The Boston Marathon: 26.2 Miles of Pure Fun—Even if You’re Watching

One of the most famous marathons in the world, the Boston Marathon has transformed into more than just a sporting event, but a city-wide sensation that is just as fun for the participants as it is for the spectators. With such popularity, it’s important to plan ahead if you want to be able to experience this event to its fullest. Here are some of our top planning tips to make your next Boston Marathon trip seamless and memorable.

Know Before You Go

Nothing is worse than trying to arrive at an event and getting stuck in traffic or finding unexpected road closures. To avoid these hassles, ditch the car and get up to date on the latest roadblocks here. You can easily take public transportation to where you need to be, or walk if you’re staying nearby. By freeing yourself from your car, you’ll have much more mobility, and you’ll get to feel the energy of the crowd first-hand before the event starts. Don’t forget to check the Boston Marathon website for a list of items that aren’t allowed on the premise like backpacks, costumes, and coolers.

The Best Cheering Spots

While the best spots to watch the marathon are debatable, we’ve tapped into local knowledge to pinpoint three tried and true locales to set up camp. Heartbreak Hill, located between miles 20 and 21, marks one of the most challenging parts of the race, where the runners can really use motivation from the crowd. If you want to see true runner’s high, snag a spot near the end of the race, where you’ll witness the last spurts of energy and pure relief as runners cross the finish line. We recommend Boylston Street and Kenmore Square to be right in the midst of the finish line celebrations.

Stay Near the Finish Line

When the marathon ends, the street party begins. By staying close to the finish line at Copley Square, you’ll be within walking distance of all the post-marathon madness. We recommend booking a room at the Copley Square Hotel to have easy access to the event as well as the best of Boston itself. The hotel prides itself on its authentic Boston feel, and friendly local staff who can answer all your marathon go-to questions.

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