Boston Marathon Travel Guide

The time has come to run the Boston Marathon. You’ve trained and worked hard for this day, and you’re about to run in one of the world’s most famous races. While you’re in Boston for the race, make sure to spend a little time exploring the city’s beautiful architecture, stunning scenery, and historical sites.

About the Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is a coveted race that many runners compete to be in every year. In 2014, the 118th running of the Boston Marathon will take place on April 21. The events of the race go all weekend, beginning on April 18 with race number pick-up and ending on Tuesday, April 22.


The course starts on Main Street in the rural town of Hopkinton. The route follows rural Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley. The race then joins with Route 16 and continues through Newton Lower Falls to Commonwealth Avenue. While you may be in anguish, make sure to look around and enjoy being in one of the most scenic areas of New England. The route then turns on to Beacon Street and finishes near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.

Where to Eat

Dish from Bistro Du Midi

Once you’ve run almost 27 miles, you’ll be starving. Fortunately, there are plenty of options within a short walk from the race route. If it’s carbs you’re craving, try Salvatore’s in South Boston for the best pasta in the city. Salvatore’s menu features local favorites like gnocchi pesto tapas, chicken gorgonzola risotto, and lobster ravioli. The portions are large, and the service is top-notch.


Head to the Back Bay area of the city to experience fine seafood. You’re on the East Coast, so take advantage of the local, fresh seafood. Bistro Du Midi is an excellent choice for elegant, Provencal dining. Try scallops and fresh crudo, saffron-scented bouillabaisse, or seared duck with gnocchi for local favorite dishes.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is the perfect stop if you want many options to choose from; it features 14 restaurants and more than 36 international food vendors.

What to See

Boston's Public Garden

Even if you only have a few days in Boston, make sure to explore some of the historical sites. Downtown Boston is very compact and walkable, so take some time strolling along the streets, soaking in the sunshine, and enjoying the aroma of blooming trees and flowers. Be sure to take a walk through Boston’s Public Garden where the flowers will be in full bloom.


If you’re a history buff, walk along The Freedom Trail to see significant spots such as Paul Revere’s house, the site of the Boston Massacre, and the site where the first major battle of the American Revolution took place. Another stop on the trail is Boston Common, the oldest park in the United States.

To see more of the area in a short amount of time, consider taking a tour. There are local companies that will take you to historic places such as Lexington, Concord, Marblehead, Salem, Plymouth and Newport.

Where to Stay

Boston bed and breakfast

Running the Boston Marathon is an opportunity many people don’t get to experience. Stay in accommodations as unique as you are. Forget the typical, overpriced hotel and stay in a charming Boston bed and breakfast. The East Coast is known for its quaint bed and breakfasts, and Boston is no different. You’ll find charming, comfortable, and affordable accommodations that will make your marathon trip to Boston memorable.