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Beacon Hill, Boston

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Neighborhood Tourist Spot
Gaslit, brick-paved sidewalks and cobbled streets make Beacon Hill a historical hotspot. Narrow, shuttered Federal-row houses line either side of the cobbled passageways and give visitors an idea on what strolling the streets of early Boston must have been like. The Massachusetts State House sits atop a hill in the neighborhood. Local media simply say "Beacon Hill" when referring to the state legislature because the government building sits on top of the hill. The Black Heritage Trail runs through the neighborhood past many homes, churches, and schools that were used by the African-American community. You'll also find the Museum of African American History. Check out sites, including The Club of Odd Volumes and the Headquarters House, which are open to the public. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Beacon Hill by using our Boston itinerary builder.
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  • Be prepared to climb hill!! but well worth it to see the buildings and the gas lamps along the streets. But be aware pavements are very uneven.  more »
  • walked the freedom trail with family after riding trolley. Got off here and headed down to park. Enjoyed the trolley tour and info.  more »
  • Beacon Hill, and especially, Acorn Street, was one of my favorite places in Boston. Just to stroll these beautiful streets and admire the historical buildings is incredibly special. I went early on a ...  more »