Isn't it time to join the more than 18 million people who visit Boston annually? Touted as one of the world's favourite cities, Boston's tourism bureau dares to ask, "Can your city do this?"

Boston offers a unique travel experience. Whether you're travelling for business or leisure, in the spring or the fall, there is always something to uncover in this great city. Boston's calendar is filled with things to do, places to go and people to see. Home to the Boston Marathon, this great city is also known for its Lilac Sunday or the Duckings Day Parade in spring. It's also host to the week-long Pride Festival in June. If you're travelling in the fall, be sure to check out the Charles Regatta. A winter holiday is complete with a Nutcracker performance presented by the Boston Ballet.

Find hotels that meet your needs and your budget in a city that offers everything from luxury and boutique properties to family-friendly and eco-friendly hotels.

Bring your appetite as the restaurant scene is as delicious as it is dynamic. Choose from Boston's four-star restaurants scattered all over the city or try a neighbourhood bistro that offers everything from contemporary cuisine to traditional New England fare.

One of the best ways to experience Boston is through a tour of its eclectic neighbourhoods, each with a remarkably different style and feel. Stroll through Back Bay's cosmopolitan streets and ornate Victorian townhouses. Walk around the narrow 17th century streets of Boston's North End and over to the spirited and funky neighbourhood squares of Cambridge - all within easy distance from one another.

Even the shopping in Boston is of historical proportions. Designer boutiques, eclectic galleries, prestigious department stores and name-brand outlets are bound to please everyone from the whimsical window-shoppers to serious fashionistas. You can choose from indoor and outdoor shopping centres or specialty stores throughout Boston and the surrounding area.

No visit to Boston is complete without a visit to legendary Fenway Park. Home to the Red Sox, it's Boston's most popular landmark. The thrill of being there – win or lose – is a must for any visit to Boston. And it doesn't end there. Depending on the season you travel, you can also see the Boston Celtics (NBA), the Boston Bruins (NHL), or the New England Patriots (NFL) in action.

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Boston's climate varies throughout the four seasons. Summers are generally hot and humid, with rain showers that can occur at a moment’s notice. With average highs of 28 C and lows of 19 C in July, Boston is a warm and sunny place to visit in the summer; however, the average rainfall for July is only half an inch less than that of November so think about keeping a rain jacket with you as you explore the city.

Winters are generally wet and cold between December and February, with an average annual snowfall of 42 inches. You’ll want to bundle up if you're headed outdoors. Average highs at this time are 3 C.

Boston in Autumn is breathtaking. Temperatures tend to even out to pleasant warmth during the day and cooler nights. The vibrant changing colours of the leaves throughout New England is one of Boston's best assets.

Average monthly temperature and average monthly rainfall diagrams for Boston, MA

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