Freedom Trail of Boston

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The United States history to the rest of the world is very young in comparison. As an American we are taught from our youth many stories; just like those in other countries. From the Pilgrims leaving home lands to seek new places for religious freedoms to how the country was formed and established, but really those were just words in history books. I’m sure I fell asleep quite a few times as these history lessons were drilled into our little brains. Yes, I knew Paul Revere rode a horse, I knew that some people hit a rock called Plymouth and I knew a bunch of guys met in some meeting house and wrote up a document stating their freedom rights. Like I said, words in some history book and dates that honestly meant nothing to me.

As I visited other places in the world, with rich ancient culture I began to want to know more of my own home country. So what is the one place that one could visit to really get the sensation of what The United States is really about…. Boston, Massachusetts. So I booked my ticket and walked the Freedom Trail.

The great thing about the Boston Freedom Trail is that it’s, freeeeee… ironic huh? This trail is marked by a red line, and runs through all of Boston, taking you to 16 different historical sites. It covers two and a half centuries of America’s significant past, it’s leaders, the culture that has built the United States and just as important, seeing the city as it really is.  The trail is self guided, which is nice to be able to sit at a particular site for a bit or venture off, grab a bit to eat and then resume your tour. As for others who don’t like to follow the red brick line by themselves, there are guided tours, and trolley tours available as well.

photo 1 (8)The trail will take you to the North End, stop by Mike’s Pastry and taste their famous cannoli, which was featured on Bizarre Foods America. Let’s just say, Ammmaazzing! Along with that, remember, as amazing as this trail is, you are trekking all throughout Boston, which can take hours…. don’t be a typical Cali girl and wear flip flops, wear good walking shoes. You will pass the Bunker Hill Monument (it’s free to climb to the top and see all of Boston), the Old State House, the Boston Common, Paul Revere House, the site of the Boston Massacre and my favorite, the oldest in commission navel vessel, the USS Constitution, along with many other historical sites. If you plan to take this red brick (or painted) line that connects the sites as your own guide, you can download the app on your phone and listen to the guided tour. You may also stop by the Boston Common Visitors Center to pick up a free guide pamphlet, which gives the information of each site.

 Boston, along with other cities in the United States are filled with cultural diversity. These cities became new homes for many from all over the world and came to life with what they have brought to the American nation. Don’t let stories be words in history books but go out, experience and enjoy Boston for the rich culture of its past and its present.

XO From Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Common Visitor Center: 148 Tremont Street, Boston

Mike’s Pastry: 300 Hanover Street, Boston

 

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