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Boston is one of the most historical cities in the United States. There is so much to see and do in this amazing metropolis of four million people. But if you only have one day to spend in Boston, here are the most important attractions and sights you need to check out!
The Freedom Trail
Boston played a significant role in the U.S. War of Independence, so it only makes sense that there is a trail in the city dedicated to the American ideal of freedom. Freedom Trail is 2.5 miles long and is made of red paint and brick. The idea for this trail was hatched in 1958 by a reporter from the Boston Globe. If you only have limited time to walk on the trail, it is suggested that you start at Boston Common Visitor Centre and go on one of the loops that only takes an hour.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
As far as shopping meccas go, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is one of the best you’ll find in Boston. There are hundreds of shops here – a mixture of local businesses and national chain stores.
Paul Revere House
This historic, three-story brick house was home to Paul Revere, one of the key figures of the American Revolution. The Paul Revere House overlooks gorgeous cobblestone 19 North Square in the city’s North End. These days, the house is a non-profit museum operated by the Paul Revere Memorial Association.
In addition to being a living, breathing open-air museum of American history, Boston also has a growing reputation as a hipster haven. And this means plenty of coffee shops. In the Hanover Street district, you’ll find endless bistros and small restaurants that serve a variety of specialty coffees, good food, and delectable desserts. Some of the most popular places are Caffe Vittoria and Mike’s Pastry.
Downtown Boston may be small in comparison to other cities, but there are a lot of attractions within easy walking distance. Boston is renowned for having one of the most beautiful harbors in the United States. In the evening, it’s worth taking a sightseeing cruise from Long Wharf to Charleston. The trip doesn’t take very long, so you’ll be back on schedule. As you stroll around the waterfront, check out the New England Aquarium, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Boston Children’s Museum.
This huge outdoor open public park is a big draw on warm summer days. You can relax, play baseball, soccer or basketball or mingle with locals or tourists. Walk around the Public Gardens or sit next to Frog Pond. The best thing about all of this is that it’s free.
George Washington Memorial
America’s first president is a household name in Boston. He’s memorialized by this 22-foot statue that is located close to the Boston Common. The foundation of the statue is solid masonry and is surrounded by gorgeous flower beds. Although the War of Independence finished in 1781, it wasn’t until July 3rd, 1869, when the memorial was built.
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