A photo guide to Boston, the birthplace of the American Revolution
Looking to take a modern trek along the streets where Paul Revere took his famous midnight ride? Curious what more there is to do in Boston than visit the "Cheers" bar and catch a Red Sox game? Stacker tapped a Boston native to lead a tour through the Massachusetts capital with 30 must-see stops. The comprehensive list, designed for history buffs and tourists alike, shows off the city's rich past, natural beauty, expansive culture, and world-class cuisine.
Visitors can stroll along the Freedom Trail and learn about key events of the American Revolution, before stopping at Paul Revere’s House or visiting old souls at the Granary Burial grounds. The tour also offers great activities for lazy afternoons, whether it's hopping aboard the Swan Boats in the Public Garden's lagoon or strolling through Beacon Hill or South Boston neighborhoods. There is plenty here to keep travelers busy, and a few fun places that may even be new for lifelong Bostonians. Read on for inspiration for your next visit to Bean Town.
Learn about 250 years of history and key events of the American Revolution on the Freedom Trail. The trail is a 2.5-mile red line that ribbons around Boston and leads to 16 historic sites. Highlights include Boston Common, the USS Constitution, and Paul Revere’s House.
Paul Revere House
Boston’s North End is a multicultural neighborhood best known for its narrow streets, rich history, and plethora of restaurants, cafes, and bakeries. The North End is a popular spot on Boston’s Freedom Trail enjoyed by 3.2 million visitors each year. Lucca is just one of the Italian restaurants lining Hanover Street, the heart of Boston's Little Italy.
Faneuil Hall is a vibrant marketplace where locals and tourists have been enjoying music, restaurants, boutiques, and pubs since its revitalization in 1976. Street performers and musicians entertain along the cobblestone promenade. A popular place to grab a bite to eat is Quincy Market, where visitors can find 18 restaurants and 35 colonnade eateries, including Boston’s famous clam chowder.
Beacon Hill, Boston's stony residential area, is best known for its historical landmarks, antique shops, boutiques, eateries, and bars. Tourists flock to see the charming neighborhood boasting a variety of architectural styles including Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian. The iconic bar, Cheers, that served as an inspiration for its namesake TV show, is located in Beacon Hill.
Boston Public Garden
Boston Public Garden, the first public botanical garden in the United States, is a lovely spot to spend an afternoon. Tourists can take a ride on the famous Swan Boats and stop to see the "Make Way for Ducklings” bronze statues created by Boston artist Nancy Schön. The garden is also home to the "Good Will Hunting” bench where Robin Williams delivered his speech to Matt Damon.
Old North Church
A stop to the site where the first rumblings of the American Revolution began is on the top of the list for many visitors to Boston. Old North Church is Boston’s oldest surviving church and is found along the Freedom Trail. Made famous by Paul Revere’s midnight ride, Old North Church is the most visited historic site in Boston.
Visitors to Boston come to Bunker Hill to stand on the grounds of what many consider the first battle of the American Revolutionary War. Intrepid tourists can climb the 294 stairs to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument and take a moment to reflect on a poignant chapter in American history.
Boston’s Chinatown is the third largest Chinatown in the United States. An easy walk from Boston’s downtown shopping district, Chinatown’s signature gates welcome visitors to a neighborhood full of restaurants offering Chinese favorites simmering with great flavors.
Fenway Park is the home of the Boston Red Sox. The oldest surviving stadium in Major League Baseball, Fenway Park has gone through many renovations since it was opened in 1912. In 1947, the left field wall was painted green and earned the moniker the "Green Monster,” which became one of the park’s most iconic features.
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