Introducing Beacon Hill & Boston Common
The Boston Common is the starting point for the Freedom Trail and, as such, the starting point for many visitors' exploration of Boston. Whether or not it is the first place you visit in Boston, it is a central meeting point, a jumping-off point for several neighborhoods and an always-enjoyable place for a picnic lunch. You'll likely find yourself passing through more than once.
Besides the Common, several other Freedom Trail sights lie within the borders of Beacon Hill, including the impressive gold-domed Massachusetts State House. This is the focal point of politics in the Commonwealth – the building famously dubbed 'the hub of the solar system' – and the neighborhood buzzes with the business of local politicos and State House staffers.
But the appeal of this neighborhood lies behind the landmarks, along the narrow cobblestone streets that crisscross the hill. Lined with brick townhouses and lit by gas lanterns, these streets are a delightful setting to spend an afternoon – whether browsing boutiques and haggling for antiques, or just sipping a cappuccino and admiring the quintessentially Bostonian landscape.
Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Tour
Join other adventure seekers and become an apprentice grave digger on an entertaining tour through the darker side of Boston. A scary, fun and informative frightseeing experience that is truly one of a kind. Step aboard the trolley of the doomed and join your host, a 17th-century grave digger, cursed with a sentence of eternal damnation.
Boston Photography Tour: Freedom Trail
Get your camera ready and explore Boston’s Freedom Trail on this guided walking tour. Hear some interesting commentary from your guide, a professional photographer, and learn creative photography tips as you wind your way along the trail traveled by the Patriots in their fight for independence from British rule.