Top 8 places to see on Boston’s Freedom Trail
History and the city of Boston go hand-in-hand. With a place so steeped in the past, it has found a beautiful way to blend together modern accomplishments with those accomplished by the country’s forefathers. Any traveler journeying to Boston should not overlook the historical landmarks this destination takes pride in and protects.
One of the easiest ways to explore Boston’s history is a walk along the famous Freedom Trail. There are 2 and a half miles of red brick marked along the streets of the city that highlight some of the coolest homes, state houses, statues and even spooky cemeteries worth visiting.
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Paul Revere House
The midnight ride of Paul Revere is said to have staved off British devastation during the American Revolution. He rode through the night warning locals of an impending battle. Nowadays, travelers can visit his original homestead, built in 1680, which has been converted into a museum.
Bunker Hill Monument
Standing tall at one of Boston’s highest points, this honors those who lost their lives during the Revolutionary War. It looks like the Washington Memorial with a tall base and pointy top, standing more than 220 feet tall. If feeling adventurous, all 300 steps can be climbed for a sweeping view of the skyline.
Not many shopping malls can claim to have been around for more than two and a half centuries. Faneuil Hall is one of the busiest parts of Boston, with hordes of visitors shopping, dining and enjoying the gaggle of street performers. The area has both indoor and outdoor spaces for a range of activities, shows and fun. It looks prettiest around the holidays when a formal tree lighting ceremony takes pace every year.
Massachusetts State House
When it’s time to see some bling, make a stop on the Freedom Trail at the state house. Topped with a massive gold dome gilded in 23 karat gold, the building is an iconic part of the city. Tours are given on the regular by professional guided to help with its history, dating back to 1798.
Old North Church
This is the oldest church in the city that still stands and has a lively congregation. Legedn has it this was a stop on Paul Revere’s Ride and where he got his famous lantern lit. The Episcopal church stand in the middle of the North End, which is a fun hub also known as Boston’s Little Italy.
Granary Burial Ground
A city so full of old wars and history is bound to have a few ghost stories. Take a look at this burial ground that was created in 1660 to house locals after their untimely deaths. More than 5,000 people are laid to rest in this spot, many who fought in the Revolutionary War. Relatives of Ben Franklin are buried in the graveyard too.
Away from the hubbub of downtown, the USS Constitution is an impressive tall masted ship docked in Boston Harbor. It was once used by the United States Navy and was built in the late 1700s. To this day the ship is the oldest in the official Navy fleet still afloat and is manned by 60 sailors on a given day.
After a day exploring Boston’s finest historical sites, having a rest at this sprawling, green park is a perfect way to end the day. As the world’s oldest city park, established in 1634, it still reigns today as a great meeting place for sports enthusiasts, theater lovers and skaters on the cheery Frog Pond. Over time, the space has been used as a meeting ground for revolution and change, even through modern history. For instance, Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Paul II both gave speeches on the Common.