Downtown

Easily navigate Boston’s Downtown, an approachable area filled with urban amenities.

Centuries-old cemeteries and Boston’s historic Freedom Trail seamlessly blend with Downtown’s modern additions—towering skyscrapers, sleek museums, and Dunkin’ Donuts kiosks. Although Downtown contains most of the city’s tallest buildings, the neighborhood is small enough that you don’t feel swallowed by their shadows. When you’re looking for a break from Downtown’s foot-traffic, relax at the nation’s oldest city park, Boston Common, or its adjacent emerald gem, the resplendent Boston Public Gardens.

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On the Map

Downtown is bordered by Leather District, Downtown Crossing, Theater District, Government Center, Financial District, Chinatown, Beacon Hill, North End, West End, Back Bay, and South End

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Logan International Airport: 20 minutes on the T or 15 minutes by car
Downtown Boston: You made it!
Boston Common: You can see it from your stoop!
Harvard Square: 15 minutes on the T

Ardent Activity In America's City of Antiquity

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Downtown Boston dazzles, beguiles, and delights. At the heart of what locals lovingly call Beantown, Boston's tall buildings and financial hub feel remarkably quaint.

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In the center of everything and steeped in history, this neighborhood's urban environs welcome businessmen, visitors, students, and families to carouse its sidewalks.

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The nation's oldest public park, the Boston Common, sprawls out in the middle of Downtown.

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Its grassy knolls and public park benches are never neglected.

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A staple of Boston, Dunkin' Donuts satiates Downtowners before work, on their lunch break, and before their commute home. They say America runs on Dunkin', but what they really mean is Boston. Boston runs on Dunkin'.

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Downtown's financial mecca provides angular relief from the blue skies of Beantown.

Boston's Theatre District

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From being the first to feature talking motion pictures in 1932 to showcasing Emerson College's performing arts, the Paramount Theatre has undergone several renovations.

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Continue along Washington Avenue and you'll find another kind of performance at the Boston Opera House. The Boston Ballet leaps at the Opera House and Broadway shows stop here on national tours.

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Grand plie.

Chinatown In Beantown

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As the only historically Chinese area in New England, Chinatown's paifang greets residents and travelers from far beyond Boston's borders.

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Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants represent the area's most common cuisine.

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It's easy to indulge in their culinary specialties.

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Chinatown has its own T stop.

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Location is prime... whether you're here for a conference, on work trips, or just being a tourist. Experience living like a local, and stay in one of the most unique districts Beantown has to offer."

Living History In the Heart of Boston

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Whether aboard an amphibious vehicle or on two feet, touring Boston offers insights into America's rebellious beginnings.

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Take yourself on your own tour of America's past.

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Boston's Freedom Trail spans 2.5 miles and leads you to 16 historic sites significant to the birth of the nation.

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Follow the red-brick road.

Pristine Green Space: The Common and The Garden

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Boston set the standard for public green space.

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Boasting two adjacent parks, The Boston Common and The Boston Public Garden showcase the city's lush foliage.

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They look most ravishing in the fall.

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Together, these public spaces make up the breathing green heart of the city.

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Vistas of Boston beyond remind you of your urban location.

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Get away from it all in the center of everything.

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Ah, to be so close yet so far.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Katie is a Boston-based photographer who has shot in such disparate places as wintry Vermont ski lodges, the bone-dry Arizona desert, restaurants in NYC and various European locales. Her years in the photo world have finely tuned her eye to the small details of life. Shooting for Airbnb was a fun adventure that helped her further appreciate beautiful Boston.

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