Wacky things to do in Boston?

A road trip to Boston is really not a road trip unless you get to go sightseeing. And despite the misconception that Boston is all about history and universities, I realize that there's more to Boston than meets the eye.

Before I step off my car and roam around the city, I've got a few tricks in my sleeve in order to make the most of wonderful things to do in Boston.

BOSTON COUPONS
Anything from restaurants to theatre and local attractions. Today I'm going to get schnitzel 55% off at Jacob Wirth.

DISCOUNT PASSES
Off to the Skywalk Observatory, the only one in New England. I use my citypass to check out some tourist attractions in my list at a discounted price.

FREE THINGS TO DO IN BOSTON
Yep, not everything involves digging in the pocket. After checking out the Tour of the State House and climbing to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument (where the first major battle of the American Revolution took place), I'm ready for a hotdog and drink.

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My top 3 cheap Boston hotels

Many people complain that Boston is expensive. It shouldn't be. The great thing about Boston hotels is that you can find them much cheaper on the outlying towns as well as if you're traveling during shoulder or off peak season. There are so many ways to find cheap hotels in Boston. But where do you go?

I found out that the best way to get a good hotel deal is to check Getaroom.com (they have the lowest rates everywhere online) or simply call these hotels direct here:

Boston Common Hotel
A Historic Hotel in Back Bay, also near Copley Square
$169

Nantasket Beach Resort
A South Shore Beach Resort only 18 miles from Boston
$159.99

Boston Hotel Buckminster
Easily found in the heart of Boston's Kenmore Square
$139.99

Quick tip: Instead of staying at the harbor, pick hotels that are a little farther, since driving around Boston is relatively easy. The hotels in the harbor area are obviously more expensive because of the seaside view and other extra amenities. Also, try to book in the middle of the week as weekends are usually packed. For more ways to save money on lodging, check out 101 ways to save money on hotels. 

Boston trip planner: Should I drive or commute?

So you're headed for a Boston road trip? Obviously, if you already decided to drive, you have more freedom to see places and do more things in Boston.

However, if you're flying, it's best to rent a car in Boston. Car rentals are cheap and the highway system in this city is extensive. This means you can get almost anywhere you want, with some exceptions: Don't get tied up during the holidays or summer weekends.

The last resort would have to be to commute: the T subway is pretty much the best way to go if you don't own a car.


What's the weather like in Boston?

You can't go wrong if you're visiting Boston in the fall. Summer borders from mid-70s to 80s, so it's very nice, except for the occasional humidity. See this article to get an idea of how the weather is like in Boston before heading out on your road trip. 

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