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So you're thinking of visiting Boston for a Sounders match? Here’s what you’ll need to know.

GET THERE
Air
Roundtrip flights from Seattle to Boston-Logan International (BOS) often range from $275 for off peak to $375 for peak, with the majority of affordable flights being through American Airlines and usually include at least one stop along the way. Non-stop service is provided by JetBlue and Alaska Airlines in the upper range of the costs mentioned. Alternative airports outside of Boston include Providence (PVD – 50 miles south) and Manchester (MHT – 55 miles north). A tip for those in the South Sound down to the WA-OR border; flying out of Portland (PDX) may be an alternative option if flights are booked, you’re looking at the last minute or you’re looking to save some $ as it sometimes can be more cost effective.

Driving
Probably not your best bet but, if you’re looking to make the trip into weeklong cross-country trek with a straight shot on I-90, why not? Plus, since there’s no public transit to the game, you’re going to need a way to Foxborough! If you’re actually driving straight here, make sure to plan ahead, as it will take you the better part of 3 days if you’re driving in shifts while reaching mythical status for ECS away trips.

 

GET AROUND
Rental Car
This will be your best bet if you are staying in and around Boston and are not already carpooling to the game given there is no public transit to the stadium. As you may or may not have seen, ECS has a discount through Hertz which can be accessed here. Typical weekend rates for compact-standard car rentals range from $45-55 per day if paid in advanced to $60-70 if paid at the time of renting the car.

There is also the option of using Zipcar, a national carsharing program, which is easily accessible not only at the airport but all over the Boston area. Priceline’s “Name Your Price” feature also works in Boston – start with a bid of $35/day and you’re likely to find something. Last, if you’re looking to fill the car back up, try to avoid the stations near the airport as the cheapest gas can be found in South Boston or you can always try the GasBuddy app (www.gasbuddy.com).

Transit
For exploring Boston – The Greater Boston area has an established transit system (subway, train, bus and even water taxi out to the harbor islands) and trips can be planned through the Mass Bay Transit Authority here: http://mbta.com/rider_tools/trip_planner/. Costs for the fares by transit type can be found here: http://mbta.com/fares_and_passes/ and typically go for about $2.00-2.50 per ride or $11 for a day pass across all modes of basic transit.

For the game – Since the Revolution’s home stadium is outside of the city in the middle of nowhere Foxbrough, MA and they aren’t the Patriots, there is no public transit to the stadium. Take a rental car, Zipcar or hitch a ride with other ECS traveling to the game which you can find hanging out in the matchday thread.

Taxi
This is technically an alternative, but it will end up running you upwards of $150-250 roundtrip. Just get a rental car, Zipcar or hitch a ride if not driving yourself.

 

SEE/DO
Where to begin? Boston’s lineup is fairly deep when it comes to entertainment not to mention its historical and multi-cultural background. Here are a few places you may want to check out:

The North End
This is Boston’s version of Little Italy and comes fully stocked with enough restaurants/pubs, historic sites and shops to keep you busy for days. You’ll also find the New England Aquarium here. It’s easily accessible via public transit. http://www.northendboston.com/

The Freedom Trail
This is a brick laid path through Boston that leads you to 16 different historical sites including Paul Revere’s house, Old North Church and the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, the USS Constitution. http://thefreedomtrail.org/

Museums & the Arts
There’s 40 something museums in and around Boston, including the Museum of Fine Arts, JFK Library & Museum, ICA, and Museum of Science. Oh, and don’t forget the Museum of Bad Art! Plus, you can always check out what theaters have to offer here or drop in a comedy performance at the Improv Asylum.

Fenway Park
So what does it matter if the Mariners aren’t in town? Take the opportunity to check out one of the most historic sites in baseball, where legends once played and the Green Monster towers over you. If you’re not able to catch a game, there are public tours for $16/person. http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/

Boston Common
Because why not take some time to go lay out in the grass and relax, check out the gardens, or just people watch in the oldest city park in the US? It’s hard to miss right in the middle of the city. Via the Park Street stop off the Green line.

 

EAT/DRINK
Brewery Tours
New England’s beer scene is one of the best in the country and is showcased by the likes of Magic Hat, Harpoon, Cambridge Brewing, Pretty Things, Smuttynose and others (okay, Sam Adams too). Some of these companies offer tours of their breweries w/ tastings at minimal or no cost. Or, you could always try Boston Brew Tours which may make it easier lumping some together while introducing you to one of best beer halls in the Boston area: Meadhall.

Meadhall
Sure you can read Yelp reviews, but to put it simply, you go here for the beer selection and nothing else. With around 100 or more beers on tap from all over the world, and in every different category, you’re bound to find a beer you haven’t tried or maybe a new favorite. Right off the Red line in Kendall Square (4 Cambidge Center).

Neptune Oyster & Island Creek Oyster Bar – Get Your Chowdah!
Two of the most highly rated seafood places in Boston, with great value and innovative dishes. Whether you’re looking for lobster rolls, crab cakes, fresh oysters or the traditional bowl of clam chowder, you’ll fulfill your seafood cravings at these joints. http://islandcreekoysterbar.com/ & http://www.neptuneoyster.com/

Mike’s Pastry
Make sure you have cash on you, and an empty stomach because this place will ruin you with its delishously renowned cannoli (17 different flavors), cakes, cookies, cupcakes, gelati and pies. Try getting here during the daytime as lines can go out the door. Off the Orange line at Haymarket. https://www.mikespastry.com/

 

SLEEP
If you’re in town only for the game and nothing more or don’t want to go too far on game day, you can always stay at the Renaissance Hotel right next to the stadium in Foxborough which strarts $200+ per night for a single bedroom (http://renaissancepatriotplace.com). Otherwise, you’ll find similarly priced options closer to the airport and within Boston proper. Check the travel thread to see where others are staying and book accordingly.

 

MATCHDAY
We’ve historically hosted a no-host tailgate party, but check the travel page and matchday thread for specific plans. Before the tailgate we usually meet at the Red Rooster Pub down the road off Highway 1 (Washington St) but this may be subject to change. Note that the stadium is in the middle of a sea of asphalt that encompasses Patriot Place – a smorgasbord of retail and dining – which takes forever to clear out, plan accordingly with your final bathroom break.

 

GET HOME
With 3 points.

Want more Boston tips? Check out wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Boston

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