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