Freedom Trail, with a detailed map and a good amount of coffee.
The 2.5-mile Trail is fairly easy to follow; it's brick-lined and the buildings and sites are fairly well-marked. Of the sixteen official sites on the trail, the Old North Church was my favorite. I'm a sucker for 18th and 19th-century architecture, and the church is a gorgeous example. It's the oldest church in Boston, having opened its doors in 1723. And its steeple, topping almost 200 feet, is also the city's tallest.
You'll also see Boston Common, Old South Meeting Hall, the site of the Boston Massacre, Bunker Hill, and the USS Constitution. Even though I chose to tour at my own pace, there are companies who offer walking tours. The Freedom Trail Foundation gives a 90-minute tour with costumed guides, though it must be a no-frills tour. I was on information overload by the time I reached Copp's Hill Burying Ground four hours later.
|Follow the red-brick Trail|