Four Days of Living History in Boston

posted on Wednesday, April 08, 2015 at 11:13:49 AM

This week we are exploring the living history of Massachusetts' famous capital, come join us for an incredible Boston Vacation:

Day One: You touch down in Boston, grab the luggage and hop in a taxi for a 10-minute ride to the beautiful Boston Marriott Long Wharf, where you’re pleased to find nice views of Boston Harbor right outside your room! The hotel’s location is superb, and is within walking distance of Boston’s famed North End, which is your first destination. This neighborhood is the city’s oldest, and boasts some pretty amazing Italian restaurants. You wander up Hanover Street to Aria Trattoria, and settle in for some of its signature pasta. To walk off dinner, you head over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for dessert just before the marketplace closes for the evening. Then it’s back to the hotel for a nightcap.

Day Two: In terms of square miles, Boston is not nearly as large as many major cities in the U.S., which makes a trolley tour a great option. The Boston Trolley departs from the front of the hotel and is a hop-on, hop-off operation that makes it easy to get your bearings. You travel back through the North End and across the river to Charlestown – which features Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution - then past the Old State House and the site of the Boston Massacre, and into Boston Common. The Common is the city’s largest park, and is bordered by Beacon Hill and the bar from the television show, Cheers. From there it’s over to Fenway Park, the 103 year-old home of Boston’s beloved Red Sox baseball team.

Day Three: It’s a nice morning and you’ve decided to tackle the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile, mostly brick-lined walking route that takes you to no less than 16 different sites of historical significance. In the 18th Century, Boston was the “cradle of the American Revolution,” and the Freedom Trail provides the gateway to the meeting houses, churches, burying grounds and museums that enable you to learn about the people who helped shape America. As you leave the Paul Revere House, gaze up at the steeple of the Old North Church, and ultimately stand at the Bunker Hill Monument, you’re reminded that the United States’ freedom from the British Empire was hard won, and that freedom did not come without a price.

Day Four: You’re leaving Boston later this afternoon, but there’s still time for one final, historic landmark. You make your way over to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum to learn more about a history-changing event. The museum gives you a comprehensive look into the days leading up to December 16, 1773, as well as that fateful date's role in essentially kick-starting the American Revolution. Combining historic and rare artifacts with cutting-edge technology, you get a feel for what life was like in Boston during the 1700s, and you recognize that this trip’s really been about living history. There’s no place in the country that’s quite like Boston, with so many important sights to see and things to do.

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