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Boston, Massachusetts, USA — Overview for travelers

Griffins Wharf, site of the Boston Tea Party
Griffins Wharf, site of the Boston Tea Party

Boston in a nutshell

Ancient red-brick sidewalks twist past handsome Federalist houses on the way to soaring glass towers housing state-of-the-art technology.
The sports teams are the best loved and the most hated at one and the same time. Residents are fiercely protective of their neighborhoods and fiercely critical of the MBTA, the government and the weather.
In the harbors of Boston lie both the majestic U.S.S. Constitution, still commissioned to fight America’s battles, and scores of sleek white fiberglass pleasure boats. There are tiny restaurants tucked into rosy brick town houses on Beacon Hill and huge restaurants on the dizzying tops of skyscrapers in the downtown. Food ranges from the most radical of nouvelle chic to downhome Cajun.
Boston is a diverse modern city of neighborhoods. From the North End to Bay Village, Back Bay to the South End, Jamaica Plain to Charlestown, the city shows its diversity of populations, of languages, of foods and philosophies. Immigrants from every corner of the globe have been welcomed by the city and re-shaped into Americans whose memories and customs enrich the community.
Boston is a city where politics is everyone’s hobby, but sports are taken very seriously; where you can hear six different languages in Filene’s Basement in one morning; where the world’s largest record store and the stately dome of the Mother Church of Christian Science are in the same neighborhood, and where gilded stone lions and a towering 60-story wedge of glass comfortably rub shoulders.

Sightseeing & Attractions

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace & Quincy Market Building
  • Old State House
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Black Heritage Trail
  • The Freedom Trail
  • USS Constitution
  • Paul Revere House
  • New England Aquarium
  • Longfellow National Historic Site
  • Beacon Hill
  • Back Bay
  • South End
  • Boston’s Fall Foliage

Read more in our article Boston, Massachusetts, USA — Sightseeing & Attractions


Average monthly temperatures in Boston range from 28.2 degrees in January to 72.0 degrees in July. The normal annual precipitation is 44.23 inches. The prevailing wind is from the west, with an average velocity of 10 to 13 miles per hour.

Average temperatures Boston

Jan2,8 C (37 F)-5 C (23 F)
Feb2,8 C (37 F)-5 C (23 F)
Mar7,2 C (45 F)-0,5 C (31 F)
Apr13,3 C (56 F)4,4 C (40 F)
May20 C (68 F)10 C (50 F)
Jun24,4 C (76 F)15 C (59 F)
Jul27,7 C (82 F)18,3 C (65 F)
Aug26,6 C (80 F)17,2 C (63 F)
Sep22,7 C (73 F)13,9 C (57 F)
Oct17,2 C (63 F)8,3 C (47 F)
Nov11,1 C (52 F)3,3 C (38 F)
Dec4,4 C (40 F)-2,8 C (27F)

7-Day Forecast: 7-Day Forecast 42.36N 71.07W (weather.gov)

Map Boston, MA

City Data & Essentials

Total Area: 89.63 sq. miles
Land Area: 48.42 sq. miles

Public transportation
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
provides fixed route service within the city and to surrounding towns.

Web: MBTA – Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

675,647 (2020 U.S. Census)
617,594 (2010 U.S. Census)

589.141 (2000 U.S. Census)

Logan International Airport
Web: Boston Logan International Airport (massport.com)

45 feet above sea level

Visitor Center

Boston Common Visitor Center
139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111
Web: Visit Boston (bostonusa.com)

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