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Boston is the largest city in New England, the capital of Massachusetts and one of the oldest cities in the country. It is located about 200 miles northeast of New York City. 

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 English arrival. The Puritans originally called their town Trimountaine, but it was soon renamed after Boston of the English county Lincolnshire. The colonists soon created the Boston Latin School (America's first public school) and Roxbury Latin School, which has continued to provide education for over 360 years. 

Boston was the second largest town (behind Philadelphia) in the American colonies, and one of the largest in the British empire when the American Revolution was fought. Boston was central to several events in 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. 

By the time the United States became an independent nation, Boston was a major shipping port and a center for the country's trade, manufacturing and engineering. The first subway system opened in Boston in 1897, and its numerous universities and colleges make the city a hub for higher education. If you're in Boston, a rental car will make visiting all the historic sites easy.

Reasons to book a rental car in Boston at VroomVroomVroom

If your travels require driving within downtown Boston or to some of the surrounding regions, you can use VroomVroomVroom to find the perfect hire car. 
  1. More vehicle options: We offer discounted Boston car rentals from trusted suppliers to assure you a reliable vehicle for your trip.
  2. More pickup and drop off locations: With many car rental locations in the city, picking up and dropping off vehicles is simple. You can rent a car from Boston Airport through VroomVroomVroom. Just pick up your keys at the terminal and you will be on your way. 
  3. Enjoy great savings: Our price promise assures our customers of finding cheap car rentals. We understand that plans do change sometimes, so customers are able to modify and cancel their booking at no cost. If you need help booking a Boston car rental, contact our customer service team

Best time to visit Boston

Summer is the busiest time of the year in Boston. Tourists flock to the city for the annual Harborfest, the country's largest Fourth of July festival. At this time of year the weather is perfect for hitting the beach, whale watching and cruising to the Boston Harbor Islands.

Visiting Boston during fall is ideal to those who prefer touring the city on foot, as the weather will be mild. If you have a tight budget, visiting Boston at the start of spring will allow you to find cheaper rates on rental cars and accommodation. 

Sports enthusiasts may want to join the Boston Marathon in April. The 26 mile run takes place on Patriot's Day, along with a major league baseball game hosted by the Boston Red Sox. 

Driving tips in Boston

Drive your rental car to the Boston city center to check out some of the great sights. Join a walking tour on the Freedom Trail and learn about the local history. Drive to Kenmore Square, where you can do some shopping and grab a bite to eat. You can even visit Boston University to explore the campus before fall semester starts. If you are looking to dance the night away, there is never a dull moment at Tequila Rain. 

If you are planning to go camping or on a road trip with your friends and family, then we can help you find the best RV rental in Boston. We compare RVs, motorhomes, and campervans all across the USA.

Before you hit the road, check the traffic situation here so you can find the best route to your destination.

Travelers entering the city often fly into Logan International Airport. The airport handles the majority of passenger flights for Boston, but we recommend that no matter where you touch down, you reserve a car rental in Boston Logan Airport using VroomVroomVroom as it will save you time and money. 

Logan International Airport in Boston is vast, sitting on 1700 acres of land and has its own power plant, police and fire stations, and a non-denominational worship chapel. In 2008, the airport's 9/11 Memorial was dedicated in honor of the American Airlines and United Airlines passengers and crew members 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. If you are planning to stay longer, it is advisable to book a weekly car rental so you can get a cheaper rate. 

Revolutionizing the Present: Plan Your Boston Vacation

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. 

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; October and November on the other hand are perfect if you want to witness real New England fall. 

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. Spend some time in Boston Common, a 50 acre city park, part of a chain of parks and waterways across the city known as the Emerald Necklace. 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).

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Things to do

Faneuil Hall Marketplace 

crowd tree lights on at Faneuil Market in Boston

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 Piccolo 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!

Top of the Hub's Skywalk Observatory

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.



RESTAURANTS/BARS

Scampo


diners at scampo dining room in Boston

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 follow Scampo on Facebook, Instagram at @ScampoBoston and Twitter @ScampoLiberty.

Top of the Hub


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.    

Rising 52 floors above the Boston, Top of the Hub's topnotch and winning cuisine, service and setting of enjoyable style mix with the calmness of Boston's best skyline views to give a positively unique dining experience.

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.

If you are planning a quiet meal with your loved ones, or a long-overdue catching-up with friends, Top of the Hub's Sunday Brunch delivers something for every taste and every occasion.



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

Culture

Facade of Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, Boston

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.
 

Activities

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. Indeed, the best way to visit Boston  on your holidays is in your cheap and reliable car rental!


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