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    Beacon Hill: itinerary to discover the most picturesque district of Boston

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    Among the many American cities, Boston has a charm that is difficult to resist and much of the attraction it exerts on visitors is to be found in its characteristic neighborhoods, dense grids with narrow streets, cobbled lanes, gas lamps and brick buildings. walking through them makes you think you have been suddenly catapulted into a painting. Among these, the neighborhood par excellence is certainly Beacon Hill, where a walk is a must for anyone visiting Boston.

    So here we are to discover this district: its most interesting streets and the numerous historical sites that characterize it, without neglecting some culinary tips and accommodation. Let's start with the borders:


    • Where is Beacon Hill located?
    • What to see in Beacon Hill
      • Streets and squares
      • Main historical sites
    • Beacon Hill Restaurants
    • How to find accommodation in the neighborhood

    Where is Beacon Hill located?

    Beacon Hill Map

    The neighborhood enjoys a perfect location, within walking distance of Downtown and on the border (south) with the green zone consisting of the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common parks, but that's not all: on the west side Beacon Hill is bordered by the Esplanade, a pleasant "green strip" on the Charles River where you can take pleasant walks in open area or watch live performances from DCR's Hatch Memorial Shell. In short, we are talking not only about an essential attraction to visit but also a beautiful neighborhood to live in.

    The streets that delimit Beacon Hill are:

    • Beacon Street (sud)
    • Somerset Street (east)
    • Cambridge Street (north)
    • Charles River (ovest)

    What to see in Beacon Hill

    Streets and squares

    • Acorn Street: this narrow and small alley is the most photographed street in the whole city: if you have ever done some research on Boston it is difficult that you have not stumbled upon this narrow alley, with red brick walls, a dangling American flag, street lamps and the cobbled ground (among other things, it is one of the few streets with original paving, dating back to "old Boston"). You can walk down the alley in no time but to photograph it from all angles and perspectives you will need more time, especially if (which is very likely) you find other “experienced photographers” on the spot.
    • charles street: it is the main street of Beacon Hill, which cuts the neighborhood into 2 and which is accessed from the city parks area (Boston Public Garden and Boston Common). A pleasant walk among the brick houses, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and shops of all kinds. A real gateway to the neighborhood, Beacon Hill couldn't give you a better welcome
    • Beacon Street: this is the artery that divides the neighborhood from the park area. A pleasant walk along one side of the terraced houses that mark the entrance to Beacon Hill and on the other the beautiful green area of ​​Boston. Along the way you will meet numerous points of interest such as Cheers, the bar of the famous TV series, Massachusetts State House, legislative seat of the State, Boston Foundation Monument, bronze bas-relief commemorating the birth of the city, Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw/54th Regiment Memorial, another bas-relief this time dedicated to the Union's first regiment of African-American volunteers under the command of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw.
    • Louisburg Square: an enchanting square characterized by a green park, climbing plants, lampposts and cobbled pavement, to be visited especially on sunny days, when the chromatic contrast between the red of the bricks of the houses and the surrounding greenery is particularly enhanced. There is nothing special here other than the chance to immerse yourself for a moment in the lifestyle of one of the most exclusive residential areas in Boston.
    Acorn Street, Photo Credit
    charles street
    Louisburg Square
    Beacon Street

    Main historical sites

    African Meeting House

    The streets of Beacon Hill, in addition to being a sight in itself, are dotted with historic sites and hidden gems. In the past, many political and revolutionary leaders active in the abolition of slavery have lived here and many of their homes have been preserved or turned into museums. In the past the neighborhood served as a meeting point for many African Americans and all the testimonies that have come down to us now form a themed path called Black Heritage Trail. Here is a list of the main places of interest:

    • George Middleton House: house from 1787 that belonged to an African American colonel who fought during the War of Independence, not open to visitors inside.
    • Massachusetts State House: Massachusetts seat of government and part of the Freedom Trail. The structure can be visited both independently and through guided tours.
    • Phillips School: 1834th century school, built in XNUMX. Not open to the public.
    • Nichols House Museum: house from 1804, where activist Rose Standish Nichols lived. The house is very well preserved and allows you to take a real leap into the past, which makes you imagine the lifestyle of this neighborhood in the nineteenth century; it can be visited only with guided tours that are held from 11 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon.
    • African Meeting HouseAbiel Smith School: the oldest African-American church preserved in the States to date (built in 1806) and the first school for blacks (1835, now transformed into a museum) are both open to visitors and provide an insight into the life of the African American community in this neighborhood during the nineteenth century.
    • Lewis and Harriet Hayden House: house that in the 50s served as a meeting point for groups of abolitionists. Not open to visitors.
    • Otis House Museum: this 1796 house that has now become a museum is located just outside the boundaries of the neighborhood, on Cambridge Street (technically it would be in the West End neighborhood). This is the first of the 3 houses that belonged to Mayor Harrison Gray Otis, still perfectly preserved; it can be visited with guided tours that take place every half hour.
    Massachusetts State House
    George Middleton House Photo Credit
    Nichols House Museum
    Otis House
    Phillips School
    Lewis and Harriet Hayden House Photo Credit

    Beacon Hill Restaurants

    The famous Cheers

    As mentioned, the main restaurants and diners are located on Charles Street, the main artery of the district, but there are also some on the northern border, on Cambridge Street. Here are some tips on this:

    • The Paramount (44 Charles Street): informal place where you can gorge yourself on American cuisine, particularly recommended for breakfasts and brunches. The queue to enter is often long so put your soul in peace and get ready to savor pancakes with maple syrup and bacon and caramelized banana toast.
    • Cheers (84 Beacon Street): this famous pub on Beacon Street is the one used for the series of the same name, of which inside you will find numerous references and memorabilia. The cuisine is typical American, it is the right place to sip a beer at the counter in the company of a good hamburger
    • My house (272 Cambridge Street): at the north end of the neighborhood, off-center from the heart of Beacon Hill, lovers of French cuisine will find an interesting restaurant with an intimate atmosphere and refined dishes.

    How to find accommodation in the neighborhood

    Choosing Beacon Hill as an area for accommodation is a great idea, given the centrality of the area and the proximity to attractions, as well as the excellent transport links and the possibility of living for a few days as a Bostonian in one of the most fascinating and exclusive neighborhoods of the city. . If you want to try this experience you can read our targeted advice on finding an accommodation in Beacon Hill, if instead you are more interested in an overview of the best neighborhoods and recommended accommodation to visit Boston click on the button below to read our guide:

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