As the unofficial capital of New England, and one of the most progressive, forward-thinking cities in the United States, the City of Boston has long been a major draw for tourists from all over the world. Originally founded by the Puritans in the 1600s as their "shining city on a hill", it has acted as the backdrop for many of the landmark events in North America's history and has gone on to become an international hub for third-level education as well as the home of some of the finest art and cultural institutions to be found anywhere in the world.
Its location right on the East Coast makes this US city one of the most easily accessible from Europe, while Logan International Airport in East Boston provides regular connections to most other global transport hubs. Once you land, it's also wonderfully easy to get into and around the city, using the MBTA network – one of the most used underground networks in the entire country.
For those who prefer to wander at their leisure, rather than rattling through the city at breakneck speed, Boston is also a fantastic city for pedestrians, with most of the city and the most popular Boston tourist sights within easy walking distance of each other. The city is so walkable, in fact, that it is often nicknamed "The Walking City" – making life much easier for the voracious sightseer, especially in the height of summer!
There is a wide range of places to stay in Boston, from luxury hotels to budget accommodation, and everything in between. If you fancy treating yourself to the high life, try the Back Bay area. Lying along the Charles River, to the west of downtown Boston, this area is packed with interesting galleries and outdoor dining options where you can sample the excellent fresh seafood for which Boston has come to be known. If your budget is a little tighter, or you'd just like to keep your money for the important things (like a nice cold pint of Sam Adams), try the North End, also known as Little Italy, where you'll find a few hostels and cheap accommodation options.
There is no lack of things to see and do in Boston, and most of them are cheap as chips too! The reason most people visit here is to soak in part of the city's rich history, and there's no better way to do this than to just pop on your walking shoes and hit the pavement. The city is awash with beautiful architecture and buildings of historical note. Follow the Freedom Trail, marked out by a red brick path right across the city and take in sites such as Boston Common, Paul Revere house and the Bunker Hill monument. After a day basking in the sights and sounds of American history, you might fancy something a bit more contemporary. So, how about a trip to one of Boston's many fantastic bars, such as the Bull and Finch (the pub featured in Cheers) or one of the great college bars in Cambridge?
And, of course, no trip to Boston would be complete without two things: a trip to Harvard, probably the most famous university on the planet, and the all-important visit to Fenway Park, where you can sit and watch the brilliant Boston Red Sox do what they do best.