Boston is the capital of the state of Massachusetts and the largest city in the New England area of the USA. It is one of the oldest cities in the country having been founded in 1630 by Puritan colonists from England. So there’s plenty of history to visit and experience.
Boston is probably most famous for being the home of major events in the American Revolution such as the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre. Travelling to the US from the UK has been a bit of a chore in recent years with the need to visit the embassy in London for a Visa but there is a new system called an ESTA application which makes the job easier. So there’s no reason not to go!
Boston is known as a walking city, and this is best shown with the Freedom Trail, which visits 16 sites connected with the American Revolution over around two to three hours of walking. It’s easy to follow too, as there is a red brick or painted line connecting each of the sites, so visits just follow to get from one site to the next.
One of the sites along the trail is the site of the Boston Massacre, which happened in 1770 when a hostile crowd gathered taunting the Redcoats of the city and the soldiers opened fire. Five people were killed and each year, a re-enactment takes place to commemorate the events.
Old South Meeting House was a Puritan place of worship built in 1729, but became more famous in 1773 when 30 tons of taxable tea were thrown into the sea. This became known as the Boston Tea Party and was a political protest against the British government.
Also on the trail is the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship still afloat anywhere in the world. She set sail in 1798 and patrolled the West Indies, Brazil and the West African coast as well as taking part in he Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. She is now berthed at Pier 1 of the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston.
Shopping and Dining
Once a visit has had their fill of history, there’s plenty more to be done in the city. But first, a bite to eat? One option around the city are the food trucks, which can be found at 20 locations across the city. The city’s website has a map of which trucks will be where on what date so you can plan out where you want to eat.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace has over 70 shops, pubs and restaurants housed in a beautiful building on the waterfront that was once called the Cradle of Liberty. The promenades are often filled with street performers and musicians and the food on offer comes from almost every cuisine imaginable.
Apart from walking the Freedom Trail, getting around the city is simple; use the T. This is the transit system of the city operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and incorporating the subway system as well as buses, commuter rail system and even two types of boats around the harbour area. It is simple to purchase a ticket or even download an app to a smartphone that allows mobile travel. That way, visitors can see even more of this historic and beautiful city.
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