City Orientation Walk, Boston (Self Guided)

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 Tremont Street side of the park. Today the Common serves as a public park for all to use for formal or informal gatherings. Events such as concerts, protests, softball games, and ice skating often take place in the park. Famous individuals such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Paul II have made speeches there. Judy Garland gave her largest concert ever on the Common, on August 31, 1967.

You will also find here the Brewer Fountain – a gift to the city, offered by Gardner Brewer in 1868. The fountain is made of bronze set in a stone basin. The four figures around the base are Neptune, the Roman God of the sea, Amphitrite, one of his wives, Acis, the son of a river-nymph and his beloved Galatea, a sea-nymph.

Why You Should Visit:
To be provided with an insight into the history of this area in particular and the US more widely with the range of statues/memorials that are to be found.
Richer in history than many other areas, as a consequence of circumstances, it doesn't so much cling to such but rather evoke pride in its intricate tapestry of the past.

Just wander through it to see and experience the myriad and variety of typical Bostian life... Doesn't cost a dime and if the sun shines, what could possibly be better?
You can go ice skating outdoors, at Frog Pond, in the winter. It can get crowded but it's always a good time.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6:30am-11pm
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 venture out on foot to see all that Boston has to offer.
You will enjoy the quiet and beautiful streets with lovely doors that set apart Beacon Hill from the rest of Boston.

Be sure to swing by the beautiful Acorn Street (Boston's narrowest cobblestone alley) for many great photo opportunities.
If you're looking for cute shops and fun restaurants & coffee shops, Charles Street is hard to beat.
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 museum in 1961 after the death of its owner, Rose Standish Nichols. Rose was the oldest daughter of Dr. Arthur Nichols who bought the house in 1885 for his family. She was also the first woman landscape designer in America, a pacifist and an active suffragette.

The house is elegantly decorated in 17th to 19th century European and American furniture, including oriental rugs, European and Asian art, Flemish tapestries and sculptures by the famous American 19th-century artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens. In the dining room, you will see fine examples of French faïence from Lunéville, rare Chinese porcelain, and lacquered boxes. The wooden furniture dates back to the early 19th century and was made by Thomas Seymour, Isaac Vose, and J.R. Penniman.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place to get a glimpse of Beacon Hill's mansions from the inside. Plus, incredibly knowledgeable tour guides, and hardly anyone there!
Recommended for anybody interested in Boston history, antiques, textiles, preservation, family dynamics, or killing a little time (so, basically, everyone).

Take note, there is no air conditioning in the summer.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 11am-4pm (Apr-Oct); Thu-Sat: 11am-4pm (Nov-Mar)
Tours are offered on the hour and last 30-45 minutes. The last tour is at 4pm.
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 House and the Pantheon. The magnificent dome was once covered in wood shingles, but it leaked, so it was given a copper sheath and then covered with 23k gold-leaf. During WWII the dome was painted black to prevent it showing up in case of air-raids, and it cost the state a fortune to restore the original gold-leaf at the end of the war. On top of the dome is a wooden pinecone to represent the importance of the logging industry. Found outside are several statues, including an equestrian statue of General Joseph Hooker; the statesman Daniel Webster; Horace Mann, considered the father of the “normal school” movement; J.F. Kennedy; Anne Hutchinson, a staunch advocate of religious freedom and rights for women; and Mary Dyer, one of the Boston Martyrs who was hanged because she was a Quaker in spite of a Puritan law forbidding Quakers in the city.

Why You Should Visit:
The building is free and open to the public – though you'll need to pass through security.
You can appreciate the (many) grand halls and the chambers where legislators convene to debate & pass laws.
The architecture and artwork here are magnificent; from large rotundas and grand staircases to marble sculptures and massive paintings.

If you come at the right time, you can have a tour guide walk you through the building and explain everything.
A self-guided tour is fine too, as there are pamphlets which explain the significance of the various rooms and monuments.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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 May 1 and construction was completed by the end of the year, under the guidance of Peter Banner (architect), Benajah Young (chief mason) and Solomon Willard (woodcarver). Banner took inspiration from several early pattern books, and his design is reminiscent of a London church by Christopher Wren. The church became known as "Brimstone Corner", in part because of the missionary character of its preaching, and in part because of the storage of gunpowder during the War of 1812.

Why You Should Visit:
Considering the size of so many skyscrapers and tall buildings across the U.S. today, it's interesting to think that this was the tallest building in the country during its early years.
Worth walking by to admire the architecture.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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 bustles with activity.

Why You Should Visit:
Fantastic shopping area not just because it houses Boston's edition of Macy's but, for some at least, because it is the location of the best supermarket that you'll ever come across anywhere in the USA – Roche Bros. Not so much an opportunity to shop – more an experience to be savored. Quite smart and picturesque overall with characterfully designed buildings most impressive on the eye.

Check out the Summer Street Markets, as well as the holiday market that happens here!
Sight description based on wikipedia
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. Prominently displayed in the Burying Ground is an obelisk erected in 1827 to the parents and relatives of Benjamin Franklin who was born in Boston and is buried in Philadelphia. The oldest memorial in the yard lies near the Franklin monument memorializing John Wakefield, aged 52, who died 18 June 1667. Why there is a seven-year gap between the establishment of the burying ground and the oldest memorial is unknown.

Why You Should Visit:
This is, of course, unique to Boston. As you may recall, Boston was one of the earliest settlements in the "New World", and you won't see headstones and burial rows like the ones here anywhere else.

A tour guide would be worth it here to bring you straight to the more notable graves.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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 Harrison and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 for its architectural significance.

Inside, the church is characterized by wooden columns with Corinthian capitals that were hand-carved by William Burbeck and his apprentices in 1758. The current uniform appearance of the pews dates from the 1920s. Music has long been an important part of King's Chapel, which acquired its first organ in 1723. The present organ, the sixth installed in King's Chapel, was built by C. B. Fisk in 1964. The burying ground at King's Chapel is the site of the graves of many historic figures.

Why You Should Visit:
Another example of a historically relevant edifice in the heart of Boston.
Architecturally speaking, it is simple, yet the craft of the details is exceptional.

Entry into the church is free; however, donations are accepted at the front entrance.
They offer a couple tours (Bells & Bones + Art & Architecture) for a fee – take them!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm (Apr-Oct); Fri, Sat, Mon: 10am-4pm; Sun: 1:30-4pm (Nov-Mar)
Sight description based on wikipedia
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 never president.

Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston in 1706 and his father, who wanted him to become a clergyman, sent him to the Latin School. He didn’t finish his schooling and went to work for his brother who had a printing press. He began to publish his own articles and moved into the field of politics, where he was a staunch advocate for the abolition of slavery and the protection of Native American rights. He was the only person to have signed all four of the most important documents in American History: the Declaration of Independence, the Alliance with France Treaty, the Peace with Great Britain Treaty and the Constitution of the United States.

Benjamin Franklin was also a scientist; in 1749 he invented the lightning rod. In his role as Statesman, he formed the 1st public lending library and the 1st fire department in Pennsylvania.

The statue would probably have better light for photographing in the morning, but you'd still manage to get a decent photo in the afternoon light.
Ruth's Chris Steak House is right there so if you're a meat eater, that is a good place to stop but, be forewarned – there are many many more historical restaurants further down on the Freedom Trail.
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 year period of famine, poverty and disease. It began with the failure of the potato crops, which were the main source of income and food for many Irish families. The English Administrators did little or nothing to help the people and food became perilously scarce. As more and more families succumbed to mal-nutrition, disease began to spread. Hunger and sickness killed over a million people and over 2 million fled the country, most of them crossing the Atlantic and arriving in America.

About 200,000 Irish refugees settled in Boston, living in appalling conditions of poverty in the insalubrious waterfront area of Boston’s North End. Luckily the Irish are an optimistic people, and their will to live and to make a better life for their children paid off and they began to prosper. As Boston is considered the Irish capital in America, it is only fitting that a memorial should be raised there to remind future generations that nothing is gained without a struggle.
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 explain the role of the building, and that of the city of Boston, in the American Revolution. Also on display are collections of The Bostonian Society. Among the most notable exhibits is tea from the Boston Tea Party and John Hancock's coat. Visitors can hear testimony from the Boston Massacre trial; see Boston harbor paintings and other memorable items. Families with kids will enjoy hands-on history galleries with interactive exhibits on the 2nd floor.

Why You Should Visit:
An integral part of the Freedom Trail, it really is worth your while reading all that pervades this building even if you decide not to enter.
They have an extensive gift shop, however, and you can pay for a 30 to 40-minute tour/talk outside about the Boston massacre.

To save money, there is a combo ticket that includes this, the Old South Meeting House and Paul Revere's House.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5pm (Memorial Day - Labor Day closes at 6pm)
Closed at 3pm on Christmas Eve Day
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas & New Year's Days
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 council chambers. The upper floors are given over to the administration and planning department offices. It’s a labyrinth of corridors, stairways and offices and has been condemned as space wasting and energy unfriendly.

The building is in the 'Brutalist' style, an off-shoot of the modernist architectural movement. Le Corbusier was a follower of this style and it’s true that the city hall greatly resembles the monastery he designed in La Tourette. "Brutalist" comes from the French "beton brut", literally "rough" or "unadorned" concrete, an idea of Le Corbusier. A lot of modernist architecture is very eye-catching, and the city hall is certainly that, but whether in a good or bad way is still at the centre of arguments.

A few years ago there was talk of demolishing the building and starting again from scratch, but the cost of moving the millions of tons of concrete was prohibitive and with the onset of the financial crisis the idea was scrapped.

Free admission through security (be ready for a bag check & metal detector) – explore it!
The City Hall plaza with the cool BOSTON sign is well worth checking out as well.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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 symbolizes a different major concentration camp (Majdanek, Chełmno, Sobibor, Treblinka, Bełżec, and Auschwitz-Birkenau), but can also be taken to be menorah candles, the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust, and the six years that the mass extermination took place, 1939-1945. The New England Holocaust Memorial is located near the Freedom Trail, and is only a few steps off the trail, making it a popular tourist attraction.

Why You Should Visit:
Some Holocaust memorials are very evocative while some are not. This one in Boston is excellent.
It's a really nice spot near the North End and Haymarket and they have done well at building something memorable and powerful.

Walk slowly through it and try to read as much as you can allow yourself. Do not walk around this – it needs to be walked through.

Opening Hours:
Open 24 hours daily
Sight description based on wikipedia
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 produce sellers.

It quickly became a favorite place for famous orators. It was in this hall that colonists first protested against the “Sugar Act” in 1764 and established the “No taxation without representation” slogan, which was the basis of the War for Independence. The hall is called the “Cradle of Liberty”.

Today the market is full of shops and restaurants and it is a great place to stop and have lunch or just for a drink, as it is very popular with street players, jugglers, magicians and musicians, so you will be entertained while having your meal. The first floor of the hall is a meeting hall for debating societies and the second floor is occupied by the Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company.

Why You Should Visit:
Delightful and archetypally Bostonian area – in that it's smart, classy, relaxed, friendly, clean and inviting.
You can't go wrong here and the best thing about it is the co-location with so much else that's impressive.

Be sure to check out the grasshopper weather vane on top of the building, once used to spot spies during the War of 1812!
Also, check out the inlay showing the original shoreline and long dock in the front plaza – very cool.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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: 6.00-19.00
Sight description based on wikipedia
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 appearance around 1700, ninety percent of the structure (including two doors, three window frames, and portions of the flooring, foundation, inner wall material and raftering) is original to 1680, though none of the window glass is original. Its heavy beams, large fireplaces, and absence of interior hallways are typical of colonial living arrangements. The two chambers upstairs contain several pieces of furniture believed to have belonged to the Revere family.

Why You Should Visit:
Seemingly in excellent condition and although there are only 4 rooms to see you get a good sense of the style and scale of homes back in the 1700s.
It's a short self-guided tour but there are people working that are very knowledgeable and will answer questions you may have regarding Paul Revere and/or his house.

Entrance is $5 per person and they only accept cash, so make sure to have some on hand if you're interested in seeing the historic house.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-4:15pm (Nov 1 - Apr 14); 9:30am-5:15pm (Apr 15 - Oct 31)
Closed on Mondays in January, February, and March
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Sight description based on wikipedia
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 along with an original cappuccino.

Why You Should Visit:
This is the part of city center Boston where they seemingly have all the main historic elements that relate to Paul Revere and his historically significant life.
There are lots of things to see and read. You can have an enjoyable, rewarding and educational experience for the whole family in wandering around this area without there being a financial cost.

You can undertake a tour of North End as part of an overall Freedom Trail experience – and that's FREE as well.
Make reservations if planning to eat between 5-8pm in one of the many great restaurants as the area is busy with locals and tourists.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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
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...  view more

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 Nightlife Tour

Boston Nightlife Tour

Boston is one of the most sparkling and vibrant cities for nightlife in the US. Bostonians, tourists and Hollywood stars alike flock to the dance clubs here. Become one of the in-crowd by taking our tour of the best nightlife spots in the city of Boston.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Cultural Walk in Boston

Cultural Walk in Boston

Through Boston's many theaters, cinemas, museums, art galleries, and concert halls, you can discover another side to this great city. Some of these cultural venues date as far back as the beginning of the 20th Century, and how well a show is received by audiences here can often determine whether it will succeed on Broadway. Take our tour to see the best artistic parts of the city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 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

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip

Boston's Marblehead Eateries

Boston's Marblehead Eateries

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Boston for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Boston has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Boston's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Boston CityPASS or GO Boston Card.

A city pass combines all or multiple Boston's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving your precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Boston hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Boston Omni Parker House Hotel, The Bostonian Boston, Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Boston, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Boston typically costs somewhere between US$35 and US$80 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off trolley to enjoy sightseeing of Boston in comfort listening to a live on-board commentary from a local expert, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route as often as you like. The tickets are valid for one or two days.

- Pack your “very best of Boston” experience in just one day with the help of a fully narrated sightseeing tour covering all of the city's key historic attractions, including those in the neighboring Massachusetts cities of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord, dating back to the times of the American Revolutionary War.

- Feel the spirit of Boston on a guided, 2-hour walk through the Downtown area on the popular Freedom Trail visiting the locations of great historical importance for the United States. If you're a history buff, this tour is definitely for you!

- Summon your guts and sense of adventure to dig deep into the ghastly side of Boston on a scary, yet fun and informative frightseeing tour set to bring light to some of the darkest corners of the city and relay the stories of the unfortunate souls and sinister characters that once walked the streets of Boston.

- Pedal your way around Boston on a 3-hour educational and fun bike tour to appreciate the city's most spectacular sights while stopping at some of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning interesting facts about the attractions en route from a knowledgeable group leader.

- Spend another three hours in a most tasteful way on a walk led by an expert guide to explore the culinary scene of Boston. Along with the freshest seafood food and other delights, you will acquaint yourself with Boston's Little Italy, learn the history of this neighborhood and some fascinating facts about its most favorite dishes.

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Boston, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Cambridge, Lexington and Concord, New England coast, Salem, Martha's Vineyard, or Plimoth. For as little as circa US$50+ to US$105 per person you will get a chance to discover several nearby Massachusetts cities that left mark in the American history, stand on the legendary battlefield and visit other locations that played a prominent role in the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars, capture the beautiful scenery of the New England coast replete with postcard-worthy beaches, harbors, wetlands, rugged cliffs and lighthouses, travel along the rocky coast of Maine to one of the most iconic lighthouses in the U.S., learn the fascinating history of the Salem Witch Trials, see the birthplace of the American Navy, explore Boston's original Martha's Vineyard, or step back in time for a glimpse of life of the Pilgrims back in the 1600s with a chance to interact with the costumed actors reenacting the Pilgrims' daily chores in the English colony. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Boston and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach to the destination of your choice and back again.