by Sharon Root, Guest Blogger (and my mother)
If hiking and history make you happy, visit Boston. As an American history teacher of 20 years, that city is my yellow brick road. If offers miles of trails, as in Freedom Trail, excellent food, and plenty of shopping. We budgeted a week for the trip and it was not enough time to do and see everything.
Because my husband and I are still old school, we took a taxi from Logan Airport to our hotel, the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. The hotel was strategically located a stone’s throw from Boston Common and the Boston Public Park. Boston Public Park was designed by famous landscape artist, Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of New York’s Central Park. It has beautifully groomed outdoor space where a Swan Boat transports visitors across a large duck pond. It is across the street from the famous Cheers bar where we had dinner one evening.
The Freedom Trail is a self-guided walking tour that is picked up in Boston Common (the oldest city park in the U.S.). The trail is easy to spot with its red brick line in the sidewalks. There are 16 sites along the trail that include Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church, Bunker Hill, the USS Constitution, the Old State House, and the site of the Boston Massacre.