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The Best Places to See in Boston, MA

Updated on September 11, 2014

Some of the Best Places to See in Boston, MA, from the North End to Fenway Park

Founded in 1630, Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and the largest city in New England, at a population of 645,000. It's a city with a rich sports history thanks to the Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics, deep historical roots (remember the Boston Tea Party?), unique buildings like the Hancock Tower and the Pru, world renowned museums, unbeatable restaurants, and above all, character. Read more about the best places to visit in Boston, cool places to go, and interesting destinations near and within the city that you shouldn't miss.

This page will list the best sightseeing attractions and viewpoints of the city. For a list of popular activities in the city, please read this guide on

fun things to do in Boston.

Boston is One of America's Oldest Cities!

Renovations to the city make it modernized and new (The Big Dig)

Since Boston buildings have been close together for hundreds of years, before the advent of cars, the road system is quite tough to navigate. The much criticized "Big Dig" work that was done from the first ground breaking in 1991 and being completed in 2007. The new tunnel system had huge obstacles to overcome, such as tunneling under an existing subway tunnel and circumventing pipes and wires already in place. By the end of the construction, a number of parks and open areas made the top of the city much more attractive, while alleviating traffic below (though the tunnel has has its problems).

The Best Boston Guide - Just the right size for travel - detailed photos, maps, and recommendations

DK Eyewitness Travel makes some of the best and easiest to use books for easy reading at a glance. Recommendations for restaurants, real-world tips, pictures and history are all given.

Top 10 Boston (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides)
Top 10 Boston (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides)
DK Travel always makes an excellent guide, and this is no exception. Navigating the streets of Boston can be overwhelming, as streets are set up very haphazardly. This books covers all of the must-see gems and treasures Boston has to offer, all in one convenient guide.
 

Fenway Park

Fenway Park
Fenway Park

Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge
Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

Landfill!

The original size of Boston was much smaller than the present size. Boston used to be a peninsula, which was later filled in. Much of the present day city is predominantly fill, and no longer resembles a peninsula.

Old North Church

Old North Church
Old North Church

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The Prudential Building

The Prudential Building
The Prudential Building

Back Bay View of the City

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A Cruise Through Boston

A cruise through the Big Dig Tunnels caught on tape!

Quincy Market and Customs House Tower

It's the "T." The mostly underground transportation system is known as the "T." Don't call it anything else, it's a dead giveaway you're a tourist!

Boston weather can range during the seasons from icy, blistering cold in the winter to very hot and humid in the summer. Expect summer and spring days to change without notice to rainy, cool days in the '50s and '60s, while peaking in the high 80's and sometimes 90's. Winter temps are typically between 25-45 during the day. Autumn temperatures range usually in the 50s and 60s and mostly dry.

Here's a chart with annual averages for precipitation in Boston as well as temperatures from Weather.com.

Peak fall foliage colors for Boston usually hits mid to late October. Colors here are vibrant, but even more so north of the city in the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont. Expect traffic and sometimes difficulty finding places to stay during those weeks, so book ahead. The western part of Mass, the Berkshires, is also known for its impressive foliage in autumn.

It's safe to say that it's "shorts and t-shirt" weather from late May to early September, plus or minus a few weeks. In the fall, you'll need a windbreaker, light jacket, or sweatshirt with pants, and in the winter, dress as warm as possible from December to mid March (again, plus or minus a few weeks).

Winter driving in Boston can be tough. If you haven't driven in the snow before, it might be a good idea to have some more experienced drive (Bostonians aren't very tolerant of newbie snow drivers!), or to at least rent an SUV with four wheel drive.

Buildings on the Waterfront at Dusk, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Around Boston

There are several cool places to visit not far from Boston, like Plum Island, Plymouth, Cape Cod, the Islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Even other states are comparitively close, Rhode Island being only about 45 miles away and New Hampshire about 30 miles away.

Downtown Boston

Downtown Boston
Downtown Boston

A Few Recommended Boston Books - Guides to the city that are perfect for your trip!

Here are some excellent rated books and guides to navigate the city of Boston.

Red Sox Apparel

You'll find yourself making plenty of friends in Boston if you have the right sports attire on. Here are some hand picked, highly rated Red Sox clothing, shirts, hats and sweatshirts.

Celtics Apparel

What trip would be complete to Boston without some unique sports apparel from the local teams? We've hand picked the best rated and best looking Celtics shirts, hats and more here.

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Boston Skyline Photo

Introduction photograph by Emmanuel Huybrechts on flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

Boston Home Remodeling from GreenStar Builders

Reliable building and remodeling on the South Shore, from Cape Cod to Boston.

Fall Foliage Posters

Posters of fall foliage scenes throughout New England. The perfect gift for anyone that makes an annual leaf peeping trip up north!

South Shore Tees

T-shirts for every major town on the south shore of Massachusetts!

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