As a history nerd, one of my absolute favorite parts of Boston – and the first thing I did after ditching my bags at the condo I was staying at – was walking the Freedom Trail. Established in the 1950s, the Freedom Trail winds 2.5 miles from the Boston Common to the Charlestown Navy Yard. It leads past 16 significant historical sites, places where crucial moments occurred during the American Revolution.
It is ridiculous how cool it was to be standing there, walking paths our forefathers walked and looking at the buildings where they gathered.
I spent a lot of time in America’s oldest park as the days wore on, but I first visited it as the starting point of the Freedom Trail.
Massachusetts State House
I spotted this building from across the common and planned to walk over to check it out anyway, before realizing that it was the next stop! Isn’t the dome just gorgeous?!
Park Street Church
Granary Burial Ground
I started my walk around 5 p.m., so most places – including these burying grounds – were already closed for the day.
King’s Chapel Burying Ground
Benjamin Franklin Statue & Boston Latin School
Old Corner Bookstore
Now a Chipotle.
Old South Meeting House
Old State House
Site of Boston Massacre
I ducked in here to grab postcards for my family – it seemed to be mostly gimmicky touristy shops but still fun to check out! Quincy Hall is right behind and is a great spot to grab food. (Yes this photo is of the back of the building. I didn’t know!)
Paul Revere House
I somehow didn’t get a picture, but here’s his statue!
Old North Church
Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
Bunker Hill Monument
I didn’t go this far because I was meeting someone for dinner, but the ship was closed for restoration anyway. Besides, I think it’s best to leave some things unseen so there’s a reason to return!
If you want to visit the Freedom Trail, this site is a fantastic resource. I’ve heard people advise to allow 3-4 hours to do the whole thing, but it took me 3 and a half without being able to duck into any of the museums! If you’re like me and stop to read every plaque, this could easily take half a day or more.