Ultimate Travel Guide: The Best of Boston, Massachusetts
Boston is one of my favorite cities to visit in the Northeast. Famous for everything from the Red Sox and Paul Revere to Cheers and clam chowder, this city is a popular destination for so many reasons. Two of things I recommend to any one who visits the city are to take walk on The Freedom Trail and visit Faneuil Hall | Quincy Marketplace for amazing food and shopping.
The Freedom Trail, next to Faneuil Hall
The Freedom Trail covers sixteen historic landmarks across Boston and Charleston. Beginning in the Boston Common and ending at the Bunker Hill Monument, one can walk the trail and experience sites such as the New and Old State Houses, Park Street Church and Granary Burial Ground, the Black Heritage Trail, King’s Chapel & Burial Ground, Faneuil Hall, the site of the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere’s house, the U.S.S. Constitution and several others, all connecting many of Boston’s historic events.
The Freedom Trail has long been known as one of the most basic and “must-see” attractions in Boston. A historic and thorough overview no visitor should go without.
These sites, all significant in this country’s early struggle for freedom, are connected by a 2.5 mile red brick line that not only links one place to another, but also the past to the present. What makes the sites on the Freedom Trail so special is that they are not recreations or adaptations. They are real. Each one has a role in the beginning of a nation, each one connects us to the spirit of Boston’s early patriots whose hearts were ignited by the spark of liberty.
If you are a history buff, there is Faneuil Hall and for those who like shopping, there are a number of stores that will exceed your expectations in Quincy Market. National Park Service rangers present historical talks every thirty minutes, except when the Hall is in use for special events. Faneuil Hall has served as a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742, when funding was provided by a wealthy merchant, Peter Faneuil. Inspiring speeches that eventually led to independence from the British by Samuel Adams and other patriots were given here.
Today, the food stalls inside this stately granite building offer culinary delights to thousands of visitors a day, selling everything from calzones to gourmet soup to frozen yogurt. Be sure to visit with an empty stomach, since you’ll find a variety of food vendor. The Marketplace is a five-minute walk to the New England Aquarium, The Children’s Museum, The Old State House, and Paul Revere’s House. Other attractions that are between 7-15 minutes away include The New State House, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Public Garden, Old North Church, The USS Constitution, and Fenway Park. There’s a Cheers here as well as one in Back Bay. The Back Bay location is what inspired the show.