Top 10 Boston Historical Sites

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Boston is a city steeped in a rich history going back to not only the time of the earliest European settlers in America but even thousands of years before then when much of the area was inhabited by prehistoric Native American tribes.  It was one of the earliest settlements in the New America and became an important location during the Revolutionary War.  Today, it is a vibrant city of world-class universities and technology firms that help to make it one of the most interesting places to live in the United States.  Still, tourists often flock to Boston in order to see the one-of-a-kind historical sites that dot its landscape,   The majority of visitors would find it difficult to see all of these sites during a regular vacation.  Fortunately, the best among these attractions can be narrowed down to ten choices that everyone should try to see during their visit to Beantown. Here are the top 10 Boston historical sites.

1) USS Constitution

The Constitution is the oldest military vessel in the world that is still afloat, having been launched in 1797 and named by then president George Washington.  Today, visitors can take a guided tour of the ship, which can be found at the Boston Navy Yard.

2) Paul Revere House

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Photo by Eric Lumsden

Everyone knows the story of Paul Revere, having heard it at least a hundred times during our formative years in elementary school.  While historians debate the extent to which the story is true, what is known is that Revere alerted the colonial militia to the advancement of British forces by making his famous Midnight Ride through nearby Lexington and Concord. Today, his house still stands and is a museum that offers tours to interested visitors wishing to learn more about the man behind the legend.

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3) Faneuil Hall 

You’ve never really experienced Boston if you haven’t made a trip to Faneuil Hall.  The Hall has been a marketplace and meeting area for residents of the city since the mid 1700s.  Today, it is one of the most amazing urban marketplaces that you can find in the United States, rivaling those in Europe and Asia in terms of vendors, goods, and culture.

4) The Freedom Trail

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Photo by andrewmalone

This trail is a guided tour through downtown Boston that passes over a dozen sites of historical significance, including the site of the Boston Massacre and many other locations of importance during the Revolutionary period. It couldn’t get easier, just follow the red brick line.

5) Bunker Hill Monument

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Photo by zemistor

The Battle of Bunker Hill was an important battle during the Revolutionary War.  Despite technically a British victory, with American colonists losing 115 lives, it was a battle that ultimately showed that the colonists were able to fight effectively against the British force.  It also was used for propaganda purposes in order to recruit new colonists in the fight.  As such, Bunker Hill became an iconic American battle glorified in movies, paintings, and other media.  Today, tourists can visit the site of the battle and see the monument placed where General Warren and his men perished.

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