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Island Hopping, New England Style

I grew up in New England, and some of my best childhood memories are from summer vacations by the shore: playing on sandy beaches, having clambakes at sunset, catching fireflies at twilight, taking hikes through the woods, picnicking in grassy fields, and taking ferry boat rides across the harbor. While I’ll never get those precious sun-drenched childhood days back (don’t we all wish we could!), I can help my own kids create seashore memories like these on a day trip or camping trip to the Boston Harbor Islands, a group of islands and peninsulas just off the coast of Massachusetts. read more »

Love History? Boston’s Freedom Trail Takes You Back in Time

Not many folks realize this, but there are actually two Bostons. The first Boston is the one that most people are familiar with: the city known for its distinctive skyline, defined by the easily-recognizable Prudential Center and John Hancock Building. It’s the Boston that’s a sports mecca (Red Sox and Bruins), the home of first-rate colleges and universities (Harvard, Boston University and Northeastern), a world-class center of performing arts (the Theater District, Symphony Hall, and the Boston Opera House), and a shopaholic’s paradise (Copley Square, Newbury Street).

The second Boston is very different, but just as alive and vibrant. It’s the city linked together by the Freedom Trail, a red brick walking path that leads you through the oldest parts of the city. The 2.5 mile walk begins at the Boston Common and ends at the USS Constitution; along the way, it takes you back in time to the Colonial era, enabling you to encounter some of the most important sites in our nation’s history. read more »

Get a Real Feel for the City on Your Next Trip

Have you ever visited a big city and wondered what it would be like to live there? Being a tourist is a blast, and sure, hotels can be nice, but they do lack some of the comforts of a home – your own gourmet kitchen, private patios, board games and books, toys for the kids, and unique neighborhoods, to name a few. On your next trip, whether it's a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, consider getting a real feel for your destination by staying in a vacation rental. read more »

Historic Boston B&B’s provide a unique perspective for your Boston vacation

Boston is steeped in history, and visitors to Boston can explore that rich history at famous landmarks like Old State House, Paul Revere House, Faneuil Hall, and the site of the Boston Massacre, to name a few. But what about taking it a step further, and staying in one of Boston’s historic Bed and Breakfasts? read more »

Eating Up Boston's History

If you’re planning a trip to Boston, chances are you’ll find yourself pounding the pavement or, more likely, contending with scraggy cobblestones, along The Freedom Trail, a popular tourist attraction that may be familiar to you. Winding through the heart of the city, the 2.5-mile, self-guided trek connects 16 sites of historic importance—most centered on the Revolutionary War era—via a red-painted line on ground. read more »

Holiday Happenings in Big, Beautiful Cities

Holiday travel brings friends and family together to revel in the comfort of familiar surroundings. But it also provides an unmatched opportunity to explore traditions beyond your own family or hometown celebrations. If a CityPASS tour takes you on the road this Christmas season, look for your destination city’s signature holiday happenings and join the festivities. You just might turn some vacation memories into traditions of your own back home. read more »

Top Destinations for the Holidays

Top Holiday DestinationsAre you the kind of person that likes to travel for the holidays? Well, you're not alone! Turns out that there are a lot of people that would rather spend the holidays away from home. So where do they go? In the graphic below we highlight some of the top destinations that people head to for the holidays and some of the things they do when they get there.

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Boston in Fall: Much More Than Colorful Leaves

A fall foliage tour in New England appears on many a life’s to-do list, but let’s face it, looking at trees for too long can start to seem a bit, well, pedestrian. If you’re more of the get-up-and-go sort, you can take in the pretty colors and elevate your heart rate at the same time with a biking tour of Boston’s Emerald Necklace. The 1,000-acre chain of parkland designed by Frederick Law Olmstead stretches from Boston Common to Franklin Park, and is a favorite leisure destination of locals all year long. But it’s especially beautiful when the trees start to turn, with peak color typically occurring between mid-October and early November. read more »

The Great Age of Sail Lives on in Salem

Visiting Boston and seeing the wonderful attractions there? If you have a spare afternoon—and an interest in any or all things maritime—consider an excursion to nearby Salem, Mass., where you can discover nearly four centuries of sailing history. read more »

Foodie or not, you can't go wrong with these dining suggestions!

It's the question everyone's trying to answer: "Where should we eat?" Our partners at WhereTraveler make that decision a little easier with their tips on the best dining in 100+ destinations worldwide, including many CityPASS cities. From the swanky to the down-and-dirty-dive-right-in, check out some of these delicious dining options on your next CityPASS adventure.

 

 

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