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  • 1. Acorn Street

    Beacon Hill | Neighborhood/Street

    Often called the city's most photographed passageway, Acorn Street offers its visitors an iconic image of "historic Boston." Short, steep, and...Read More

  • 2. Charles Street

    Beacon Hill | Neighborhood/Street

    You won't see any glaring neon, in keeping with the historic character of the area, but Charles Street more than makes up for the general lack...Read More

  • 3. Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Government Center | Historic District/Site

    Faneuil Hall has always sat in the middle of Boston's main marketplace and, to be clear, the single building facing Congress Street is the real...Read More

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  • 4. Old South Meeting House

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This is the second-oldest church building in Boston, and were it not for Longfellow's celebration of the Old North in "Paul Revere's Ride,"...Read More

  • 5. Old State House

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This colonial-era landmark has one of the most recognizable facades in Boston, with its gable adorned by a brightly gilded lion and silver unicorn...Read More

  • 6. Castle Island

    South Boston | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Although it once was, Castle Island is no longer, well, an island. Today, this tip of South Boston is accessible by car and by foot from Day...Read More

  • 7. Central Burying Ground

    Downtown | Cemetery

    The Central Burying Ground may seem an odd feature for a public park, but remember that in 1756, when the land was set aside, this was a lonely...Read More

  • 8. Charlestown Navy Yard

    Charlestown | Historic District/Site

    A National Park Service Historic Site since it was decommissioned in 1974, the Charlestown Navy Yard was one of six established to build warships...Read More

  • 9. Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

    Historic District/Site

    Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) is considered the nation's preeminent creator of parks. In 1883, at age 61, while immersed in planning Boston...Read More

  • 10. Granary Burying Ground

    Beacon Hill | Cemetery

    Boston's cemeteries are among the most historic in America, and the Granary, established in 1660, is no exception. Headstones are elaborately...Read More

  • 11. John F. Kennedy National Historic Site

    Historic District/Site

    This was the home of the 35th president from his birth on May 29, 1917, until 1921, when the family moved to nearby Naples and Abbottsford streets...Read More

  • 12. Long Wharf

    Waterfront | Historic District/Site

    Stand in front of Faneuil Hall and you'll see lines on the ground marking Boston's original waterfront. Find State Street to your right and...Read More

  • 13. Louisburg Square

    Beacon Hill | Plaza/Square

    Charming, and tucked around the corner from historic Acorn Street, Louisburg Square (proper Bostonians always pronounce the "s") was an 1840s...Read More

  • 14. Nichols House Museum

    Beacon Hill | Historic Home

    The only Mt. Vernon Street home open to the public, the Nichols House was built in 1804 and is attributed to Charles Bulfinch. It became the...Read More

  • 15. Otis House (1796)

    West End | Historic Home

    The stately Federal-style manor on Cambridge Street was designed by Charles Bulfinch for former Boston mayor and lawyer Harrison Gray Otis....Read More

  • 16. Park Street Church

    Beacon Hill | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    If this Congregationalist church at the corner of Tremont and Park streets could sing, you'd hear Samuel Smith's iconic hymn "America," which...Read More

  • 17. Park Street Station

    Beacon Hill | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    One of the first four stops on the first subway in America, Park Street Station opened for service in 1897, against the warnings of those convinced...Read More

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