Drunkin’ Freedom Trail

One of my favorite things to do in Boston is take my friends and any new-comers on a my own version of the Freedom Trail. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved history and historical novels. I was that dork that visited state capitals and wanted to learn about our government. I didn’t do a lot of traveling when I was younger but I somehow found a way to get down to Washington D.C., twice! So, naturally, when I moved to Boston, I set out on the Freedom Trail and picked out he very best places to stop. As I visited each historical site, I would hop in a pub so I could read up on the significance of the building or monument. Well, as you can imagine, a lot of historical s*** went down in Boston and so by the end of the day, well, let’s say, I got the full affect of what it’s like to be a Bostonian. And, hence, the Drunkin’ Freedom Trail was born and now I can share it with you.

Start at Cheers, where everybody knows your name, and grab a pint

Work your way to the Massachusetts State House, you can’t miss it, it has a big gold dome; be sure to check out the 54th Regiment (across from state house) and Mary Dyer (next to state house) memorials

Make a right (follow red brick road) to head down to Granary Burying Ground to view some pretty famous headstones

Stop at the Omni Parker House Hotel for the original Boston Cream Pie

Follow the freedom trail bricks past the Irish Famine Memorial

For a short detour and an authentic Irish pub, pit-stop at JJ Foley’s and grab another pint

Head to the Old State House to observe where the Boston Massacre occurred and the foundation of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ was enforced through John Adams

Head right around the corner to Faneuil Hall Marketplace where you can see a bunch of street performers, along with Union Oyster House, the oldest oyster house in the country, and Bell and Hand, the oldest tavern in the US.

Be sure to go through the Holocaust Memorial in front of the bar and oyster house – it’s a moving tribute to the victims and survivors of World War II and in my opinion, one of the most emotionally impactful installations I’ve experienced

A short walk away is the North End where you can find Paul Revere House, Old North Church and Mike’s Pastry – the best pignolis Italian cookies in town

You may want to swing by Locale and grab pizza and a craft beer, it’s been a long day afterall

If you have the time and you’re feeling up for it, take the walk across the bridge to Charlestown and check out the Bunker Hill Monument

And end your day at Warren Tavern, where George Washington and Paul Revere used to take a load off

I want to hear what you think! Comment below and let me know what your favorite parts were and if I should add a place you loved.