Places to Visit: Boston Massachusetts

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Boston Massachusetts

Boston is a vibrant and thriving city known for its cultural, educational, historical, and sports attractions. Sixteen million people visit Boston every year and over 600,000 people call it home. Boston is the capital and largest city in Massachusetts.

  • Major sports, cultural, and historical center of the northeast 
  • Abundant tourist activities and attractions 
  • Access to Bar Harbor and other parts of Maine


Boston is located along the Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Charles River in eastern Massachusetts.


Boston has the full range of tourist services and amenities, including abundant hotels and restaurants and efficient public transportation.


Walk the Freedom Trail, either on a self-guided tour or with a guide, for a vivid account of Boston during the Revolutionary War period.

Ride the Ferry from Long Wharf to the Charleston Navy Yard to tour the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.

Enjoy a peaceful paddle on a Swan Boat through the Public Garden Lagoon. Take a ferry to and around the Boston Harbor Islands.

Go see the Boston Red Sox play baseball or the Boston Celtics play basketball.


The Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Science are just three of many museums in Boston.

In addition to over 17 restaurants and 40 pushcart eateries, Faneuil Hall Marketplace features clowns, musicians, and other street performers.

Symphony Hall, the Lyric Stage, Boston Opera House and other venues present live music, theatre, and dance performances.

Getting Here

Travelers can take a plane or a bus from Boston to Bangor. From Bangor there are many options for getting to Bar Harbor.

The 280-mile drive from Boston to Bar Harbor takes about 5¼ hours, longer with traffic. Rental cars are available in Boston.