Due to its compact size, Boston is a city that is easily walkable. To that end, Boston is home to many walking trails, which offer a fantastic, not to mention healthy, way to discover this wonderful city by relying on nothing more than your own two feet.

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The Freedom Trail

Boston is home to one of America’s first historic walking tours, The Freedom Trail. Visitors walk to 16 historical sites over the course of two or three hours. The trail spans two and a half centuries of America’s most significant history. You can either go on a self-guided tour or you could take one of the many tours available through the Boston Common Visitors Center. If walking is not your thing, you can also do a trolley tour along the trail and just disembark at selected stops that catch your eye.

Climb the Bunker Hill Monument

The Bunker Hill Monument, located at Breed’s Hill, stands 221 feet tall. The monument marks the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution, which took place on June 17, 1775. “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes” is the legendary order attributed to Colonel William Prescott to make sure that each shot fired would count. You can climb up the 294 steps that lead to the pinnacle from where you have a wonderful 360-degree view of the surrounding area.

Women’s Heritage Trail

Starting off very humbly, by 1875, Boston was a city buoyed by wealth from new industries and investment after the Civil War. However, it wasn’t just new trade and investment that advanced American culture, but also “New Women.” More and more, women played significant public roles in medicine, literature, arts, social work, and education, many of whom lived, worked, and exhibited across Boston’s new Back Bay. If you are interested in visiting these places, you can take a 90-minute walking tour past the sites of former homes, studios, and artworks of many of the pioneering women.

The John F. Kennedy Trail

Paying homage to one of America’s most iconic presidents, the John F. Kennedy trail will take you past some of the sites most frequently associated with the late president. The first stop of the trail is whereJohn F. Kennedy’s lifelong journey to the White House began, in the modest house where he was born on May 29, 1917. The trail can also take you past Winthrop House at Harvard University, which houses the dormitory in which President Kennedy stayed as an upperclassman in college. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum pays further homage to this much-loved president and is just one of the many other stops along this iconic trail.

So, as you can see from the above examples of just some of the options available, Boston is the perfect city for walking tours. The only question now is in which of the many hotels in Boston to book yourself into and then which walking trail to visit.
Disclaimer: I am a freelancer for Hipmunk, and I am currently working on its #hipmunkcityloveproject.

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