Weekend Escape | Boston | RTX Traveler Magazine

As the largest city in New England and one of the oldest cities in the country, Boston has a lot to offer for visitors seeking history, sports, culture, cuisine or a little bit of everything. Trace the trails of history through the American Revolution or visit more modern icons like Fenway Park and the famous Cheers! Bar. Eat or drink your way through the city’s abundant and varied cuisines or take an excursion on the water with a kayak tour or whale watching trip. However you spend your escape in Boston, you’ll be planning your return trip before you even get home. RTX Premium and Premium Plus members can book flights, car rentals and hotel stays in Boston using their membership.

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Getting There

Boston is about four hours north of New York City by car. If you’re driving, several major highways lead to Boston. Check with your hotel to verify parking details. If you’re arriving by air, the Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) serves more than 40 airlines with nonstop flights to and from more than 100 domestic and international destinations. The airport is anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes from downtown Boston depending on how you travel. Savvy travelers utilize the area’s public transportation system, known locally as the “T.” With daily or weekly T-Pass, you have unlimited rides on the subway, local buses, inner harbor ferry and certain commuter rail zones for either 24 hours or seven days.

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Start your visit at Boston Common, the oldest city park in the country. In addition to historical monuments and structures, the 50-acre park offers plenty of recreation, relaxation and people watching. From the Common, stretch your legs on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile urban walking trail that features 16 historical sites from the American Revolution. Choose from several guided tours, or download maps and see the sights on your own.  After finishing the Freedom Trail at the Bunker Hill Monument, grab a bite to eat at the Navy Yard Bistro & Wine Bar before taking a stroll along the Boston Harbor to end your day.

Day 2

Get out of the city for an artsy excursion to the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln. The large-scale outdoor modern and contemporary works will wow you as you enjoy the park’s 30 acres.  Pop over to Concord and grab lunch from the deli at the Concord Cheese Shop before heading back to the city. In the afternoon, don your sports gear and take a tour of famous Fenway Park to see where some of baseball’s greatest made their marks before taking in a Red Sox home game. Pop in to The Corner Tavern for a late night meal or drinks after the game.

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Get up early and head to The Paramount Beacon Hill, one of the city’s most favorite breakfast spots, then burn those calories with another historical stroll in one of the best walking cities in the country. Explore Boston’s Irish roots with the self-guided Irish Heritage Trail map, or learn about Boston’s role in the Abolition Movement and Underground Railroad with a free guided tour of the Black Heritage Trail which ends at the recently restored African Meeting House. Get a sandwich from Sam LaGrassa’s for lunch and then rest your feet and see the city from a different point of view with one of the guided tours from Paddle Boston. Choose from river or harbor kayak tours, stand up paddle board tours or eco tours that range from two to four hours and offer a variety of experiences. After working up an appetite on the water, enjoy some of Boston’s best seafood at The Daily Catch.

Day 4

Start your last day with a bang at Theo’s Cozy Corner Restaurant, a casual and affordable diner where everyone makes you feel like a neighbor and the omelets and breakfast plates are tops. Spend the rest of your day at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, an iconic and historic complex of shopping, dining, entertainment and more. Purchase souvenirs from locally owned boutiques in between catching the acts of world-renowned street performers. When you’ve worked up an appetite, there are 14 restaurants and pubs in addition to the 36 international food vendors inside of the Quincy Market Colonnade. Before saying farewell to Boston, take a tour or grab a pint at the Harpoon Brewery and give a toast to The Cradle of Liberty.

Good to know

There are several interactive maps for Boston’s historical sites and trails. Get them here to help plan your visit and guide you while you’re exploring Boston!

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