Boston Travel Information
When to Go
Late May through June and September are the best times to visit. Everything's open, prices are moderate, days are warm and nights are cool. The busiest, most expensive times are high summer (July and August) and foliage season (late September to mid-October). During these popular times, many lodgings have restrictions about minimum stays, children, service charges, deposit refunds and payment; be sure to ask. The winters are often snowy and quite cold.
Boston springs are ephemeral; blink and the leaves have turned from buds to full-blown shadow puppets. Summer can get a bit steamy at times but September and October are predictably pleasant, with clear blue skies, cool mornings and evenings, and warm afternoons. January and February bring harsh winds and punishing temperatures, but snowfall accumulation is measured in inches rather than feet. Air masses from the Great Lakes and Canada collide with moderate Gulf Stream currents, making for sudden and frequent weather changes. Dress in layers and be ready for anything. Surprisingly, Boston is windier than Chicago and gets more rain than Seattle.
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This urban downtown retreat is situated within walking distance of a wealth of trendy nightclubs, upscale shops, major corporations and landmark Boston attractions.
For getting around the Boston-Cambridge area you're best off catching the T, the oldest subway in the country and one of the best. Five color-coded lines - Red, Blue, Green, Orange and Silver - radiate from the downtown stations of Park St, Downtown Crossing and Government Center. 'Inbound' trains are headed for one of these stations, 'outbound' trains away from them. Services operate approximately from 05:30 to 00:30.
Boston is a compact city easily covered on foot. There are also numerous walking trails through urban heritage districts and nature zones. If your feet peter out there's always a subway station nearby.
Ferries go to several points around Boston Harbor. Taking a ferry is a nice option for an excursion. It's a three-hour ferry ride or a three-hour drive from Boston to Provincetown on Cape Cod.
Logan International Airport (BOS), just across Boston Harbor from the city centre, is the city's major airpor, with four separate terminals that are connected by a frequent shuttle bus. BOS is served by most major national and international carriers and getting a flight into Boston should present no problems. It's a short drive into town from Logan International Airport, though the subway is the easiest way into the city. There are also water shuttles between the airport and the waterfront district.
Boston's 'T', one of the oldest subways in the country, is the best way to get around the Boston-Cambridge area. If you're not in a rush, the city is made for walking, with urban heritage paths and lots of green. Ferries cross Boston Harbor. Cars are not really a great idea for within the city - it's a bit of a nightmare to navigate for out-of-towners.