The Freedom Trail in the Boston National Historic Park is a 2.5 mile trek through history that you do not want to miss. In fact, there are 16 sites of historical interest and hundreds of other sites that will definitely pique your interest along the way. It’s a great way to wander through Boston and get your bearings. Just follow the red line – literally, the red line, and you are on your way. Here are a few highlights:
The Trail begins at Boston Common, the oldest park in Nation and the northern end of the famed Emerald Necklace of parks created by Fredrick Law Olmstead.
You’ll continue up to the shining golden dome of the new State House. If you have time, take a step inside. It’s a beautiful building and don’t miss the hall of flags.
The Old State House, the seat of colonial and state governments in the early 1700’s and site of the Boston Massacre.
Faneuil Hall, where Samuel Adams protested against the imposition of British taxation. Side note: you can pay your respects to Adams on the Freedom Trail at the Granary Burying Ground. If graveyards aren’t your thing – the Beantown Pub is across the street. It’s the only place to drink a Sam Adams and see Sam Adams’ grave simultaneously.
The Old North Church is where the lanterns were hung signaling Paul Revere’s ride.
The Bunker Hill Monument pays homage to the battle against the British that took place on June 17, 1775. Low on man power and ammo the colonists were told to “not shoot until you see the whites of their eyes”
So much more to see and learn on the Freedom Trail and throughout the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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