Not many folks realize this, but there are actually two
Bostons. The first Boston is the one that most people are familiar with: the city known for its distinctive skyline, defined by the easily-recognizable Prudential Center and John Hancock Building. It’s the Boston that’s a sports mecca (Red Sox and Bruins), the home of first-rate colleges and universities (Harvard, Boston University and Northeastern), a world-class center of performing arts (the Theater District, Symphony Hall, and the Boston Opera House), and a shopaholic’s paradise (Copley Square, Newbury Street).
The second Boston is very different, but just as alive and vibrant. It’s the city linked together by the Freedom Trail, a red brick walking path that leads you through the oldest parts of the city. The 2.5 mile walk begins at the Boston Common and ends at the USS Constitution; along the way, it takes you back in time to the Colonial era, enabling you to encounter some of the most important sites in our nation’s history. read more »