City Orientation Walk, Boston

With its many historical landmarks and modern artworks, Boston is a city with a unique image. Mementos of Boston's heroes and memorials to world-changing events are found here, as well as some fine examples of art in the open. Take this orientation walk to see the biggest and best sights of Boston.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Boston (See other walking tours in Boston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 17
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Author: anna
Boston Common

1) Boston Common (must see)

Boston Common (also known as "the Common") is a central public park in Boston, Massachusetts. Dating from 1634, it is the oldest city park in the United States. The Boston Common consists of 50 acres of land bounded by Tremont Street, Park Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street. The Common is part of the Emerald Necklace of parks and parkways that extend from the Common south to Franklin Park in Roxbury. A visitors' center for all of Boston is located on the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Beacon Hill

2) Beacon Hill (must see)

Beacon Hill is a historic neighborhood of Boston. It is a neighborhood of Federal-style rowhouses and is known for its narrow, gas-lit streets and brick sidewalks. Today, Beacon Hill is regarded as one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Boston. In 1955 the neighborhood was made the Historic Beacon Hill District. It was the first such district in Massachusetts, created to protect historic sites and manage urban renewal.

Why You Should Visit:
Excellent location from which to...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Nichols House Museum

3) Nichols House Museum (must see)

Beacon Hill is the most exclusive area of Boston and if you want to know about how its upper-class residents lived between the 19th and early 20th century you can visit the Nichols House Museum to find out. The building was classified a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and really should be on your “must visit” list.

This museum is housed in one of the four-storey Federal-style terrace houses built on Mount Vernon Street in 1804 by Charles Bulfinch, a noted Boston architect. It became a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
New Massachusetts State House

4) New Massachusetts State House (must see)

Standing atop Beacon Hill in Boston is the New Massachusetts State House, seat of the government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts General Court and the offices of the State Governor. A wooden cod hanging on the wall inside the House of Republican chambers is called the “Sacred Cod” and represents the importance of fishing industry for Massachusetts.

The State House was built in 1798 to the design by Charles Bulfinch inspired by two buildings in London: Somerset...   view more
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Park Street Church

5) Park Street Church (must see)

The Park Street Church (built 1810) in Boston, Massachusetts is an active Conservative Congregational Church at the corner of Tremont Street and Park Street. Park Street church's steeple rises to 217 feet and remains a landmark visible from several Boston neighborhoods. The steeple is seen as the terminus of both Columbus Avenue and Tremont Street, two of Boston's radial avenues. The church is adjacent to the historic Granary Burying Ground. The cornerstone of the church was laid on...   view more
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Downtown Crossing

6) Downtown Crossing (must see)

Downtown Crossing is a shopping district in Boston located due east of Boston Common and west of the Financial District. It features large department stores as well as restaurants, music stores, souvenir sellers, general retail establishments, and many street vendors. The section of Washington Street between Temple and Bromfield streets (and portions of Winter and Summer streets) are closed to most vehicular traffic; pedestrians may walk freely in the street. During the day, Downtown Crossing...   view more
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Granary Burying Ground

7) Granary Burying Ground (must see)

Founded in 1660, the Granary Burying Ground is the city of Boston's third-oldest cemetery. Located on Tremont Street, it is the final resting place for many notable Revolutionary War-era patriots, including three signers of the Declaration of Independence, Paul Revere and the five victims of the Boston Massacre. The cemetery's Egyptian revival gate and fence were designed by Boston architect Isaiah Rogers (1810-1849), who designed an identical gate for Newport's Touro Cemetery....   view more
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King's Chapel

8) King's Chapel (must see)

King's Chapel is an independent Christian unitarian congregation affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association that is "unitarian Christian in theology, Anglican in worship, and congregational in governance." It is housed in what was formerly called "Stone Chapel", an 18th-century structure at the corner of Tremont Street and School Street in Boston. The chapel building, completed in 1754, is one of the finest designs of the noted colonial architect Peter...   view more
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Benjamin Franklin Statue

9) Benjamin Franklin Statue (must see)

In front of the old City Hall, on the spot where the original Boston Latin School once stood, you will find the Benjamin Franklin Statue.

The 8-foot bronze statue was executed by Richard S. Greenough and put in place in 1856. It was the first statue of a human to be placed in any city in America. A lot of people think that Benjamin Franklin was President of the United States, but in fact, although he was one of the Founding Fathers, a statesman, diplomat and the Ambassador to France, he was...   view more
Irish Famine Memorial

10) Irish Famine Memorial

Along the Boston Freedom Trail you will come across a small park where you will see the Irish Famine Memorial. It comprises two statues, one of a mother, father and son obviously weak and ill, in attitudes of despair and supplication; the second is of (perhaps) the same family, well-dressed, well-fed and wearing hopeful expressions. Eight plaques around the statues tell the sad story of how this memorial came to be erected in 1998.

In 1845 a series of catastrophes in Ireland led to a five...   view more
Old State House

11) Old State House (must see)

The Old State House is a historic building, renowned for hosting the first elected legislature in the New World. Standing at the intersection of Washington and State Streets, it dates to 1713, which makes it the oldest public edifice in the city. Today it houses a history museum run by the Bostonian Society. Here, visitors can learn about the people and the events that have shaped the history of Boston, colony, state, and the whole of the U.S.

The Museum's exhibits occupy two floors and...   view more
Boston City Hall

12) Boston City Hall (must see)

Boston City Hall has sparked off furious debates about architecture for the last forty years and you really should go and have a look at the building to see what all the fuss is about.

Built in 1969 by the architects Kallman McKinnell and Knowles, it is the seat of the Boston Municipal Government. The lowest portion is partially built into the hillside and houses the public department of the city government. The central portion is where the mayor and city council have their offices and the...   view more
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New England Holocaust Memorial

13) New England Holocaust Memorial (must see)

The New England Holocaust Memorial is dedicated to the Jews killed in the Holocaust during World War II. Designed by Stanley Saitowitz and erected in 1995, the memorial consists of six glass towers that the visitor can walk under. Engraved on the towers are six million numbers that symbolize the six million killed in the Holocaust. There are also random messages on the towers. Underneath the towers, steam rises up through metal grates from a dark floor with twinkling lights on it. Each tower...   view more
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Faneuil Hall Marketplace

14) Faneuil Hall Marketplace (must see)

Not far from the waterfront and the Government Centre is a large marketplace comprising Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, North Market and South Market, set around a cobblestone promenade.

Faneuil Hall was built in 1742 and given to the city as a gift from Peter Fan, a rich Bostonian merchant. On the cupola of the hall, you can see a grasshopper weathervane which was placed there in 1745. The open ground floor of the hall was an indoor market place, frequented by merchants, fishermen, and meat and...   view more
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Haymarket Square

15) Haymarket Square

Haymarket Square in Boston is an open-air fruit and vegetable market near the North End, Government Center, West End and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Haymarket has been open since about 1830, over which period it has undergone many transformations, but still retained its location and charm. Unlike the usually upscale offerings at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Haymarket Square offers produce at a very low cost, sometimes half the bill of a normal supermarket. Opening hours: every Friday and Saturday:...   view more
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Paul Revere House

16) Paul Revere House (must see)

The Paul Revere House (1680) is the colonial home of American patriot Paul Revere during the time of the American Revolution. It is located at 19 North Square, in Boston's North End, and is now operated as a nonprofit museum by the Paul Revere Memorial Association. In April 1908, the Paul Revere House opened its doors to the public as one of the earliest historic house museums in the United States. Despite the substantial renovation process which returned the house to its conjectured...   view more
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North End

17) North End (must see)

Settled in the 1660s, North End is the city's oldest residential district and the very center of the European-American village life with the wonderful Italian culture and delicious cuisine. Though small, only 0.36 square miles (0.93 km2), the neighborhood has nearly one hundred establishments and a variety of tourist attractions. The perfect way to dive in the neighborhood's color is to make a trip by foot seeing how the street narrow and widen, and from time to time to rest at a cafe...   view more
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Walking Tours in Boston, Massachusetts

Create Your Own Walk in Boston

Create Your Own Walk in Boston

Creating your own self-guided walk in Boston is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kids Entertainment Tour in Boston

Kids Entertainment Tour in Boston

When it comes to the best entertainment for kids, Boston's got a winning combination: Swan boats, fresh ice cream, unique plants and animals, delicious cookies and much more. There's also the chance to make learning fun with the use of hands-on science exhibits. Take our Kids Entertainment Tour to discover the most fun you can have in Boston.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Historical Cambridge Walking Tour

Historical Cambridge Walking Tour

If you're a history buff, the Cambridge district of Boston has a number of great historical architectural artworks to visit. Inside the walls of these places you can see history in action and find some great stuff that's not in the history books. Take our tour to discover the amazing facts and sights of Cambridge.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Boston Shopping Areas Tour

Boston Shopping Areas Tour

Boston is one of the top shopping destinations in the US northeast, with plenty of interesting stores to visit. You'll even find high class shops, stores inside historical buildings and places where bargaining is still in practice. Take our tour to experience the best shopping the city has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Boston Famous Historical Sites Tour

Boston Famous Historical Sites Tour

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the USA. Its beginnings date back to September 1630 as the "City on a Hill". Through the centuries, the city has witnessed many historical turns of events such as the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Lexington and Concord, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. All left marks not only in Boston's history but also on the architectural structure of the city itself. The following tour will help you discover this rich history with your own eyes.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Boston Museums Walking Tour

Boston Museums Walking Tour

Boston's rich historical past is carefully nourished by the city's many museums. Inside these museums you'll find unique works of art, scientific wonders and many other objects that illuminate the past. Take our walking tour to discover the best museums in the city.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.0 km
Boston Places of Worship Tour

Boston Places of Worship Tour

Boston's many great churches are among the most precious of the city's numerous architectural jewels. What makes these artworks special are their unique styles, elegant facades and centuries of history. Take our tour and experience these must-see wonders of Boston.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km

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