A Patriotic Amble Through America’s Most Historic City
Boston is compact, navigable, and steeped in history, making it one of America’s finest and most interesting walking cities. Everything is within easy reach if you tour on foot via the 3-mile, self-guided Freedom Trail.
Beginning at Boston Common (a onetime cow pasture that is today the nation’s oldest park), it follows a signposted, red-striped trail to eighteen Revolutionary War-era landmarks, including churches, graveyards, monuments, houses of government, and the U.S.S. Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides.
The vessel was first launched in 1797, received its nickname during the War of 1812, and is still afloat today. It’s the oldest commissioned warship in the U.S. Navy, and never lost a battle. The trail also takes in Faneuil Hall, Boston’s original marketplace and once the colony’s meeting hall and public forum. Vibrant and jam-packed, it’s home today to the venerable Durgin Park, an un-chic but much-loved eating institution.
Visit the clapboard Paul Revere House, built in 1680 and purchased by patriot-silversmith Paul “one-if-by-land-two-if-by-sea” Revere and his family in 1770. It’s the oldest dwelling in Boston and one of the finest 17th-century residential buildings to be found anywhere in America. Also along the route is the Old State House, Boston’s oldest public building (1713) and the British government headquarters in the colonies.