The BEST Boston Travel Guide

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Boston Discovery Guide - Boston skyline photographed from Boston Harbor

Boston is one of the top travel destinations in the United States. 

Whether you're planning your first trip or have been here dozens of times, you'll find plenty to explore and enjoy.

Our beautiful waterfront city is filled with fascinating historical sites and modern attractions, wonderful hotels and restaurants, and more exciting events and things to do and see than you can possibly fit into one visit.

Welcome to, an independent travel and tourism guide packed with all the information you need to make the most of your Boston visit!


Top Boston Events & Activities Right Now

Summer has arrived, and Boston activities have moved outdoors.  Garden tours, the Dragon Boat festival on the Charles River, and the patriotic Bunker Hill Day Parade give everyone a chance to soak up some sun. 

Lots of visitors arrive this month, just in time to enjoy warm weather and sidewalk dining.  If you are visiting this month, pack a couple of sweaters and lightweight jackets for layers because June can still have a few cooler days and evenings.

Boston events for June Tall Ship Cruises Best Boston Sightseeing Tours


Happening Soon in Boston

Hard to believe - but Boston's gala July 4th celebration is coming soon, along with Harborfest, Shakespeare on the Common, and a lot more summer fun! 

Hotels book up at this time of the year - so make your reservations now!

July 4th Fireworks Harborfest Shakespeare on the Common


Plan Your Boston Visit

Find the perfect Boston hotels for your budget and location preferences, top attractions to visit, entertaining city tours and sightseeing cruises . . . We offer recommendations for all of these travel essentials to make sure you enjoy the best of Boston!

Boston Hotel Guide Top Boston Attractions Best Boston Tours and Cruises

Take a look at our Trip Planner and recommendations for best Guide Books. 

If you're heading out of the city on a cruise ship, or coming here for a Port of Call stop, we have lots of useful information for you, too. 

Boston Travel Planning Guide Best Guidebooks about Boston Getting Around Boston Best Cruises from Boston


Save BIG - Where to Find Discounts

A Boston vacation can be more affordable than you might think - especially if you take advantage of all the ways to save. 

Cheap Flights to Boston Boston Bargain Hotels Top Boston Discount Cards Half-price tickets for Boston shows, sports, cruises, tours

Look for the biggest discounts on big-ticket items: flights and hotels. 

Discount cards give you savings of as much as 50% savings on top attractions, tours, and day trips. 

Discount tickets to theater, shows, cruises, sports, and entertainment let you save even more. Check Goldstar for discount tickets.


Boston's Top Events

Our biggest events attract millions of visitors each year, and the city sparkles with excitement during these mega-events. 

Start planning your own visit to experience in person the First Night celebration on New Year's Eve, the spectacular Boston Pops Concert and July 4th Fireworks extravaganza on Independence day, the exciting Boston Marathon in April, and the breath-taking display fall foliage during autumn months.

Cheap Flights to Boston Boston Bargain Hotels Top Boston Discount Cards Half-price tickets for Boston shows, sports, cruises, tours


Why You'll Love Visiting Boston

You'll find lots of reasons to love Boston:

  • Unique city neighborhoods filled with historic treasures, stunning architecture, and interesting things to do
  • Fun cruises around Boston Harbor and up the Charles River - and don't forget lots of exciting tours by foot, wheels, and pedal-power
  • Sports!  Fenway Park, the Red Sox, the Bruins, the Celtics, the New England Patriots
  • A thriving cultural scene, with world-renowned concert halls and orchestras, a vibrant Theatre District, numerous museums and galleries, and some of the best comedy clubs on the East Coast
  • Great shopping - must-visit spots include Newbury Street boutiques in Back Bay, browsing for antiques along Beacon Hill's Charles Street, and lively Faneuil Hill Marketplace across from the waterfront

All this and more makes Boston fun to visit, whether you're coming for a vacation or business travel.

But that's just the beginning.  Excellent hotels, chef-owned restaurants, and numerous things to do combined with Boston's compact, human-scale size give you the opportunity to fully enjoy yourself as you explore the city.

So if you're planning a visit, where to begin?  That's where Boston Discovery Guide comes in. 

You'll find all the travel information you need to plan your trip, ranging from guides to Boston's top attractions, fun events, and entertainment to our world-class museums and sports to tips about hidden treasures. is an independent travel guide created by experienced world travelers who have called Boston home for 20+ years.  We love Boston - and know you will too!


Keep Up with the Best in Boston

We update almost daily.   Here's how you can stay in touch with the latest Boston tourism information:

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Thanks for visiting Boston Discovery Guide. We hope you'll have a wonderful time during your visit - and enjoy this city as much as we do!

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