- Boston is the capital city of the American state of Massachusetts, located on the Eastern seaboard of the country. Boston is also the largest city in New England, making it the United States of America’s 23rd largest city. The population of the city of Boston almost totals 700,000, with the area of Greater Boston home to an additional 4.6 million.
- Steeped in history, Boston is one of the oldest cities throughout the US, having been founded all the way back in 1630. Plenty of the most famous events in North American history have unfolded in Boston, with key moments from the American Revolution including both the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre.
- It is presently an international centre for higher learning and medicine, home to the prestigious and famous Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology – also referred to as MIT. Both colleges are highly revered, and as a result the city is a lively place with a buzzing student populous.
Some rules of the road
- In line with the rules of the rest of the United States, when driving around Boston be sure to drive on the left side of the road.
- Boston is a city that is frequently navigated by walking, so it is important to stay aware of pedestrians and keep an eye out for those who might attempt to cross the road despite not being at a crossing.
- Boston has carpool lanes for routes taking you directly in or out of the city, which is intended for vehicles that have at least two people inside.
- Keep a card or some change on your at all times, as there are a number of tolls across the city. Some of these tolls only have an option for an E-ZPass, which can charge you automatically if you have one, but you will be sent an invoice if you do not.
- It is legal for drivers over the age of 18 to be on the phone while driving, but you must always have one hand on the wheel, and it is illegal for the driver to text at any point.
Car Hire in Logan International Airport
Boston’s primary airport is the Logan International Airport, officially known as General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, but more frequently referred to as Boston Logan Airport or Logan Airport. The airport has a dedicated Rental Car Centre, easily accessible from both the airport station and terminals. Blue and white shuttle buses run frequently, ready to take you directly to the centre every five minutes.
The Rental Car Centre houses many of the most popular car hire agencies as well as some local choices. The car hire agencies available are as follows; Silvercar by Audi, Zipcar, E-Z Rent-a-Car, Payless, National, Thrifty, Dollar, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Alamo, Hertz, and Advantage. With all of this choice, you will be sure to have exactly what you want on hand, and will be able to find the most competitive price. Booking your rental car in advance will enable you both to save money and to be able to get your holiday started as soon as possible!
Guide to Boston
A holiday can be an expensive thing, but Boston offers plenty for those on a budget to ensure they can still have a fantastic time visiting. There are numerous walks and trails on offer, waiting for you to explore all the best of the city and properly get to grips with this wonderful destination. For history buffs, head to the Walk the Freedom Trail, a self-guided tour that brings you to an impressive sixteen different historical sites. Take your time at each stop to fully immerse yourself in this city’s past. The JFK Trail allows you to walk in the footsteps of one of the US’s most popular Presidents, including the dormitory at Harvard University that President Kennedy stayed in during his time there, and the home in which he was born. There are multiple Heritage Trail walks on offer, such as the Women’s Heritage Trail, Black Heritage Trail, and Irish Heritage Trail, giving a remarkable insight into the various cultures that have fed into Boston’s history and made it the place it is today.
Boston is peppered with fascinating museums and galleries, many of which offer free admission, and plenty of them ready to give the young ones in your party an interactive and exciting day out. The Abiel Smith School is an important site in Boston, a National Historic Landmark that is open for visitors from 10am to 4pm six days a week (barring Sunday). Step back in time and learn about the lives of African Americans throughout slavery as well as brave and concerted efforts made by those who sought to give everyone equal access to education. Boston’s Children’s Museum will be a hit with the whole family, with plenty of interactive exhibits that will both entertain and educate young and old, focusing on science, culture, environmental awareness, health and fitness, as well as the arts – the day will fly by! Literary buffs will love visiting the Boston Athenaeum, an impressive building housing the oldest independent library in the entirety of the United States of America.
The area of Fenway might initially bring its namesake ballpark to mind, but this is also an area that has an exciting nightlife scene. The House of Blues frequently plays host to some of the biggest music names, as it is an iconic place to take in a concert – be wary of how busy the street will be if the Sox are playing, but it is certainly worth the risk. Baseball Tavern plays on its proximity to the ballpark, as from this gorgeous rooftop you can see some of the interior of Fenway itself, but this bar offers so much more than just their view. It has been kept in the family for generations, and has managed to maintain a comfortable but lively atmosphere in all that time, with food and drink offerings that will satiate the fussiest and most particular of guests.
Museums, fine arts & theatres
If your trip to Boston includes little ones, there are plenty of fabulous things to do to make sure everyone is entertained and tired enough to sleep deeply at the end of each day. The New England Aquarium can be found on Boston’s waterfront, and the highlight is certainly the impressively huge coral reef replica that is rightfully given centre stage. The aquarium has over 1.3 million visitors annually, and visiting lets you quickly see for yourself why it is such a universal hit. The Museum of Fine Arts might not initially feel like a family choice for those with excitable young ones, but the museum’s Egyptian collection has a specific target for engaging little ones. Also, the museum frequently has kids activities like scavenger hunts or story time for toddlers.
Boston comes alive at night, with plenty of bars providing unbeatable atmospheres, but also with the offerings of numerous theatres. The Wilbur Theatre should be your go-to if you are looking for a laugh, as many of the best and funniest comedy tours pass through this fantastic venue – an evening spent here will ensure you leave with a belly ache in the end. For a different place offering the same result, Shear Madness is a comedy play that has been running for almost forty years straight, and you could go three nights in a row and see something different each evening. It is a must-see every time you are in town. Award-winning theatre can be found in the Back Bay, with the Lyric Stage Company now in its 45th season as it continues to grow and improve with each fantastic production that is put on. Have a look at their listings before you head out to make sure you can get tickets to whatever they are offering, as each one is a surefire winner.
Eating Out in Boston
Giacomo’s is an Italian restaurant found in the North End of the city, and it is one of the most popular restaurants in the area for good reason. If you want the chance to try their delicious pasta and other staple dishes, you may have to wait in line outside. However, it is certainly worth the wait, and not an expensive meal either. They open at 4 each day, so pop over for a late lunch or for your dinner – the fettuccini is a particular winner for many.
Eastern Standard is a classic for any burger lovers, as they have been offering some of the most delicious burgers in the city for a decade. No matter the occasion or the time, Eastern Standard is a brilliant place to eat, and their standard burger is still one of the most popular choices on their extensive menu.
Tatte Bakery and Café is waiting for you if you fancy something more special than cereal to get your day started the right way. There are numerous locations across the city, meaning you will never be too far from their light and delicate pastries or a warming cup of great coffee. Tatte pride themselves on their locally sourced ingredients, and whatever you choose will also make for a pleasing instagram shot as well.
Black Lamb is still new to the foodie scene in Boston, but it is a hit for a reason. You can find this restaurant in the South End, and it frequently has a lively atmosphere as everyone pours in for either lunch, dinner, or brunch at the weekend. They offer classic dishes but with a modern update, and if you crave some indulgence then treat yourself to the roasted king crab – you will be raving about it long after you have left the city.
FAQ’s about Car Hire in Boston
How much does it cost to hire a car in Boston?
The average cost of renting a car in Boston is $46 (£36) per day, depending on your requirements and the time of your booking.
Which car hire agency in Boston is cheapest?
Alamo, Avis and Hertz frequently offer the lowest prices for car hire in Boston, both of which are available at Logan International Airport.
Which Boston car hire company is the most popular?
As well as being one of the cheapest, Alamo car hire is also one of the most popular, frequently chosen. Avis, Enterprise and Sixt are also available.
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