At the end of October my boyfriend and I went to Massachusetts to visit family. While we were there we took a day trip to Boston. Boston is a fun city with plenty to see and do, but since we only had one day we decided to focus our time on exploring the Freedom Trail.
Boston’s Freedom Trail is a two-and-a-half-mile-long trail that winds through the city past various historical landmarks from the American Revolution. The trail is marked by a red line, sometimes denoted with brick, sometimes painted, and it is quite easy to follow once you find it.
(The trail itself probably isn’t that hard to find, but we did have a little trouble finding it as we got a bit turned around after getting off the train. We are not the best with directions, to say the least.)
At one end of the trail sits Boston Commons, and at the other, the Bunker Hill Monument. Boston Commons is a traditional starting point for the trail, but because of the aforementioned getting turned around my boyfriend and I ended up starting near Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, the second oldest cemetery in Boston, because that is the section of trail that we happened to stumble into first.
From Copp’s Hill we made our way to Boston Commons, stopping to look at the all the sites in between. The Paul Revere House, Old North Church, and Faneuil Hall are just a few of the historic monuments that we stopped to see.
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You can go in and tour many of the sites, but it generally costs money and because we were trying to stay on a budget we opted to just look from the outside.
Even without going into many of the buildings, the Freedom Trail turned out to be a great way to explore Boston and take in a lot of sites in a short amount of time. Plus, Boston is very flat and walkable, so it is easy to navigate even if you, like me, aren’t the most physically fit person in the world.
(Now am I saying I didn’t get tired with all that walking? No. I’m me. Of course I got tired.)
Tips for your Visit
If you are planning your own trip to the Freedom Trail, I would suggest trying to start at one end or the other. We thought about doubling back to see the sites that we missed by starting in the middle of the trail, but by the time we finished it was getting kind of late and we (okay, mostly me) felt too tired to walk the 2.5 miles back to the other end.
And if there are any sites that you are particularly interested in seeing, check online ahead of time to find out if they cost anything to enter, and their operating hours. The entrance fees can really add up if you aren’t careful.
The Boston Freedom Trail is a good way to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, and there are also enough sites that you could really take your time and stretch it out if you are spending multiple days in the city and/or are a big history buff. This was my first time in Boston and I felt like I saw just enough to get a feel for the city and make me want to return.
Have you ever visited Boston or the Freedom Trail? What did you think?