to do so when it’s quiet during the day.
The Boston Common Visitor Information Center on 148 Tremont Street is open from 8.30am to 5pm from Monday-Saturday. On Sundays, it’s open from 10am to 6pm.
Some drivers in Boston can be aggressive, especially in rush hour traffic. Make sure that you’re polite and courteous when on the road, and you should be fine.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown is a monument to those who lost their lives in the American Civil War in 1775. Admission is free while many maritime relics such as the Charlestown Navy Yard are also nearby.
The Museum of Fine Arts on 465 Huntington Avenue is the city’s largest art museum. French impressionist paintings and an array of works from Monet sit alongside Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian works. While there’s also a museum with portraits of local heroes like Samuel Adams.
The Sam Adams Brewery on 30 Germania Street, Jamaica Plain, has tours of the site as well as free samples once the tour finishes. The Harpoon Brewery offers the same thing and they are both a must for any beer lovers.
The Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile route which takes in 16 historic sites around Boston, is a great way of exploring the city as a whole. Beginning at Boston Common, it takes in the Old State House and Old North Church, among other things.
Boston Logan International Airport is the major airport in Boston. It has four terminals and a total of six runways. There are flights to and from Dublin, Shannon, London Heathrow and other destinations across Europe, North America and South America.
To get to and from Boston Logan, which is three miles northeast of Downtown Boston; you can go to pick-up points at each terminal. In relation to other major US airports, Boston Logan is quite close to the city itself.