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In New England (a northeastern area of the United States), Boston is the largest city. And as one of the oldest cities in the country, Boston is both the capital of Massachusetts and the center of a metropolitan area home to between 4 and 8 million people, depending on whether or not you count the millions who commute into Boston during the work week. Boston is about 200 miles northeast of New York City.

If your travels require driving into or around the city, you can always use VroomVroomVroom to find a cheap rate on a car rental in Boston!

The most famous event in the city is held every April – the Boston Marathon, the oldest annual marathon in the world. The 26.2 mile run takes place on Patriots' Day, along with a Major League Baseball game hosted by the Boston Red Sox, that also starts in the morning.

What if you're flying to Boston? Can you find cheap rental cars at the Logan Airport?

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Travelers entering Boston often fly in Logan International Airport on the East end of Boston. Logan International handles the majority of passenger flights for Boston, although T.F. Green Airport to the south in Providence and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport to the north are additional options for reaching Boston. 

It's recommended that no matter where you touch down, reserving a car rental using VroomVroomVroom will save you time and money, and also provides great rental car options for the busy Boston area traffic! Logan International Airport in Boston is vast, sitting on 1700 acres of land and including its own power plant, police and fire stations, and a non-denominational worship chapel. In 2008 the airport's 9/11 Memorial was dedicated – it's a beautiful glass sculpture surrounded by 2.5 acres for remembrance and reflection, in honor of the American Airlines and United Airlines passengers and crews who died in 2001.

Passengers at Logan International will use Terminal A, B, C or E, and each has its own baggage claim, walkway system, and facility for ground transportation. The airport offers convenient car rental options, including Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty. It is a good idea to contact your Boston airport car rental provider via phone or the internet for info related to your specific trip.

What should you do first when driving around Boston?

Take a drive in your rental car to the city of Boston and come take one of the first walking tours on the Freedom Trail in America! If you prefer not to walk, there is also a trolley that embarks along the tour. The tour covers centuries of local and national history and features many exhibits to stop and look at along the way.

Rent a car with us in Boston and drive over to Kenmore Square where you can do some shopping and grab a bite to eat. You can even vist Boston University to explore the campus before fall semester starts! Looking to dance the night away while you are in Boston? It's never a dull moment at Tequila Rain! Spring is almost here, so get your car booked with us and prepare to party!

What else do you need to know about Historic Boston?

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Puritans from England colonized Boston in 1630 on the Shawmut Peninsula, though archaeologists say the peninsula was home to natives over 6000 years prior to the English arrivals. The Puritans originally called their town Trimountaine, but it was soon renamed after the Boston of the English county Lincolnshire. The colonists soon created Boston Latin School (America's first public school) and Roxbury Latin School (which has continually provided education for over 360 years).

Boston was the second-largest town (behind Philadelphia) in Britain's American colonies – and one of the largest in the British Empire – when the American Revolution was fought from 1775 to 1783. Boston was central to several events of the war, including the Boston Massacre, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the Boston Tea Party, Battle of Bunker Hill, the Siege of Boston, and Paul Revere's midnight ride. 

If you're in Boston, your rental car will make visiting any or all of these historic sites easy and fun! By the time the United States became an independent nation, Boston was a major shipping port and a center for the new country's trade, manufacturing and engineering achievements. For example, the first subway system in the country opened in Boston in 1897. And its numerous universities and colleges make the city a hub of higher education, as well as medical research and treatment.

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Revolutionizing the Present: Plan Your Boston Vacation

This guide will help you not only get the most from your Boston visit, it will also tell you some of the best road trips to do in Boston when you are driving there next. If you don't own your own car, just borrow one from a friend or rent one. Public transport is also an option, however you can get more done in a rental car since you won't be on a schedule so much.

Boston is a city where old meets new, the ghosts of American's past shake the hands of the contemporary artist, the educated and the talented.

When the rest of the western world was busy modernizing and contemporizing, Boston was nurturing its history; holding onto its past and accomplishments, its pulse that beats with ancient victory.

City skyscrapers are juxtaposed against Faneuil Hall, built by John Smibert in 1742! The grandeur of the Massachusetts State House stands proud and strong even though it was built in 1795.

19th Century majesty still breathes through restored hallways, red bricks tower heavenward and old oaks whisper secrets into the breeze. Boston never abandoned its heritage, it was celebrated.

Buried in the ground and lining the streets is the map to the past, the Freedom Trail follows the city's greatest sites and events, a walking time line if you please (takes a good couple of hours).

Visit Boston for a memorable and beloved adventure with your reliable car hire in Boston. Discover the best and world-class restaurants, hotels and things to do with  our  best Boston Travel Guide to plan your vacation.

If you are still organizing your travel plans, April and May are fabulous months to visit Boston, as spring blooms along the city's parks and green spaces. While October and November are perfect if you want to witness real New England fall. 

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Scampo, the stunning first floor restaurant in Boston's Liberty Hotel, is a culinary destination created by legendary chef Lydia Shire and The Lyons Group. In Scampo, Shire's reputation for defying tradition translates into Italian-inspired cuisine unrestrained by borders, drawing on flavors from the Mediterranean and Middle East. 

Designed in collaboration with renowned designers Rafael Alvarez and Brannen Brock, Scampo is a reflection of Chef Shire: bold, red and full of energy. The contemporary space features shiny copper lamps, a glowing orange bar and stools overlooking a mozzarella bar, setting the stage for house-made breads baked in a tandoori oven, pastas that surpass red sauce norms and entrées that turn simple ingredients into extraordinary experiences. 

An approachable wine list complements the food with ready-to-drink varietals from mostly small Italian and American producers. A secluded 60-seat outdoor patio is open during warm weather months, while a 50-seat private dining room features an exciting view of the open kitchen. Scampo is available for group dining, semi-private and privates events, as well as complete buyouts. Scampo is located within the Liberty Hotel at 215 Charles Street in Boston. For more information, please call (617) 536-2100 or visit Follow Scampo on Facebook, Instagram at @ScampoBoston and Twitter @ScampoLiberty.

Top of the Hub

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Throughout its 50 year history, Top of the Hub has welcomed residents and visitors alike with outstanding cuisine, impeccable service and sophisticated ambiance.  Offering panoramic views of the city, the restaurant is open seven days a week, serving lunch, dinner, a late night menu and Sunday Brunch.  The Lounge offers live jazz entertainment seven nights a week.    

In addition to being named one of the world's most romantic dining destinations by The Travel Channel, the restaurant is proud to have received continued industry recognition from Distinguished Restaurants of North America as well as multiple Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace 

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Located in downtown Boston, steps away from the waterfront, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is alive today as it was in 1742 when our nation's fathers proclaimed it "The Cradle of Liberty." The Marketplace is rich in colonial and post-revolutionary history as the popularity of Boston was burgeoning and vendors at Faneuil Hall were under pressure to keep up with increased demand from new residents.  

In 1823, Mayor Josiah Quincy took office vowing to establish a public market, fully stocked, where both bluebloods and longshoremen could buy their food.  In 1986, the market (now called Quincy Market) opened to great fanfare in the spectacular Greek Revival-style structure to reflect the connection between the world's first democracy and modern day Boston. At the time, Quincy market vendors sold produce, dairy, meats including turkey, chicken and beef which are depicted on tiles that you can see at the Quincy Market Food Colonnade vendor Picolo Panini.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a shopper's and food lovers haven with unique, locally loved and nationally recognized shops in addition to worldwide cuisine offered at the property's restaurants, pubs and the food Colonnade. The festival atmosphere along the property's cobblestone promenades is highlighted by live music and jaw-dropping routines of world-renowned street performers and musicians.

Every Holiday Season, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a special time of year when it comes alive with events, performances and activities.  It is the first location in the City of Boston to kick off the Holiday season with the Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular on Saturday, November 21. 

For the following six weeks, up until January 3, 2016, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is transformed into a magical state-of-the-art light and sound show where more than 350,000 lights blink to the songs of the world-famous Boston Holiday Pops.  This extravaganza is called Blink!  For more information, please visit

Top of the Hub's Skywalk Observatory

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The Top of the Hub's Skywalk Observatory, New England's tallest observatory and Boston's ONLY sky-high vantage point. 

Located on The Prudential Tower's 50th floor, the Skywalk experience includes an exclusive Audio Tour highlighting the skyline's many points of historic and cultural interest, Dreams of Freedom: Boston's Immigrant Experience, plus admission to four video presentations screened in the Skywalk's state-of-the-art video theater, including “Wings Over Boston,” a spectacular aerial video tour of Boston and Cambridge.

Providing the best view of the city, the Skywalk Observatory is the perfect place to begin (or end) your visit when in Boston. Seeing and photographing the city with its breathtaking views, delicious cuisine, and outstanding service have made the Skywalk Observatory as one of the most popular Boston tourism activities. In this place, you'll see several locals as well. 

Perfectly situated near the area's largest hotels and within walking distance to Back Bay and Copley Square, the Observatory has become a sought-after venue for parties, weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, and other celebrations. Skywalk Observatory can take in up to 600 guests for a sit-down event or 1,000 guests for a cocktail party.

Explore more of Boston by visiting some of the cool attractions: Travel Guide


Facade of Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge

Centered on the arts and education, Boston is home of some the world's most celebrated galleries, museums and universities (that's the Harvard Museum, right).

The Museum of Fine Arts houses a great collection of classical pieces, with collections from infamous

Impressionist artists Renoir, Degas, Manet and Monet to name drop a small few. It's also the home of leading educational institutes Harvard University, MIT and Emerson College.

On the opposite side of the scale, Boston is also birthplace to the ska/ punk movement that swept music scenes globally (think the Mighty Mighty Bosstones).

You might think it's good now, with New Year (Bostonians call their celebrations The First Night), Chinese New Year, and St Patrick's day atmosphere lingering in the streets, but Boston city is just warming up.

Coming up this summer there's the Fourth of July Harborfest, and July Chowderfest, not to mention the Boston Film Festival in September and the unlimited amount of things you can do to celebrate the new summer breezes.


The Famous George Washington statue in Boston Common Park

You can sail out on the Charles River, cycle on the Shining Sea Bike Path (scenes of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket!), walk the Freedom Trail and swim around the shores of Cape Cod. Take an excursion out to the Boston Islands, each one with its own fascinating history.

Catch a Red Sox game out at the infamous Fenway Park, the Boston institution of baseball.

Even though the dreaded peak season is around June through to October in this city, it truly is the best time to go.

The air is comfortable by late May and the heat rises through July to August. If you're in search of the prettiest times however, September to October is the foliage season. Gardening gloves on! Be aware that prices will go up at these times and there may be restrictions on bookings regarding stay dates and extra charges or deposits.

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ONE TICKET for ONE LOW PRICE gets you into the things you want to do in Boston and the surrounding region. There are over 70 of Boston's best attractions and tours in our program including the Duck Tour, New England Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts, Six Flags New England, and more. See and do the things you want while saving money with our pre-paid pass.

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Book your Boston rental car and enjoy one of the following day trip ideas

Cape Cod is the famous “hook” that juts out from the Massachusetts mainland into the Atlantic Ocean. Its most famous inhabitants are the Kennedy family, who still maintain their compound of houses in Hyannisport. Cape Cod, or “the Cape” as it is universally called, is a popular summer playground with its beaches, swimming, sailing and weather that is pleasantly cooler than inland. It is also the embarkation point for ferries (and flights) to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket islands. The trip from Boston to the Cape take several hours, depending on your destination. There are 15 towns on the Cape, from close-in Bourne (just over the bridge) to Provincetown, at the outermost tip. Provincetown is well known as a longtime artists colony and popular getaway for tourists; it notably caters to gay tourism and locals. Provincetown can also be reached by high-speed ferries from Boston, as well as flights from Logan Airport.

Explore one of the stranger chapters of American history with a tour of Salem, Massachusetts. Just 15 miles north of Boston via I-93, Salem was founded in 1626. It played an important role in the Revolutionary War, and its port was one of the busiest in the seafaring trade that made Boston a repository of vast wealth in the 18th and 19th centuries. But Salem is best known, of course, as the site of the infamous witch trials in 1692. Several dozen people, mostly women, were accused of witchcraft or 'consorting with the devil'. All were convicted. Some were burned, drowned, crushed to death; others died in prison. It is a dark page in our history, and still seen as an example of what can happen when religious extremism is allowed to replace rational civil governance.

Walden Pond, made famous in the writings of philosopher Henry David Thoreau who lived on the shore of the pond for two years in the 1840s, and wrote of his experiences in the natural environment in Walden, or Life in the Woods. Walden Pond is in the town of Concord, about 20 miles west-northwest of Boston via the Mass Pike (I-90). Concord is a colonial town that today is one of Boston's most comfortable suburbs. Some of Thoreau's contemporaries in 19th century Concord were Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott. 

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