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Boston NHPBoston National Historical Park consists of seven sites along the Freedom Trail as well as Dorchester Heights' monument in South Boston. Only two of these sites, Bunker Hill Monument and the Charlestown Navy Yard, are owned by the federal government. The others—Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, Old South Meeting House, Old State House and Paul Revere House—are owned privately or managed municipally. Keep them all in mind when choosing AAA vacation packages so you don't miss any of these amazing sites.

The Faneuil Hall Visitor Center on the Freedom Trail gives an overview of Boston's Colonial history through audiovisual presentations, ranger-led guided tours and NPS Boston, a free mobile app perfect for helping you plan your vacation. Information about the national historical park also is available from the information center at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Faneuil Hall Visitor Center on the Freedom Trail is open daily 9-6. Charlestown Navy Yard information center is open daily 9-5, Apr.-Nov.; Tues.-Sun. 9-5, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Rangers conduct free walking tours, talks and programs throughout the park from mid-April through November 30 if your trip falls within this time period; phone ahead for schedule. For more information phone (617) 242-5601, (617) 242-5642, or TTY (617) 242-5689.

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Travel Information

City Population

617,594

Elevation

20 ft.

Sales Tax

The state sales tax in Massachusetts is 6.25 percent. Combined city and state taxes on hotel occupancy in Boston is 14.45 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(617) 343-4500

Fire (non-emergency)

(617) 343-3550

Time and Temperature

(617) 637-1234

Hospitals

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, (617) 667-7000; Boston Medical Center, (617) 638-8000; Massachusetts General Hospital, (617) 726-2000; Tufts Medical Center, (617) 636-5000.

Visitor Information

2 Copley Place, Suite 105 Boston, MA 02116. Phone:(617)536-4100 or (888)733-2678

Air Travel

Logan International Airport (BOS) is just 3 miles east of downtown across Boston Inner Harbor.

Rental Cars

Boston is served by most major rental car agencies. Hertz provides discounts to AAA members; phone (617) 568-5200 or (800) 654-3131.

Rail Service

Amtrak offers service to and from New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., out of Boston's South Station at Atlantic Avenue and Summer Street. Connections to all points in the national Amtrak system can be made at the Back Bay Station, 145 Dartmouth St.; phone (800) 872-7245 for reservations and information. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates commuter rail service; phone (617) 222-3200.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc., (800) 231-2222, and Peter Pan Bus Lines, (800) 343-9999, operate from South Station.

Cruise Ports

Cruiseport Boston’s Black Falcon Cruise Terminal is at 1 Black Falcon Ave. in South Boston.

Taxis

Cabs in Boston are metered, with the fare $2.60 for the first 1/7 mile or less and 40c for every 1/7 mile thereafter. Phoning for a pickup or going to a hotel taxi stand is easier than hailing a cab on the street. Local companies include the Independent Taxi Operators Association, (617) 268-1313. Limousine service is available throughout the Boston area for about $80 an hour, normally with a 4-hour minimum.

Public Transportation

Transportation by trolley, bus, boat and subway is available in Boston.

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