Touring the Freedom Trail
For Americans probably the most patriotic thing to do while in Boston is to tour the Freedom Trail. These are a collection of sites on a 2.5 mile trail that leads through historic Boston. Although many of the attractions on this trail have played a prominent role in the American Revolution some, like the U.S.S. Constitution do not. What you do have here is a great insight into the historical development of the magnificent city. Perhaps one of the odd things about the trail is that none of the attractions that you visit is outstanding in themselves. The sum here is greater than the parts. The atmosphere behind your visit is superb and a truely rewarding experience.
Usually your walk along the Freedom Trail will begin at Boston Common, America's first public park and then wind its way through to the historical centre of the city. You will complete your journey at the monument on Bunker Hill (actually Breed's Hill). How long you take to see all these attractions is up to you. I am pretty thorough in my site seeing so it took me about 5.5 hours including a stop for lunch. I was really impressed by the U.S.S. Constitution.
John Hancock Building , Boston
A good time to visit Boston is the days just preceding the July 4 Holiday . At this time the locals are practicing for July 4 reinactments of the American Revolution historical events that occured in Boston .
It is taken very seriously , with some of the participations being semi professionals. Dressed out as British Redcoats and Minutemen , with drum and whistle bands , and lots of marching it makes for a good show . You have to give the participants credit for being able to wear 18th century wool costumes in sometimes extremely hot and humid weather .
NOTE ; John Hancock Building had a few technical problems when it was completed . The structure was a bit too flexible and the building sway caused windows to pop out. Everything was fixed . It is a very elegant looking building .
To learn somehting about...
To learn somehting about Boston just walk down the Freedom Trail. It is a red line on the ground that leads you to all important places in Boston (well almost) You will see the Boston Common, the Quincy Market, Paul Reveere House and ship where the Boston Tea party was...
You also have to visit the back bay and beacon hill.. 2 very expensive but very nice places... Indian Summer in Boston is probebly the most beautiful thing I ever saw. So try to get there during september or october. But you will have to book early as the Indian Summer is a very famous 'attraction'...
When visiting Boston, you must...
When visiting Boston, you must walk around the old part of Boston where the Boston Tea Party took place, where Independence Hall stands, etc.: it gives you a special feeling about being American. Go to Faneuil Hall, to Filene's Bargain Basement, to Salem to see the House of Seven Gables, eat seafood and drink beer anywhere, but especially Cheers. Remember the TV show? The actual bar is right there in Boston near the Commons, I believe. And besides the bar downstairs, there is a wonderful fine dining restaurant upstairs. I was last in Boston in January when the temp what something like 30 below zero. I thought I was going to die, but I still had a really great time. One thing I want to do the next time is go to a Hockey game. More things to do-the list could fill so many pages:I was very impressed with Harvard Square, Boston College, Boston University. A great place to take your kids if you want to inspire them to go to college. The history-if you're a history buff, is so abundant, you can virtually OD on it. Transportation-wise, you have many choices which are all satisfactory-the sub, renting a car, taxis, walking. I rented a car and had not too much time finding my way around with the help of a good map and occasionally stopping for directions. For accommodations, the new Hilton by the airport is beautiful. It's conveniently located, has all the services including a gym with sauna, swimming pool, and equipment, and it has some nice restaurants and bars within. Also, cabs and buses run by all day if you want to go exploring. Boston is also so close the the Cape, Martha's Vinyard, Mystic, Providence, Connecticut, Vermont,and a million other interesting places. If you went to visit Boston, you would want to go back again and again.
Boston is my favorite city
I visited boston in Fall, 2004. It was great fun. I love the city so much.
Just follow the freedom trail, you will almost meet every interests. However, Bacon Hill is not on it's way, which is a must-see place. Everything. It is just a great city.
I love the old buildings so much.