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    Boston: History, money and intellectual giants

    It’s not just the singular accent – there’s something defiantly unique about Boston. The city that raised John F. Kennedy is the largest in New England and was home to some of the USA’s first settlers. As the birthplace of the American Revolution – witnessing key events such as the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and Battle of Bunker Hill – it is

    steeped in history. Some of its well-preserved architecture dates back to before almost any other building in the country. Responsible for training some of the country’s best and brightest, Boston is also one of America’s intellectual and cultural capitals, as can be felt in many of the lively cafés, bars and restaurants.

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    Top 10 sights in Boston

    Massachusetts State House, Boston, USA, Lufthansa, Travelguide, Travel Guide
    Massachusetts State House with its distinctive gilded dome is one of the stops along the Freedom Trail

    The Freedom Trail

    Boston Common to Bunker Hill Monument
    Boston, MA 02108
    Tel: +1-617/357 83 00
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    Learn about the history of the city and the American Revolution with this iconic tour, passing some of the most important public buildings, churches and historical sites in the USA.

    Fenway Park

    4 Yawkey Way
    Boston, MA 02215
    Tel: +1-877/733 76 99
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    Built in 1912, this venerable stadium is the home of the legendary Red Sox. Sample a key part of US culture by attending a baseball game here.

    Museum of Fine Arts

    465 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115
    Tel.: +1-617/267 93 00
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Tue 1000-1645
    Wed-Fri 1000-2145
    Sat-Sun 1000-1645

    One of the grandest art museums in the USA, the MFA’s collection is also one of the biggest, covering all the major art movements, but its neoclassical architecture is worth the ticket price alone.

    Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum

    25 Evans Way
    Boston, MA 02115
    Tel.: +1-617/278 51 56
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1100-1700
    Thu 1100-2100

    Constructed in 1903 to look like a Venetian palace, this stunning building houses Gardner’s private art collection and more. Entry is permitted with MFA tickets – also, if your name is Isabella.

    Boston Common

    Beacon Hill
    Boston, MA 02108
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    The oldest public park in the USA, these immaculate gardens date back to 1634 and contain numerous important monuments such as the Boston Massacre Memorial.

    The North End

    The North End
    Boston, MA 02113
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    Known as Little Italy for its historical links with immigrant Italians, this charming waterfront neighbourhood boasts countless cafés and restaurants, and a unique atmosphere.

    Cape Cod

    One Long Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110
    Tel: +1-617/227 4321
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    For the best beaches in Massachusetts, incredible seafood and wonderful views, take a day trip by ferry to Cape Cod.

    Harvard Square

    Harvard Square
    02138 Cambridge
    Tel.: +1-617/491 3434
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    At the centre of Harvard University, Harvard Square is rich in history. Millions of visitors are attracted every year to its bustle of cafés, bookshops – and ideas.

    Harbor and Charles River

    Central Wharf / Long Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110

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    Harbor tours and trips on the Charles River offer interesting views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines as well as the main points of interest. But it’s not just the panorama, but the boat trip itself that’s the attraction thanks to the variety of boats to choose from: the speedboat Codzilla (, an amphibious landing vehicle ( or a Venetian gondola (, among others.

    Copley Square

    Copley Square, Back Bay
    02116 Boston
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    In the heart of the affluent and historic Back Bay area, this is one of the most important squares in Boston, featuring the John Hancock Tower, Trinity Church and more.

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    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.


    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

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    Population: 319 millions (estimate 2018)

    Capital: Washington, DC.


    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorities.


    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.


    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    Public holidays

    Listed below are the public holidays for the period January 2020 to December 2021.


    States can recognize other days as state holidays that are not federal holidays.


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2020
    Martin Luther King Day: 20 January 2020
    President’s Day: 17 February 2020
    Memorial Day: 25 May 2020
    Independence Day: 3 and 4 July 2020
    Labor Day: 7 September 2020
    Columbus Day: 12 October 2020
    Veterans Day: 11 November 2020
    Thanksgiving Day: 26 November 2020
    Christmas: 25 December 2020


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2021
    Martin Luther King Day: 18 January 2021
    President’s Day: 15 February 2021
    Memorial Day: 31 May 2021
    Independence Day: 4 and 5 July 2021
    Labor Day: 6 September 2021
    Columbus Day: 11 October 2021
    Veterans Day: 11 November 2021
    Thanksgiving Day: 25 November 2021
    Christmas: 25 December 2021

    All information subject to change.

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    A day by the waterside

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    Rockport harbor, some 60 kilometers northeast of Boston, is equally popular with day trippers and photo enthusiasts

    No doubt about it, Boston is a city with more than its fair share of attractions. And yet in New England even more than in most other regions of the USA, it would be a crying shame not to turn your back on the city and give your senses a rest or a change in more rural surroundings. Seemingly endless woodlands, pretty small towns with their special New England brand of glamour – and above all, lovely spots and beaches along the coast are the highlights of these day trips around Boston.

    Nahant Beach, a public bathing beach and surf spot, is a popular destination for day trips
    Nahant Beach

    You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the fresh sea air, the long sandy beaches and that very special blue of the sky over New England. In fact, public transportation will bring you to Revere Beach, the oldest public bathing beach in the USA, and a little further on in the direction of Salem to the Beach Reservation on Nahant Peninsula. Fine sand and shallow waters make this area a popular destination for families. While the little ones can paddle at the water’s edge on guarded beaches, adults and older brothers and sisters can try their hand at kite surfing. The excellent infrastructure on the beaches makes outings a pleasant prospect for day trippers since bathing suit and towel are almost all you need take along: sunbeds, swings and slides for the kids, snacks and washrooms are all available practically everywhere. Worked up an appetite from simply staring at the water? Then head for the Seafood Bar or take a look at the burger menu at the Tides Restaurant & Pub at the far end of the causeway between the mainland and Nahant.


    Boston – Nahant Beach: via Central Square, Lynn, then take the number 439 bus as far as Nahant Road
    Boston – Revere Beach: Blue Line as far as Wonderland

    Beach Reservation

    Tides Restaurant & Pub
    2B Wilson Road
    Nahant, MA 01908
    Tel.: +1-781/593 75 00

    This statue depicts the writer Henry David Thoreau; in the background, we see a replica of the log cabin in which he lived beside Walden Pond
    Walden Pond

    Try a lake instead of the ocean: The author and philosopher Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) spent two reclusive years in his lakeside cabin in order to “front the essential facts of life.” In 1854, he published his daily journal entries under the title of “Walden,” which would become one of the most important pieces of American literature. It takes just under an hour to walk around the name-giving lake, originally the property of poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, and see where the log cabin once stood. There’s now a replica of the cabin along with a visitor center near the parking lot. By the way: Come early in the day in summertime and you can also bathe in Walden Pond, because later on it could be closed due to overcrowding.



    Walden Pond
    915 Walden Street
    Concord, MA 01742
    Tel.: +1-978/36 93 254
    Open daily 0800-1900

    Boston Light on Little Brewster Island is the oldest lighthouse still in operation in the USA
    Boston Harbor Islands

    An outing for everyone who loves boat trips and idyllic islands: There are more than 30 small and tiny islands in Boston harbor and a little further out, in the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. Six of the islands can be reached by ferryboats, which take roughly 45 minutes from Long Wharf North; to make the crossing to the others, you need a boat of your own. These islands are perfect if you like the idea of whiling away a quiet day far from the maddening crowd and all the traffic. Little Brewster Island is the only island that is usually a little fuller because it’s the site of the Boston Light. Built in 1716, it is the oldest lighthouse still in operation in the USA. These days, thanks to modern technology, it casts its beam more than 40 kilometers out across the waves. Boat trips complete with a lighthouse tour take roughly 3.5 hours; some leave from Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center.


    Schedules for ferries to Georges, Spectacle, Peddocks, Lovells, Grape and Bumpkin Island

    A replica of the Mayflower, which arrived in the US with the first pilgrims in 1620, belongs to the Pilgrim Memorial State Park near Plymouth
    Plimoth Plantation

    In 1620, The Mayflower arrived in Plymouth, some 70 kilometers south of Boston, with 102 passengers and a crew of 31 on board. Her stranding on Plymouth Rock marked the birth of the American nation. Today, a surprisingly small commemorative stone lies in Pilgrim Memorial State Park, where the Mayflower II, a replica of the settlers’ ship, is normally moored. Since it requires extensive restoration in preparation for the 400th anniversary of the pilgrims’ arrival, it is not available for viewing for the time being. Follow the coast road a little further south and you come to Plimouth Plantation, a place seemingly caught forever in the year 1620: In the “English Village” of this open-air museum, amateur actors in faithful costume reproductions depict the life of the pilgrims, regaling visitors with fictitious recollections of their life in quaint, antiquated language. The neighboring Wampanoag Homesite settlement is inhabited by “genuine” Native People who, in all political correctness, are never called “Indians” here. Hence the express request for visitors not to come in “Indian” costumes or engage in stereotypical “Indian” behavior, such as whooping. Here, visitors can take a look at typical Wampanoag homes and handicrafts.


    Plimoth Plantation
    137 Warren Avenue
    Plymouth, MA 02360

    Pure relaxation awaits visitors to Cape Cod; at Nobska Point Lighthouse, for example, or on the southwestern tip of the Cape
    Cape Cod: Nobska Point Lighthouse

    Smart, smarter, Cape Cod: This peninsula on the Atlantic coast is a roughly two-hour drive south of Boston. Cape Cod is where the holiday resorts of the “American nobility,” personalities from the worlds of culture and politics, are found. The Kennedy family seat is also on the Cape, and the John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis preserves the legacy of the former president, who was assassinated in 1963. The fine sandy beaches are so extensive that they are never really crowded, although it can get pretty packed in the harbors: Sailing – and surfing, too – are both simply a part of life on Cape Cod. Each of the towns here has its own special charm. Heading to the top of the Cape, you pass through the artists’ village of Wellfleet; right in the north, there’s Provincetown, bright, colorful and with clear influences of its self-confident gay-lesbian community. Chatham on the south coast is considered the height of elegance, with its expensive boutiques and beautifully turned-out old captain’s houses extending the length of Main Street. Tip: Oysters, lobster, shellfish and fish are sold all over Cape Cod, but at Chatham Pier Fish Market they can be had fresh from the boat. If you were already planning to sample the typical New England clam chowder, this is where you should do it. In the southeast of the peninsula, there’s Falmouth, where Victorian houses line Main Street, and also Woods Hole. It’s only a small town, but it is also the site of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the largest research center of its kind in the USA and also the starting point for trips to Nobska Point Lighthouse, where you can enjoy the view across the Sound to the island of Martha’s Vineyard.


    Cape Flyer and other train services will take you from Boston South Station to Hyannis (travel time: around 2.5 hours)

    Catamaran ferry from Boston to Provincetown (travel time: around 90 minutes)

    John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum
    397 Main St
    Hyannis, MA 02601-3914
    Tel.: +1-508/79 03 077

    Wellfleet Flea Market
    51 State Highway, Route 6
    Wellfleet, MA 02667
    Tel.: +1-508/34 90 541
    Open Sat, Sun 0800–1500

    Chatham Pier Fishmarket
    5 Barcliff Avenue
    Chatham, MA 02633
    Tel.: +1-508/94 53 474
    Open May through October




    The smart vacation island of Nantucket was once a whaling center, but today the entire island is a National Historic Landmark

    Nantucket, the small island south of Cape Cod, has everything that epitomizes the charm of New England. Not for nothing does the island in its entirety count among the National Historic Landmarks of the USA. Nantucket has small, lovingly preserved wooden houses with magnificent flowering gardens, small harbors and pretty villages – and great pride in the achievements of its forefathers. The memory of the whalers is kept alive not least for the tourists, but a key role here is also played by Herman Melville’s whaling drama Moby Dick (1851), which with the characters Captain Ahab and his counterpart, First Mate Starbuck, is a literary monument to the wayward seefarers. The Nantucket Whaling Museum on Broad Street retraces the history of whaling in the region. Even today, business with the gigantic marine mammals is still profitable, except that today they are no longer hunted; instead they are a popular tourist attraction: Whale watching boats sail from various spots, including Straight Wharf.


    Several operators offer ferry services from Hyannis (travel time on the Traditional Ferry: 135 minutes; on the High Speed Ferry: 60 minutes)

    Walmuseum Nantucket
    13 Broad Street
    Nantucket, MA 02554

    Whale watching starts from Straight Wharf, Nantucket, with Shear Water Excursions, for example

    The tiny, picture-book towns on Martha‘s Vineyard are just as popular as vacation spots, also with US celebrities
    Martha’s Vineyard

    To assert that only exclusive tourism is found on Martha’s Vineyard would almost be an understatement. The island’s picture-book towns and beach promenades seem to belong to another age and offer pure relaxation. No wonder many celebrities enjoy their vacation here; the Obama family also counts among the regular guests. It’s easy to see what makes this island so attractive: pinewoods, heathlands, steep cliffs and ancient, picturesque lighthouses. One such, the Gay Head Light, near Aquinnah at the most westerly tip of the island, made the headlines in 2015 when coastal erosion threatened to topple it, and it had to be moved further inland. Elegant Edgartown, a former whaling port in the east of the island, could look familiar even to first-time visitors: That’s because it was here that the 1975 movie Jaws was filmed on location. Today, the greater part of the mid-19th-century town center is a protected National Historic Landmark District. Before boarding the ferry back to Oak Bluffs, it’s a good idea to drop by one of the seafood restaurants here; after all, an outing in New England would not be complete without lobster – best of all, choose an eatery overlooking the harbor and Edgartown Lighthouse.


    Several operators offer ferry services from Hyannis, Falmouth and Woods Hole (travel time: roughly one hour)

    Lighthouse Grill
    131 North Water Street
    Edgartown, MA 02539
    Tel.: +1-508/62 77 000 

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    Nightlife in Boston


    Though Boston can’t claim to be a late-night party beacon, it does offer range with classy bars in the Back Bay and North

    End, ubiquitous Irish-style pubs, and downtown lounge joints. Cambridge is home to student hangouts and rock clubs.

    Eastern Standard

    528 Commonwealth Ave
    Boston, MA 02215
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    Dine on oysters or ceviche at the bar and soak up the buzzy atmosphere.

    Doyle’s Cafe

    3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain
    Boston, MA 02130
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    Dating back to 1892, this classic Irish-American pub offers an excellent range of beers on tap.

    Symphony Hall

    301 Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115
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    For classical music and unmatched acoustics, visit the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

    Top of the Hub

    800 Boylston Street
    Boston, MA 02199
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    Fifty floors up, this glamorous lounge bar lets you sip Martini while enjoying spectacular views.

    Lizard Lounge

    1667 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02138
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    This is a hip venue and club showcasing local and international bands which tend towards the alternative.

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    Restaurants in Boston


    The lifeblood of New England for generations, fresh fish has always defined Boston’s culinary scene, and visitors shouldn’t miss the red lobster or clam chowder.

    But prepare for different thrills too, as this proud city is also home to some of the most innovative chefs in the USA.

    Neptune Oyster

    63 Salem Street
    02113 Boston
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    Price: Expensive

    One of the finest seafood restaurants in the city, Neptune lies in the chic North End.

    No 9 Park

    9 Park Street
    Boston, MA 02108
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    Price: Expensive

    Inspired by Italian and French cuisine, this fine-dining restaurant is set in an old townhouse.

    Zen Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar

    21 A Beacon Street
    Boston, MA 02108

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    Price level: moderate

    This little restaurant is located in Beacon Hill, just steps away from the Massachusetts State House. Besides sushi and sashimi classics, the menu includes inventive maki, and there’s also a good selection of vegetarian options. Diners are welcome to take a seat at the bar if they wish to see their food prepared, or in the small dining area or on the restaurant’s terrace on Beacon Street. All meals are also available “to go.”

    Union Oyster House

    41 Union Street
    Boston, MA 02108
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    Price: Cheap

    Dating back to 1826, America’s so-called oldest restaurant has the city’s best clam chowder, with oyster crackers.

    Barking Crab

    88 Sleeper Street
    Boston, MA 02210
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    Price: Cheap

    In this lively waterfront eatery, the fresh-caught lobster is delicious and affordable.

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    Calendar of events

    Dr Martin Luther King Jr Birthday Weekend

    January 15, 2020

    Venue: Various locations in Boston

    The city of Boston celebrates the anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s birth on 15 January 1929 with a series of concerts, exhibitions and special events. The revered civil rights leader was a figurehead of the campaign for equality for African Americans whose famous I have a dream speech is known throughout the world. King gained a PhD in Systematic Theology from Boston University in 1955 and is enshrined in the city’s cultural identity. In 1986, 18 years after his assassination on 4 April 1968, the anniversary of his birth became a public holiday throughout America. Boston marks the holiday weekend with a series of special events, church services and exhibitions in various locations across the city.

    Boston's Celtic Music Fest

    January 16 – 19, 2020

    Venue: Various Venues

    This unique event features 100 musicians and performers representing Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic traditions. This is a great opportunity to sample Celtic culture with lots of concerts, ceilidh and workshops for all ages.

    Boston International Film Festival

    April 16 – 21, 2020

    Venue: Various venues

    The Boston International Film Festival is a must for cinema fans.

    Patriot's Day Celebrations

    April 19, 2020

    Venue: Streets of Boston

    Forever stamped in history as the place where the American Revolution began, each year the city of Boston marks Patriot’s Day. It was on this day in 1775 that the first major battle between the British troops and the colonists took place. According to the history books, Paul Revere rode out to Lexington to warn the colonists that the British troops had begun to march towards Concord. A bloody battle ensued and the American Revolution had begun. The day is marked each year with battle re-enactments, formal ceremonies, exhibitions, historic displays and performances and the popular Boston Marathon.

    Boston Marathon

    April 20,  2020

    Venue: Boston streets

    The Boston race is the oldest annually contested marathon in the world. Beginning in the rural New England town of Hopkinton, the course runs the customary 42.2km (26 miles 385 yards) to the centre of Boston, with Men’s Elite, Women’s Elite and amateurs starting in turn. Boston’s was the first marathon to introduce a wheelchair division. The field limit is 20,000 participants and would-be runners are always advised to get their applications in early. The event enjoys a lively holiday atmosphere and among the better vantage points are Boston College and Beacon Street, just before the finish line.

    Arts First Cambridge

    April 30 – May 3, 2020

    Venue: Various locations around Boston

    Arts First presents more than 200 music, theatre, dance, and visual arts events. The festival celebrates all kinds of creative activity at various indoor and outdoor venues including Harvard Yard, Sanders Theatre, the Harvard Museums and the undergraduate houses. It is Harvard’s annual four-day celebration of the arts, instigated in 1992 at which undergraduates and graduate students present a great programme of drama, music, dance, film, and literary and visual arts.

    Cambridge River Festival

    June 2020

    Venue: Memorial Drive

    The Cambridge River Festival celebrates all things arts-related with a free outdoor event, attracting an enthusiastic audience of 200,000 people annually to the banks of the Charles River. The event starts with a procession from Harvard Square to the river, with a variety of visual and performing art and food which reflects the city’s diverse neighbourhoods and cultural heritage. Enjoy everything from national and local jazz, folk and world music to dance, poetry and theatre performances.

    Boston Harborfest

    June 29 – July 2, 2020

    Venue: Boston’s downtown and waterfront districts

    Ending with a bang to coincide with the US’s Fourth of July celebrations, Boston Harborfest is a seven-day celebration that gets the city in the party spirit with a packed programme of entertainment. Events show off the city’s rich colonial and maritime heritage through a series of re-enactments, exhibitions, guided city tours and historic displays. Always popular with families, Children’s Day is one of the main events where younger visitors can enjoy a mix of sports events, performances, jugglers and face painters. With fun, games and entertainment for visitors of all ages, the Boston Harborfest is one of the biggest celebrations in the city.

    Independence Day Commemorative Events

    4 July 2020

    Venue: Various location in Boston

    As the city inextricably linked with the start of the American Revolution, Boston takes its independence seriously. The day starts at 0900 with an official flag raising in City Hall Plaza. Then a parade begins on route from Tremont, Bromfield, Washington, to Court Street, pausing at the Old Granary Burial Ground to place wreaths on the graves of John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Peter Faneuil, and Robert Paine, followed by reading of the Declaration of Independence in front of the Old State House. There are then 4 July celebrations all over the city followed in the evening by a spectacular fireworks display (10,000 shells and devices are used each year). The Boston Pops have entertained music fans on the Esplanade along the banks of the Charles River since 1930 and the tradition continues with the orchestra providing the soundtrack for the celebration.

    Fisherman's Feast of Boston

    August 2020

    Venue: North End

    This is the oldest continuous Italian festival in the North End of Boston. Since 1911, this North End Feast has celebrated the devotion of immigrant Sicilian fishermen to the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca (Our Lady of Help). Besides a delicious selection of Italian food and cooking demonstrations, there is also a variety of entertainment, live music, traditional processions and an assortment of children’s events, contests, giveaways, and games. In the evening, the fishing waters are blessed, followed by the Cheese Tower building competition, and a procession with the statue of the Madonna.

    Saint Anthony's Feast

    August 7 – 30, 2020

    Venue: Streets of Boston

    Saint Anthony’s Feast is the largest Italian religious festival in New England. This authentic Italian street festival has something for people of every age: parades, strolling singers, live entertainment, contests and daily religious services. Visitors can stroll the beautifully decorated streets sampling the best Italian foods from about 100 different pushcarts. Enjoy arancini, sausage peppers and onion, quahogs, calamari, pizza, pasta and of course zeppole, cannoli and gelato. The highlight of the Feast is the 10-hour procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony through the streets of the North End accompanied by devotees, numerous marching bands and floats.

    Head of the Charles Regatta

    October 17 – 18, 2020

    Venue: Charles River

    Each fall, rowers and spectators from around the world gather in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, for the two-day Head of the Charles Regatta. First held in 1965, the race was established by the Cambridge Boat Club members D’Arcy MacMahon, Howard McIntyre, and Jack Vincent, under the guidance of Harvard University sculling instructor Ernest Arlett. Each year the event attracts some 7,000 rowers and crowds in excess of 300,000 who turn out to enthusiastically cheer them on.

    Boston Tea Party Reenactment

    December 16, 2020

    Venue: Old South Meeting House

    Relive one of the most iconic public protests in American history – the Boston Tea Party. Gather at Old South Meeting House, the actual historic landmark where the colonists met in 1773, with Boston’s infamous rabblerousers like Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, to debate the tea tax and demand liberty from the British crown. It’s followed by a procession to Griffin’s Wharf accompanied by fife and drums, before the tea is then dumped unceremoniously into the waters at Boston Harbour.

    First Night Arts Festival

    December 31, 2020 –
    January 1, 2021

    Venues: Various venues in downtown Boston

    Entitling the bearer entrance to a range of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film events, a First Night Button is a passport to a whole raft of activities and entertainment as part of Boston’s First Night New Year’s Eve arts festival. The entertainment programme features over 250 performances, exhibitions and workshops which are held at some 40 different venues in this exciting city. Attractions and entertainment, ranging from a city parade to a fireworks display, begin at around midday and continue through until midnight; the First Night Button also offers discounts at selected venues well into the New Year.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Boston


    In recent years, Boston has drastically improved its accommodation options, with old favourites receiving much-needed makeovers, and boutique hotels drawing

    visitors to developing areas of the city. The question now is – how to choose?

    Boston Harbor Hotel

    70 Rowes Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110
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    Category: Expensive

    Leading the way in Boston’s lodging list is this opulent wonder with marble-lavished interiors.

    Hotel Commonwealth

    500 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215
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    Category: Expensive

    The elegant home of trendy nightspot Eastern Standard, this hotel is popular with the rich and famous.

    Nine Zero

    90 Tremont Street
    02108 Boston
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    Category: Moderate

    With yoga sessions, personal shoppers and a celebrity chef, Nine Zero is the best of Boston’s boutique hotels.

    Boston Marriott Copley Place

    110 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02116
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    Category: Moderate

    Ideally located, this enormous hotel offers panoramic views of the city.

    Boston Hotel Buckminster

    645 Beacon Street
    Boston, MA 02215
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    Category: Cheap

    With a history dating back to 1897, this quaint but handsome hotel is a walk down memory lane.

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    The United States has varied weather conditions, and the best time to visit depends both upon the location and the season. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September and October) are generally cooler, more comfortable times to visit. Summer months – June, July, and August – are generally hot regardless of the region, but winter temperatures (November-February) can vary substantially depending upon the part of the US you are visiting. The southern part of the country tends to be warmer in the winter than the north. The general climate of the continental US is temperate, but keep in mind that Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic. Many of the country’s dependent territories, such as

    Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, are also tropical.

    Summer is considered the peak tourist season throughout the country; other popular travel times are major American holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Easter Week and the school holiday known as Spring Break. Certain destinations, such as New York, are perennial favourites and are busy year-round; even when the weather may not be pleasant, these destinations have particular attractions or experiences that always draw travellers. In some parts of the country, travel services may be limited during the low or off-season, largely due to weather conditions.


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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute maxØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan22 °C-24 °C2 °C-5 °C62 %97 mm95.0 h
    Feb21 °C-27 °C3 °C-4 °C62 %94 mm76.0 h
    Mar30 °C-17 °C7 °C0 °C63 %103 mm96.8 h
    Apr34 °C-8 °C13 °C4 °C62 %97 mm97.6 h
    May35 °C1 °C19 °C10 °C67 %89 mm98.6 h
    Jun37 °C5 °C24 °C15 °C69 %80 mm89.6 h
    Jul38 °C11 °C27 °C18 °C68 %76 mm79.8 h
    Aug38 °C7 °C26 °C17 °C71 %92 mm89.0 h
    Sep37 °C2 °C22 °C13 °C72 %81 mm78.0 h
    Oct32 °C-3 °C16 °C8 °C70 %88 mm76.6 h
    Nov28 °C-13 °C10 °C3 °C68 %110 mm94.9 h
    Dec22 °C-27 °C4 °C-2 °C66 %105 mm94.7 h
    year38 °C-27 °C15 °C6 °C67 %1112 mm987.2 h

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1


    Public telephones have become a rarity, but can still be found here and there. They take coins, telephone cards and credit cards. If you are planning to make regular use of public phones, it’s best to purchase a prepaid calling card from one of the many U.S. providers.

    Mobile Telephone

    Not all European cell phones work on the American network, since it requires a tri-band or quad-band device. Full network coverage is not always assured outside densely populated areas. Roaming charges are high here, so it is often cheaper to buy a SIM card from a U.S. provider. Low-cost prepaid SIM cards for making calls inside the country can be ordered online before you travel.


    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using unencrypted public Wi-Fi networks, it is not advisable to enter passwords, credit card details or banking credentials. We recommend using VPN app or security software to check Wi-Fi hotspots.

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    Shopping in Boston

    Key Areas

    You can find all the big-name designer brands in Boston, but the city has managed to hold onto many of its old independent outlets too. Bookshops abound, particularly in Cambridge, while Newbury Street is the main shopping thoroughfare.


    There are several flea markets around the city, but the best one is Sunday’s SoWa Market (Harrison Avenue).

    The hungry come for the food trucks and fantastic farmers market, but there’s also an arts section full of handmade items (Thayer Street).

    Shopping Centres

    Copley Place is an upmarket mall in Back Bay, housing the likes of Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany & Co. In the suburbs, Natick Mall provides a more down-to-earth shopping experience (1245 Worcester Street).

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.

    Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting in formal situations and in business meetings. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need be no fear of offending anyone of any background.

    Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.

    As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require more formal attire.

    Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public places.

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    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.

    Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or to religious requirements.

    Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however, both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.

    Other Risks

    The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness) and H1N1 have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all types of illness.

    Another concern with regard to safety is the possibility of terrorist attacks such as the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. City, state, and federal agencies have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place, however, and direct threats are infrequent.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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