About Boston

by SmarterTravel Staff

Built on almost 400 years of history, Boston holds tightly onto its past as it parades into the future. That's a great package deal for visitors, who will find well-preserved dashes of the Colonial, Federal, and Victorian eras alongside a modern, walkable city infused with green spaces and waterfront.

New England's oldest and largest city was founded in 1630 and earned its place in history in the days preceding the Revolutionary War. It's still possible to rock the cradle of democracy in Boston by following the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail through the city, exploring 16 museums, churches, meeting houses, and other historically significant sites along the way.


Walking is a great way to explore Boston's present as well as its past. Now that the freeway has been moved underground, Boston has 15 brand new acres of parkland. The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway wends through the city, connecting the North End, Wharf District, Dewey Square, and Chinatown. The Greenway is the newest addition to Boston's already impressive list of urban open spaces, which includes the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Emerald Necklace. A stroll in the park is just one of many free things to do in Boston.

Other favorite things to do in Boston include cheering (or jeering, depending on your affiliations) at sports events. With three Super Bowl victories, two World Series wins, and an NBA championship this decade, Boston has earned a name as a city of champions.

Service from low-cost carriers and large airlines alike means that flights to Boston and nearby cities are competitively priced.

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