Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 21: Walk the Freedom Trail

Cost: Free
Difficulty: 2
Time: 2 hours

Leo suggested this one. It's the sort of thing you do if friends come in from out of town and want to take in Boston's historical sights, but I've never done it before. You start downtown in Boston Common and follow a red line to various famous historical landmarks such as the State House, the Granary Burial Ground, site of the Boston Massacre, etc.

Most of these were closed on the day of our visit because it was Presidents' Day, which was fine because we were walking Jess & Leo's dog, Shauners who wouldn't have been allowed in.

The trail eventually makes its way across the river into Charlestown, somewhat more gentrified and somewhat less of an impenetrable criminal fortress than The Town might lead you to believe.

Shauners and Leo from a top Breed's Hill, which is where you'll find the Bunker Hill Monument. Behind them is a statue of William Prescott who allegedly uttered the famous, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!" quote.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed skimming through your list of "28 Things to Do". I especially enjoyed this one, as it was one of the first things I did when I moved to Boston way back in the early 1991. My picture album from that walk is a cherished artifact, and one that I'll have to digitize someday!