I can’t remember the last time I went to Boston and actually felt like I was a tourist. We have friends and family there so normally when we visit Boston it’s for a very specific reason. Not this time though! In the beginning of May, my boyfriend and I took a trip to Boston to visit some friends but to also explore Boston as a tourist. We did so by walking the Freedom Trail.
As you all know by the way I write about Europe, I love history and it’s significance so the fact that we live only 3 and a half hours away from Boston but I’ve never walked the Freedom Trail is surprising. It was so much fun too, especially because we started so early in the morning that we didn’t need to worry about a lot of people out and about. Want to know what else is awesome about the Freedom Trail? For one, it’s free but the second awesome thing is that it’s easy to follow because there are signs like the one above as well as bricks leading you in the right direction. It’s also only 2.5 miles long so it’s an easy early morning or mid-afternoon walk and gives you plenty of time to explore the buildings and churches if you want to or to just walk around and immerse yourself in its history.
For the most part, we just walked around and enjoyed the old buildings among the newer ones but every once in awhile we actually walked into the different areas and got a glimpse of history that I sometimes forget is so close to home. Of course, nothing is as old as Europe but it can still take your breath away.
You can start by walking the Boston Commons and then heading toward Granary Buying Ground where some of the most influential people of Massachusetts and the country have been buried like Paul Revere. After which you can head toward King’s Chapel and Burying Ground before heading to the heart of the city and Boston Latin School/Benjamin Franklin Site. This was one of the most impressive building structures on the Freedom walk, I found the architecture remarkable.
We then kept walking around the trail and headed toward the old bookstore (now a Chiptole) as we headed toward the Meeting House and Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market. Of course being one of the more famous locations, especially for shopping, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall were nothing to me. But if you’re looking for shopping and a place to get food, this is the area in Boston.
After which we walked the rest of the trail which consisted of the Boston Massacre, the USS Constitution (with the Bunker Hill Monument in the Background), Paul Revere House ( a bit pricey but near all the amazing stops for bakeries), and Old North Church.
The whole walk was something out of a dream. It’s perfect for a morning stroll only being 2 and a half miles, less if you don’t walk all the way to Bunker Hill. If you love history and you’re in Boston this is the walk to do. You’ll be amazed by everything you see and get to learn while you’re in the city. It’s easy to walk right by these buildings without a second glance, I encourage you to give them that second glance and maybe even go inside and see what it has to offer.