- Feb 2018
A Walking Experience of Boston
Boston is a really walkable city in New England and also has a great public transportation, locally referred as the T. As a native Bostonian, Steven always says that there is no better city to explore by foot. The Freedom Trail is the best way to explore the rich local history of Boston. Its a 2.5 mile walking route and 16 official stops along the route. The Freedom Trail starts in Boston Common and ends in the North End. The North End is a historical Italian neighborhood and even today you still feel the Italian vibe.
Jazmine at the Boston Gardens. She is wearing Samuel Hubbard 24 Seven boots in Whiskey.
Main attractions along the Freedom Trail
Boston Public Garden
It is the first botanical garden in the country and the home of the famous row of the “Make Way for Ducklings” statues. During the summer you can take a ride on the swan boats in the pond.
If you are a big fan of Cheers, you cannot miss out on visiting this restaurant. The show was not recorded there but the outside view was from this restaurant. The bar upstairs is a replica from the one in the show.
The next stop and where the Freedom Trail officially starts is the Boston Common, also the first public park in the country. During winter you can go ice skating on the Frog Pond.
Massachusetts State House
My favorite gold-domed building in the whole city, located on the top of Beacon Hill. The Massachusetts General Court and the offices of the governor are located in this magnificent pink building. You can get a free tour on weekdays from 10:00am to 3:30pm but reservations need to be made prior by phone at 617-727-3676.
Park Street Church
It is located at the right corner of the Boston Common. In the early days as a country, this church was at the center for supporting abolitionist causes and important social issues.
Granary Burying Ground
Next to the church is the cemetery with the final resting place of many revolutionary war-era patriots such as Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and John Hancock.
King’s Chapel and Burying Ground
The largest and latest bell made by Paul Revere is found in this chapel and still rings to this day. The Burying Ground was the first cemetery in the city and was the only burying ground in Boston from 1630 to 1660.
Benjamin Franklin Statue and former Boston Latin School
The Benjamin Franklin’s statue was the first public statue of a person and it is located at the former location of the first public school in the United States, the Boston Latin School.
Old Corner Bookstore
There is a plaque on the building that with historical information about the old corner bookstore. This building is now being rented to Chipotle. The bookstore had important visitors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Harriett Beecher Stowe.
Old South Meeting House
This is where the Boston Tea Party was planned, an act that ultimately escalated the resistance movement to the Revolutionary War and now it serves as a museum and public venue for talks on protest and freedom.
Old State House
It is the oldest surviving public building in the city. It was built in 1713 and now serves as a museum with a big collection of Revolution-era artifacts that tell the story of the revolution in Boston.
It has served as a marketplace and meeting hall since 1743. Today there is also a museum on the third floor.
It was originally built as an expansion of Faneuil Hall. It is now full of food stalls, with many iconic flavors from Boston and New England.
New England Holocaust Memorial
The monument has 6 glass towers that represent the 6 main extermination camps, the menorah candles and the 6 million Jews that were killed during the Holocaust. It is not part of the Freedom Trail but it is a stop that will help you reflect on the importance of tolerance.
Paul Revere House
It is where Paul Revere lived during the American Revolution. It is an interesting little museum that gives you a glimpse into the life of this iconic man and how people lived in the 1700s.
Cannolis at Mike's Pastry
Mike’s Pastry or Modern Pastry
We strongly recommend you to stop by Mike’s Pastry or Modern Pastry to try the delicious cannolis. There is this rival between this two pastry shops, locals tend to like one or the other. The best thing is to try both and make your own decision.
Old North Church
“One if by land, two if by sea,” this historic church is where the two lanterns hung, signaling the arrival of British troops and the start of the Revolutionary war. From here, Paul Revere began his infamous midnight ride.
Copp’s Hill Buring Ground
It is the second cemetery in the city and is famous for having the tombstone of Cotton Mather, a main supporter of the Salem Witch Trials.
Step aboard the oldest commissioned warship float in the world. You can take a free tour of the ship, led by an active Navy member.
Jazmin is wearing Hubbard Fast for Her in Pink and Steven is wearing Frequent Traveler in Black Leather.
The Bunker Hill Monument
It was built as a monument to the bloody battle of Bunker Hill. If you go all the way to the top of the monument you can get amazing panoramic views of the city. The tower might be closed during winter due to snow. Double check before going, though the park might be open even if the tower is closed.
About Travel to Blank
After graduating from college, Jazmin and Steven decided to start traveling the world and haven’t stopped since. They were constantly being asked by friends and family on where to travel and how to do it for cheap, so that’s when they decided to start a travel blog. Always up for an adventure, whether it be by car/bus/plane, Jazmin and Stephen came up with the idea of blank. They love traveling to _____. Jazmin and Stephen bring their Hubbards with them wherever they go as they’re super comfortable, versatile and stylish. Click here to learn more about Travel to Blank and to read more of their travel guides.
Steven and Jazmin in Iceland 2016