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WHEN TO GO
April – Nov.: Tourists fill the city from spring through fall. The weather is particularly lovely in spring, though autumn brings with it stunning sights as leaves change colors and temperatures comfortably drop. Summer can be hot and humid.
Dec. – March: Winter is frigid in Boston. Crowds thin and prices drop after the holidays.
NEED TO KNOW
Visas: Travelers from outside the United States will need a valid passport, as well as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) eligibility or a full visa.
Money: Currency is U.S. dollars and ATMs are widely available.
Travel Health: Travelers (including U.S. citizens) should check for vaccination, proof of negative COVID-19 test and face mask requirements, as well as any travel restrictions before planning their trip. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away. Get updated guidance on health and safety, as well as reopening information from the City of Boston website.
Getting Here: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) serves the city. South Station and Back Bay Station are both Amtrak hubs; South Station is also a major bus hub.
Getting Around: The MBTA operates subways (better known as “the T”), trolleys, buses, and ferries in Boston and its suburbs, as well as the commuter rail. Boston also has a bike-share program, and taxis and ride shares are easily available.
Local Lingo: That Bah-ston accent is real, folks. The Hub: Boston. Do not call it “Beantown.” Wicked: Very. IE, “This is wicked cool.” The Green Monster: Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Dunkies: Dunkin’ (formerly Dunkin’ Donuts), every local’s fave spot for coffee. Rippah: A huge party.
Must-Have Apps: Transit App; NPS Boston; Uber
Insider Tips: The best way not to miss any of Boston’s historic sights? Walk the 2 ½-mile Freedom Trail, which winds through downtown Boston and past 16 epic historical places, including the site of the Boston Massacre, the Paul Revere House and Old North Church.