Jet­Blue Des­ti­na­tions

Take a walk through his­tory, then grab a pint at a well-known pub

RSWLiving - - Department­s - BY PA­TRI­CIA LETAKIS Pa­tri­cia Letakis is the ed­i­tor-in-chief for TOTI Me­dia.

Get ready for a good dose of New Eng­land charm when you visit Bos­ton. This city of stylish so­phis­ti­ca­tion has so much his­tory and so many fas­ci­nat­ing neigh­bor­hoods to ex­plore that you’ll want to stay an ex­tra day. Start with the Free­dom Trail, a 2.5-mile, brick-lined route that leads you to 16 his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant sites. Whether you are a his­tory buff or not, trac­ing the soul of the coun­try through the story of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion is an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ad­ven­ture. First stop is at the Bos­ton Com­mon, Amer­ica’s old­est park where the Red­coats made camp dur­ing the Bri­tish oc­cu­pa­tion, fol­lowed by the Mas­sachusetts State House, a brick build­ing with stately white col­umns con­structed in 1798 and later topped with a 23-karat gold leaf dome in 1874.

Fur­ther along you’ll pass the Old State House, which served as a cen­ter for civic events that sparked the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion, and the Old North Church, where Paul Re­vere de­vised a plan for sig­nal­ing the en­emy’s ad­vance­ment that is im­mor­tal­ized in Henry Wadsworth Longfel­low’s poem The Mid­night Ride of Paul Re­vere. The trail ends at the Charlestow­n Navy Yard where the USS Con­sti­tu­tion is berthed. Nick­named “Old Iron­sides,” the war­ship with its tow­er­ing masts and oak con­struc­tion is a beauty. Learn more about the ves­sel with a visit to the USS Con­sti­tu­tion Mu­seum.

While trav­el­ing the Free­dom Trail stop in the Bea­con Hill neigh­bor­hood for lunch. Even the streets here have proper-sound­ing names like Charles, Phillips and Cam­bridge streets. The 19th-cen­tury res­i­den­tial area mea­sures a half square mile and has a wealth of el­e­gant brick town houses; its nar­row streets are lined with work­ing gas lamps, mak­ing it the per­fect spot for a photo op. Just for fun, pop into Cheers bar—yes, the one made fa­mous by the hit TV show Cheers!— be­fore you leave.

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