Crisp autumn morning jogging by the Charles River, panoramic views of a clean city skyline in the distance. The sound of cheers and the crack of the bat at Fenway Park. Steaming hot dogs and creamy clam chowder on a cold day. Boston is like New York City’s older, more cultured brother. Boston’s rich history means there’s always something to do, and hiring a car will take you there.
Buckle yourself in for a journey with DriveAway Holidays as we provide the low-down on why Boston car hire is a great idea.Read more...
How driving in Boston allows you to experience more
Boston is well serviced by many roads of different shapes and sizes that wind across the city. Many Bostonians say that these roads are part of Boston’s charm. As the city has grown over time, the roads naturally grew with it – rather than being a planned grid system. These roads allow all the important places to be connected; visit the Red Sox at Fenway Park or engage in active discussions at MIT or Harvard.
- Tip 1: Narrow colonial-era style streets and small parking spaces so it’s best to rent a compact car if you can.
- Tip 2: Notable for its one-way streets. Make sure you read signs unless you want to be angrily ‘honked’ at by a frustrated Bostonian.
Boston, the unofficial capital of New England – gateway to Northeast USA
Vibrant autumns, rocky Atlantic coastline, forested mountains and a turbulent colonial past defines New England – a Northeast region of the United States comprised of the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. As the unofficial capital of New England, Boston is ideal to begin your journey, or as a base to travel to other parts of Northeast USA.
- Tip 1: if time is on your side, drive 3 and a half hour to Burlington in Vermont, a historic, picturesque town bordered by Lake Champlain to the West and Mt Mansfield State Forest to the east.
Why parking garages are your new best friend
Limited street parking and narrow colonial-era streets may mean finding a parking spot difficult. Plan ahead and locate a parking garage (car park) – it may be a little more expensive than what you’re used to, however, you’ll quickly find that metered parking can result in a more expensive exercise than the parking garages.
- Tip 1: Park outside the city centre or in a parking garage.
- Tip 2: If you wish to brave street parking, try a website like Parkopedia.
Boston’s colonial past, its stunning seasonal weather, student hub status and endless sports games to catch provides an array of entertainment at your fingertips. Boston car rental enables you to have excellent access to all that Boston and New England provides.
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Car Hire Boston
Boston is one of America’s oldest cities, founded in 1630 by English Puritan settlers. Over the years it has been the scene for a number of important founding moments for the United States – such as those related to the American Revolution. Boston city covers 124 km² and is home to the world’s oldest annual marathon, the Boston Marathon. The city community is diverse, with many different cultures and backgrounds present – this is reflected in the city’s architecture, food and art. Its seasons are well defined; autumn is a highlight with bright hues of red and orange blanketing the trees. Begin your trip by collecting your Boston car hire from Boston Airport. Boston Logan Airport is the largest airport in New England, servicing over 25 million passengers a year. The Airport is located just 6 km away from the city centre, approximately a 15-minute drive. DriveAway Holidays partners with 6 suppliers at Boston Logan Airport, which makes picking up a car easy.
What can you do in Boston? Well, there are the famed historical sites, such as the Freedom Trail, the world-renowned universities - does Harvard ring a bell? If you like sports, Boston is crazy for them, and don’t forget the amazing local food – Italian, Irish and Polish influences make for some mouth-watering treats. Boston’s location serves the northeast United States well, and is the largest city in New England. DriveAway Holidays suggests exploring some of the area’s most captivating parts.
- Salem, infamous for the 1692 witch trials is located roughly 40 minutes north of Boston by car. There are a number of museums to visit and walking tours to learn about the urban legends. Prepare to be bewitched by this small and spooky town.
- Burlington is located in the northeast corner of the state of Vermont and is a 3 and a half hours drive from Boston. It would be worth staying a night or two in Vermont’s largest city to see their charming way of life. Make sure to try their maple cookies or fresh, creamy ice cream. Come in autumn if you can to drive through corridors of colourful trees.
- Other notable places to visit: Portland, Providence and Portsmouth – all within a 2-hour drive from Boston
|Cities (To and From)||Distance (Approx. km)||Travel Time (Approx. hr)|
|Boston – New York||348||3.5|
|Boston – Portland||180||2|
|Boston – Burlington||347||3.5|
|Boston – Providence||82||1.25|
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