Published on: Dec 01, 2017, Last Edited: Dec 09, 2017
Every year, many visitors make their way towards the USA, heading to well-known destinations such as New York, San Francisco, Orlando and Los Angeles. Now an increasing number of tourists are visiting Boston and discovering a wealth of fun and fascinating things to do and see in this world-class city, highly celebrated for its historical, scientific, and cultural riches.
ESTA or a U.S. visa for Boston?
You may be inclined to make your travel bookings early, but before you do it is important to learn if you will need either an ESTA or a visa for Boston. Most people don't know the difference between ESTA and visa, and the ESTA is frequently mistaken for a visa. The ESTA is an online application platform that enables a visa waiver eligible traveler to apply for a digital travel authorization. The ESTA is travel requirement that has been in place since 2009. To be eligible for an ESTA; you need to at least among the 38 countries taking part in the visa waiver program. After a successful application, applicants are granted a two-year authorization for travels in the United States, with each visit not lasting for more than 90 days. On the other hand, a visa is a legal permit that grants you entry into the United states and is mandatory for all foreign citizens. The common types of visas include the B1 Business Visa and the B2 Tourist Visa.
Both ESTA and a visa, usually allow multiple entries into the country, however, some visas may only be used for single-entry. Making an application for an ESTA is straightforward for citizens of visa waiver countries. Changes in circumstances can lead to travelers being denied an ESTA after their first round of application. However, if you are denied for an ESTA you can still apply for a visa to Boston. If you have made a mistake on your ESTA application, you can contact U.S. Customs and Border Protection to request an amendment. You should clearly explain your choice of answer, and seek clarification on the subsequent steps. If you have a valid visa for Boston then you can travel to the U.S for the purpose issued and you wouldn’t need to apply for an ESTA authorization.
Boston is the capital city of the state of Massachusetts and is located at the mouth of the Charles River as it meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city has great historical importance for Americans and is world famous for its tradition of higher learning having been, and continuing to be, home to some of the most prestigious universities and institutes in the United States, and even the world. These include Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both now relocated across the Charles River in nearby Cambridge.
Places to visit
Due to its important history and higher educational and scientific fame, Boston has no shortage of interesting places you can visit.
The Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum is a popular place to visit. See the many exhibits and artefacts of this important historical event in American history and learn about how the Boston Tea Party sparked off the American Revolution. Other impressive museums include the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Science Museum.
Although Boston isn't particularly famous for its beaches, it does have some good, safe and family-friendly ones, such as Revere Beach, which has the distinction of being the United States' oldest public beach. The coastline of Dorchester Bay is also home to four adjacent beaches known collectively as the South Boston Beaches offering soft, clean sand and views of the nearby Harbor Islands.
Parks and zoos
Boston has many fine city parks that are great for children and adults. Boston Common, Jamaica Pond, Franklin Park Zoo and the New England Aquarium, boasting over 2,000 marine species, are terrific places to spend a few hours in.
Thanks to its highly visible student population, night clubs and bars are plentiful throughout Boston. By 11pm, Boston's nightlife is in full swing. Most bars and clubs close by 2am, but there are still some restaurants and snack bars open where friends, not yet ready to call it a night, meet up.
Being a city destination, Boston's weather and climate are less important for tourists than, say, that of a skiing resort. Nevertheless, it's good to know the local climate so that you can plan your trip better according to what you want to do when visiting Boston. The coldest month of the year is January and temperatures can be as low as -5°C or as high as 2°C. July is the hottest month with temperatures ranging from around 65°C to over 80°C. As for rainy days, September has the fewest with around eight rainy days per month compared to around nine or ten in July and around 12 in March. Snow is another climate factor in Boston, and in Winter you can expect to see it snow for around five or six days per month. There is no snow from April to October.
Boston is a world-class city that its inhabitants, understandably, are very proud of. They're especially keen to show off its many charms and extend a warm Bostonian welcome to all visitors. Tourists, for their part, have a wonderful time in Boston and come away feeling enriched by their experience of this amazing city.
If you hold a passport from a visa waiver country such as the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or other Western European Country, you may be eligible to obtain an ESTA for tourist, business, medical or transit purposes. Get started on your application, otherwise, visit the FAQ to learn more about the ESTA