Boston Is One of the Best Cities in America
Boston is a modern city, but history also is living and breathing in its streets. Rows of colonial houses are a reminder of what the United States was like before independence, while the harbor will always be defined by the famous tea-throwing party that helped spark the decision to break off from Great Britain. Well, for that and the fresh seafood it still provides the city, particularly the famed lobster rolls and clam chowders.
Walk around Freedom Trail to pass by some of the city's most important sites, including the Massachusetts State House and Paul Revere's House. Equally important is the Black Heritage Trail, which protects 15 landmarks connected to the city's pre-Civil War black community, like the African Meeting House, the oldest black church in the country.
Other major draws in Boston are sports and art. Fans of the former go to cheer the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots and Boston Celtics at their respective homes. And most visitors pass by the Museum of Fine Arts, an institution respected around the world.
While you're touring around, don't neglect to stop by parks and historic markets to stop and smell the roses (or the food).
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Getting to Boston
The most convenient way to reach Boston depends on where you are. If you're in the North East, chances are that taking an Amtrak train into the city will be the best mode of transportation. This way, you'll avoid long lines at the airport and dealing with TSA and bad airplane food.
But if you're coming from farther away, you can fly into Boston Logan International Airport, only around four miles from the city center. Another alternative is to arrive at Manchester Regional Airport, about an hour away.
Getting Around Boston
Boston is one of the few places in the U.S. with an effective public transit system that connects the entire city. The MBTA (or the T) counts with buses, trolleys, ferries and trains. For travelers, it's a cheap and convenient option for getting around the city. When the weather is nice, you can also simply walk around.
But if you want to go on day trips or don't like the idea of relying on buses that aren't always on time, you can rent a car.