I am in the early stages of planning a trip to Boston and other parts of MA for my family of 4 (two boys 13 & 11). We are looking at spending about a week there, either during the last week of June or first week of July and had a few questions.
1. I noticed that the hotel rates drop about a week before July 4 through the weekend right after the holiday. Not that I'm complaining, but was curious why the price drop? Graduation season over? Does everything shut down for the holiday?
2. We are planning to rent a car for some of the trip to see parts of MA outside of Boston (Basketball HOF for hubby and sons, Cape Cod, Salem), but will return it for the days we spend in Boston. I figured we could get around using public transportation and walking. I was hoping to get some recommendations for places to stay convenient to the T that are under $200/night, if that's even possible. We are fine with staying further out in 3-4 star (Best Western, HI Express type) hotels - they just need to be clean and in a safe location. If nothing fits the bill or if convenience/location outweighs the extra expense, we can look at adjusting our budget.
3. How easy is it to take the T to/from Logan rather than a cab? We travel light - just carry-ons and backpacks.
4. We plan to visit the national park sites and walk the Freedom Trail. Any other suggestions for places to see or things to do?
Thanks in advance for the help!