I recently went to Boston, Massachusettes for a day trip. Now, there are a lot of wonderful historical sites to see in Boston, so how could I possibly do them all in one day? The Freedom Trail is how!
The Freedom Trail is free, and it has 16 historical sites on it. You start off in Boston Commons (which is like Boston's "Central Park"). You can pay to have a tour guide, or you can tour yourself for free. There is a red line that you follow throughout the city. The last stop is the Bunker Hill Monument.
To see all the famous sites of the Revolutionary War that I have studied in history books was wonderful. I saw the site of the Boston Massacre, The Old North Church (where Paul Revere placed the lanterns to warn about the British), Paul Revere's house, places where the meetings took place that lead to the Boston Tea Party. The oldest remaining pub in America is in Boston, and along the Freedom Trail are many historical pubs. If I go there another day, I'll do the "Pub Crawl," but this time, I just went to one pub for lunch. I had the New England Clam Chowder (since I was in New England).
However, my absolute favorite thing that I saw was the Granary Burial Grounds, in which the most recent grave is from 1826, which means it is an incredibly well preserved historical burying ground. Samuel Adams and John Hancock are buried there as well as Benjamin Franklin's family. It was amazing to stand over the corpses of great men.
If you remember in my blog, Get Away! I mentioned that not all trips have to be incredibly expensive. Look for places that have free attractions, such as the Freedom Trail in Boston. St. Louis is another fun city to go to that has tons of free attractions. So, continue to get out and have fun without spending a ton of money!
Massachusettes State House, which is on the freedom trail. Also famously pictured in the movie The Departed
Granary Burying Ground, where the youngest grave is from 1826.