In honor of the Red Sox World Series victory last month, we're showcasing their hometown of Boston, Mass., a city where America's earliest history comes face-to-face with a modern metropolis on the shores of the Charles River.
Many of Boston's landmarks date to the American Revolution and the Boston citizens who brought that revolution about. These historic sites form the Freedom Trail, which winds around North End Park.
The oldest surviving public building in Boston is the Old State House, site of the Boston Massacre and the first reading of the Declaration of Independence. State government offices moved in 1798 to the New State House on Boston Common, where they remain to this day.
The largest building in colonial Boston was the Old South Meeting House, a site for Puritan worship as well as meetings of angry colonists, one of which ended in the Boston Tea Party. Across the square is the site of the Old Corner Bookstore, which once printed the works of Thoreau, Emerson and Hawthorne.
If you grew up hearing about Paul Revere shouting "the British are coming," you might enjoy a stop at the house where his midnight ride began. You can connect with other famous colonialists and revolutionaries at Boston's centuries-old cemeteries. The first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Winthrop, is buried at King's Chapel Burying Ground, while freedom fighter Sam Adams lies at the Granary Burying Ground.
A towering obelisk commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill, which brought American and British forces face to face near Charlestown in 1775. After the Revolution ended, one of the young nation's first naval ships was the USS Constitution. Named "Old Ironsides" during the War of 1812, the ship is now a floating museum in the Charlestown harbor.
Boston's mix of history and modern amenities is very clear at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a market dating to 1742 and still offering the best in shopping, dining and foodstuffs in its four buildings. And when you've had your fill of food and browsing, relax for an evening of music at Boston Symphony Hall, home of the Boston Pops Orchestra and one of the three finest music venues in the world.
Whether fighting a revolution or fighting for a baseball title, Boston embodies an independent spirit that has brought it from a Puritan colony to a thriving, modern city. Until you can take a walk along the Freedom Trail in person, please enjoy this desktop getaway.