For just over 60 years, the Freedom Trail has topped Boston's most popular tourist attractions. Stretching for 2.5 miles, the trail winds its way past 16 important historic sites that contributed to the founding of the city, and of our nation. Today Boston has another celebrated trail that traces the city's early history and celebrates it's relationship to the sea; the Walk To The Sea.
Stretching about half the length of the Freedom Trail, the Norman B. Leventhal Walk To The Sea starts from the heights of Beacon Hill, site of the original Boston settlement established in 1625. The walk progresses downhill and finishes at the very tip of the waterfront at the end of historic Long Wharf. This one mile walk winds its way along the well traveled route from the Massachusetts State House directly to the harbor front. Along the way, ten freestanding glass panels mark historic spots and share commentary, history, photos, and etchings. The journey takes walkers through 400 years of Boston's relationship with the sea. Primary stops include King's Chapel, Government Center, the Old State House, Financial District, the Custom House and Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Full information including a downloadable color map, an MP3 version of the walk, as well as a virtual tour, are all available by visiting the website at www.walktothesea.com. Here you will learn the history of the development of the free walk and even experience the fascinating transformation of the city's topography from 1635 until present day.
So for a fascinating view of the city of Boston and a fresh look at the history of our nation, take an invigorating Walk To The Sea.