Day 1 – Boston Freedom Trail
On our first morning in Boston, we joined a walking tour of the Boston Freedom trail. This starts on Boston Common and visits several locations of significance at the start of the American War of Independence. The trail is marked by a red brick inlay in the pavement, and can be followed with a guide, or independently. Locations visited include the grave and house of Paul Revere, the Old State House – where the Declaration of Independence was first read out – and Faneuil Hall, which was used as a meeting house by the early revolutionaries. In the afternoon, we wandered through some of the older parts of the city as well as visiting the Charles River Reservation – a green space along the river front where we spotted some squirrels. In the evening, after eating in South Market Street, we managed some night time shots of the Boston sky-line from the Boston Public Gardens.
Day 2 – Boston Trolley Bus Tour
A number of hop-on hop-off trolley buses operate in Boston, and we decided to use these to explore further afield on our second day. First stop was Copley Square with the Trinity Episcopal Church and the John Hancock Tower. The latter is the tallest building in New England at 790ft. We then visited the Prudential Centre and the Mother Church of Christian Science. Finally, we took the bus to the Boston waterfront area, where there are superb views of the Boston sky-line and a tourist re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party. We ended the day with another walk through the Boston Public Gardens as we returned to our hotel from the trolley bus stop.