Remembered for its political and historical importance during the American Revolution, Boston, Massachusetts has knowledge to share with anyone who visits. This city is full of American history – with buildings, museums, and monuments galore – as well as having a popular shopping destination in Faneuil Hall.
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If you enjoy art, then you’d probably be interested in the fourth largest museum in the U.S. Founded in 1870, this museum contains more than 450,000 works of art and attracts more than a million visitors every year. It recently became part of Tuft’s University School of Arts and Sciences and has been claimed as a “must see” by reviewers on TripAdvisor.
Much like the Civil War trails that can be found and followed in Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, the Freedom Trail marks 16 locations significant to American history. It makes for a casual 2.5 mile walk through downtown Boston, where you can visit historic buildings and locations that are now surrounded by modern day structures. Information about the trail can be found at the office of the National Park Service on the first floor of Faneuil Hall.
This floating museum offers thorough information on what happened around the event of the Boston Tea Party. They provide interactive exhibits, authentically restored tea ships, and will even let you throw tea into the harbor! With lively staff, knowledge and unlimited tea to share, this museum is a popular destination for history buffs and tourists alike.
Putting American history aside for a moment, there’s also a beautiful memorial dedicated to the Jews who died in the Holocaust. Located in downtown Boston, this site was dedicated in October 1995 and is lit up and open to visitors 24/7.
5. Bunker Hill
Built to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill, this granite obelisk was completed in 1843. During visiting hours, anyone can climb to the top. Be careful – that hike includes 294 steps! (Local jogging enthusiasts can be seen including this trek in their daily run.) The site also includes a small museum commemorating generals and soldiers. Both of the buildings are free to visit.
These are just a few of the destinations to visit while staying in Boston. There are many other sites to see and places to shop, it might take more than one trip to see it all!