The Freedom Trail: A Walk Through History in Boston

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I’m a giant history nerd especially when it comes to the history of the United States. I spent a part of my summer binge-watching “Turn: Washington Spies” on Netflix, reading a book on the American Revolution, and listening to an e-book on how the revolution was won. My fascination is obvious so when we had the opportunity to visit Boston, known as the “birthplace of the American Revolution”, I was giddy with excitement.

We booked a red-eye flight from Denver to Providence for $21 on Frontier Airlines. A four and a half hour flight on tiny seats that don’t recline was a bit rough. The price was nice, but it was nearly impossible to get sleep on the flight. We arrived in Providence around 7 AM, picked up our rental car and drove the hour to Boston. By the time we arrived, we were exhausted. We found refuge at the Boston Common Parking Garage, parked and realized we could barely keep our eyes open. Riley was already asleep in the back so we grabbed pillows from our checked bag and closed our eyes. We didn’t have the intention of falling asleep (and I don’t recommend it at all, you could probably get in trouble), but we slept so hard…

I woke up to the sound of a car door slamming and panicked when I woke up. I checked my phone and it was 10:30; I had slept soundly for 2 hours. I knew I had to close my eyes, but I didn’t realize I was that tired. Riley and Clayton continued to snore, so I opened the back, changed my clothes and put some makeup on. I learned from living on the road that wet wipes and a fresh change of clothes can do wonders. We must have looked insane sleeping in the car, but I looked and felt significantly better after that little nap.

 

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We woke up like this! 

 

After waking the other two up, we headed upstairs to grab something to eat and grab tickets for the Freedom Trail tour. There are several things to do and see in Boston that would take you more than a week to fully enjoy, but we only had a day so I opted to partake in the number one thing on my list.

The 90-minute, 1-mile tour over the brick covered trail covers historical sites such as the Granary Burying Ground, the Old State House, and the Boston Massacre Site. Our tour was led by an incredibly entertaining woman who played “Hannah Mather Crocker”, a real historical figure who secretly helped the “rebels” during the Revolutionary War and was an early pioneer for Women’s Rights.

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Hannah at the grave of John Hancock

Hannah was incredibly knowledgeable. Everyone on the tour “oohed and aahed” at the information we learned, took about a million photos at every site, and laughed hysterically at Hannah’s stories and jokes along the way. The entire group remained engaged, Riley thought it was fun and interesting, and I continued to notice random people trying to join our tour.  It was a fun and educational 90 minutes, and we were all a little bummed when it ended.

 

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The Old State House, the oldest building in Boston. The Declaration of Independence was read aloud on the balcony on July 18, 1776.

 

 

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Paul Revere’s tomb. Did you know he never yelled, “the British are coming” ?

 

When the tour ended, we walked around the city, popped into a couple shops and took in more sights. We ended the day with a couple beers on a rooftop bar near City Hall then dinner at Walhburger. I stand by the fact that I am not a city person, but wow, we absolutely loved Boston. And we cannot wait to go back and spend more time in this amazing city!

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Pumpkin Beer with a cinnamon/sugar rim

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The Impossible Burger! One of the best veggie burgers I’ve ever had!

 

Till next time, Boston!

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