Should visitors rent a car in Boston?

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Melanie Nayer

Leave the car in the parking lot when you visit Boston. If there's one thing Boston is good for, it's a good walk. The city isn't set up on a grid like New York or Chicago, so driving around is difficult if you aren't familiar with the city streets. Boston has a great subway system, but walking the city is really the best way to explore it.

Pick up a visitor's map from any tourist attraction spot along the Freedom Trail and you'll get a walking map, or ask your hotel concierge for a walking map and to highlight some of the best historical attractions along the way. You can always take a cab or the subway back to your hotel at the end of the day, but while you're here, enjoy the fresh air and scenery and take a walk!

If you want a speedier way around the city, Boston recently introduced Hubway - the city's bike-sharing system. You can pick up a Hubway bike at dozens of locations around the city. The Hubway system works on an annual Membership, monthly Membership, 3-Day Pass or 24-Hour Pass, and allows you to access bikes whenever you want them (except for winter months, when the program shuts down).  The cost includes unlimited trips that are less than 30 minutes in duration, but longer rides incur additional usage fees. Please review our Pricing page for additional information. 

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