Boston Travel Guide
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. Boston 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 16 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.
Sixteen historic 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 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. Revolutionary Timeline 1630 Puritans establish the town of Boston. 1670 The first Old South Meeting House, a two-story cedar hall, is built. 1761 James Otis speaks against the Writs of Assistance at the Old State House. 1764 The Sugar Act taxation and Currency Act infuriate Colonists. 1765 The Stamp Act taxation sparks rioting in Boston. 1768 September 18-British garrison troops in Boston. 1770 March 5- The Boston Massacre leaves five dead. British uphold the Tea Act. 1773 December 16-The Boston Tea Party prompts the Intolerable Acts as punishment. 1775 April 18-Paul Revere and William Dawes, Jr., ride from Boston to alert the countryside that British troops are headed to Lexington. 1775 April 19-The British retreat to Boston after the Battles of Lexington and Concord. 1775 June 17-The Battle of Bunker Hill leaves heavy casualties. 1776 March 17-Washington liberates Boston. British evacuate with troops and local Tories. 1776 July 18- Declaration of Independence is read from the Old State House balcony. 1788 June 21-The Constitution is ratified. 1789 George Washington makes triumphal visit to Boston as first President. 1795 Construction begins for the new State House. 1797 USS Constitution is launched. 1809 The Park Street Church is built. 1822 Boston is incorporated as a city. 1829 July 4-William Lloyd Garrison speaks against slavery at the Park Street. 1843 June 17 -Bunker Hill Monument is dedicated.
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 Hall is in use for special events. Faneuil Hall has served as a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742. Funding was provided by a wealthy merchant, Peter Faneuil, for the construction and local artisan to create the grasshopper weather vane that still perches on the building’s cupola. Inspiring speeches by Samuel Adams and other patriots were given that eventually led to independence from the British. Faneuil Hall was expanded in 1806 by Charles Bulfinch.
When Boston became a city the use of Faneuil Hall as a government meeting place came to an end, but it was still regularly used. Today, the first floor is still used as a lively marketplace and the second floor is a meeting hall where many Boston City debates are held. The 170-year-old Quincy Market, located directly behind Faneuil Hall, served as Boston’s wholesale food distribution center until the 1960s. 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.