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The Most American Run: The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail - it even sounds American
How American was your run today? Not as American as mine.

For serious.

Today I ran the most American run possible: The Freedom Trail.

There was a little bit of Commonwealth Avenue thrown in there for good measure but, for the most part, this run was all Freedom Trail - from the Visitor Information Center in Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution, I ran all the history today.

And if you're ever visiting Boston, I definitely recommend it - if you can stand that much history in one run.

So here are some pictures from the run to highlight some of the most impressive/memorable spots along the trail.
These placards are sprinkled throughout the trail and typically signify a site to check out
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Before the Freedom Trail proper, Commonwealth Avenue
Not the most exciting view, but the official start of the Freedom Trail in Boston Common

The first turn, heading towards the golden dome of the Massachusetts State House
The Massachusetts State House - there was a woman on a hunger strike sitting in front of this gate
The entrance to the Granary Burying Ground
Samuel Adams' grave inside the Granary Burying Grounds - the Samuel Adams brewery tour is also worth checking out

King's Chapel - on a previous visit I did a tour of the King's Chapel crypt

The Old South Meeting House
Faneuil Hall - this has been around since 1742 but is a bunch of touristy shops now
The Bell in Hand Tavern - America's Oldest Tavern, they say. Had a beer here. Nothing fancy - just a tavern.
The Paul Revere House - oldest building in downtown Boston (1680)
City Square Park
The USS Constitution: "the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world"
The end of the line at the Bunker Hill Monument

Comments

  1. Neat. My best friend lives in Boston, and while I didn't run the Freedom Trail, when I when I was visiting her I did go for a run to "explore" while she went to work. If I recall, I ran by the Charles River, by MIT, randomly found the Cheers bar, and ran through the big public garden. It was lovely! By any chance, did you make it to the town of Marblehead?? My friend took us there and it was so charming and so "Quaint New England."

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  2. We didn't make it to Marblehead, but we went to Salem which is pretty close by. The trail along the Charles River is great (obviously not as sweet as the Lakefront Trail but still good).

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  3. You're right, that's pretty darn American. Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures!

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