City Guide Boston, USA

Visiting Boston

Boston's charm lies in the fact that it has combined the old with the new in a way you seldom discover - not just in the States but worldwide. And despite its growth and development through the centuries, its small town qualities have prevailed throughout.

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Boston Podcasts

Boston - Ask the locals

Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty takes to the streets of Boston to ask the locals there where they like to go out at night, what their favourite restaurants are and which neighbourhoods they like hanging out in.

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USA Videos

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Find out how you can get around Miami for free, how to save money when shopping and much more with our editor Colm.

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Boston Pocket Guide

Boston Pocket Guide

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Boston City Reviews

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    Boston Review

    Boston's a great city. It has a lot of history and you can see a lot just by walking around. Boston common is picturesque too. Transport around the city is pretty good too, though most places are pretty easy to walk to within the downtown area. Cambridge area and Harvard University are well worth a visit too.

    Insider Tip:Club Passim just off Harvard Square is excellent. Was there for the campfire festival on memorial day and there was some excellent music. The club has bands on mostly every night and also has an adjoining vegetarian restaurant, Veggie Planet, that serves excellent food.

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    Boston is a great place to visit - it has a very English/European feel to it. Its a safe city, easy to navigate and has some great attractions to visit. Irish bars are two a penny, so make sure you check out that thriving community. Easy access to neighboring towns such as Salem and Harvard - lovely day excursions that can be accessed by commuter rail.

    Insider Tip:Visit the prudential tower for an amazing view of Boston with a mini-Boston museum in the sky (including in price). They also offer a student rate, so bring your Student ID/Card! :)

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    New England's Capital

    This city you can feel the history all around you, uncommon for an American metropolis, some areas also have a very European feel to it, seafood here almost always is locally caught. It's not a huge city, easy to walk and get around with plenty of historical landmarks to see, great restaurants and pubs to eat and drink, sports events to go watch and guided tours fun to check out. Just a 30 minute train ride to the historical city of Salem, for the October carnival or witch museum.

    Insider Tip:There's one Sam Adams brew that only makes it out of the brewery to 6 pubs in town and nowhere else in the country called the Sam Adams Brick Red. Try it, it's good stuff. Can be found a Hennessy's, pub where on Wednesday nights, the Karaoke happens and you sing with a live band backing you up instead of looking at a screen with the lyrics and background music.

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    Boston is good for taking a NYC break

    I didn't expect much of Boston and initially, I though of skipping this city. But all Americans I talked to the past year advised me to go there. And I'm happy I did. Boston is a cool place to be, with many students that make the city just something else. The day I got there, there was a massive weed fest in the park, which only confirms my last statement.

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    Boston city review

    I was in the city on and off between July and August ~ used the city as a home base to get to and back from hikes in Vermont and New Hampshire (and then eventually New York). Lots of history, schools and delicious seafoods. I'm mostly impressed with the architecture. The city is very walkable and the subway system (T) is a little frustrating but with patience you can get nearly anywhere.

    Insider Tip:Charlestown is the quieter Beacon Hill. Harpoon Brewery > Sam Adams Street performers are incredibly talented so show your support! Do some island hopping via mail boat. Bus tickets to NYC are very cheap so just do it.

USA: Itinerary

Due to a layout which is unlike other American cities and its prominent Irish population, Boston has always been a popular destination with travellers going stateside. Fusing the old and the new effortlessly, it has a rustic charm which is hard to find anywhere else.

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