Although I've lived in Boston three years now, I'm pretty embarrassed to say that I haven't explored Charlestown at all. During Thanksgiving last week, my friends and I decided to go climb the Bunker Hill Monument to tick off another thing on my college bucket list! The 294 steps are a fairly good workout, but the views from the top are worth it.
While exploring around Charlestown, the oldest and arguably the most historic neighborhood in Boston, we came across so many colorful homes along Main Street! We also walked past the USS Constitution Museum, but didn't have the time to stop in although I'm sure I'll eventually be back since walking the Freedom Trail is also on my bucket list!
Who: Everyone— history buffs in particular
What: Climb all 294 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument (on my College Bucket List for quite some time!), the obelisk monument built to honor one of the most iconic battles of the American Revolution in June 17th, 1775
(Fun Fact: the monument was rededicated 149 years later on my birthday in 1994!)
Stroll down Main Street Charlestown, a cute street with colorful houses and nearby Warren Tavern, the oldest tavern in Boston visited by George Washington and Paul Revere.
Where: Charlestown, Massachusetts, oldest neighborhood of Boston on the banks of the Boston Harbor and Mystic River // Home to the famous Bunker Hill Monument as well as the end of the Freedom Trail, USS Constitution (ship), and USS Constitution Museum.
Wear: Your brightest, colorful,attire if want to blend in with the colorful houses on Main Street, of course!
When: Any season— Just take the T to North Station and walk across the Charlestown Bridge.
Why: This is one of those all-american adventures you should do once to make your country (and 8th grade American history teacher) proud.
Tyro Tip: Take your camera to take a photo of the Boston Skyline from the top of the monument.