Hello! I hope everyone is well this late November evening! Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season is officially upon us. Unfortunately, this holiday season is definitely going to look different than most, as it’s not safe to gather indoors. But, I’m here today to share some GOOD news- something we could all use a little more of this year! I have officially resumed my title as tour guide (Fun Fact: I’ve led tours in LA & NYC), as an Experience Host for Airbnb! Say hello to Airbnb’s newest experience, my Freedom Trail History & Photo Tour!
How it started…
It all began this summer when my Dad and I walked the Freedom Trail start to finish for the first time. We’ve lived outside of Boston our entire lives, but had never done the full walk, so we spent a day doing it! It took us about 4 hours to maneuver from the Boston Common to Charlestown, taking several detours and a lunch break along the way. It was such a great way to learn more about the Revolutionary War history in my home city. I wrote a blog post about the Freedom Trail, which I’ll link here, to inspire others to do this walk. I realized that there are probably SO many locals, never mind tourists, who’ve never seen the sights on the Freedom Trail. This lit a lightbulb inside my head.
I discovered Airbnb experiences while looking for an Airbnb to stay in recently. I was SO impressed by the selection of tours offered by locals in cities all around the world. There are quite a few unique ones in Boston, including a North End Food Tour and private photo shoot session. After learning more, I thought…hey, I could do this!
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About My Freedom Trail Tour
There are already quite a few Freedom Trail tours on Airbnb’s site, but I noticed that none of them cover more than 1-2 miles of the trail and are very history focused. I wanted to create a tour that combined my love for history with my blogging favs- photography and teaching others about the world! And thus, the Freedom Trail History & Photo Tour was born!
My tour is about 3 hours long and covers about 3 miles of the Freedom Trail. We begin at the Boston Common Visitors Center, located at 139 Tremont Street, and walk all the way to Copp’s Hill Burying Ground in the North End. We cover 14/16 stops on the 2.5 mile-long Freedom Trail! The only two stops not included are the USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown because these stops are a bit too far.
Here’s a screenshot of our route that I made on Google Maps:
Faneuil Hall is our half way stop and the place where my guests are welcome to grab a bite to eat! This is optional of course, as the tour is completely outdoors, but most people like to grab something from Quincy Market. I also scheduled in an optional pastry stop at my personal favorite, Mike’s Pastry, in the North End!
Here’s a list of the stops we will visit in order:
- Boston Common
- Acorn Street – the most photographed street in Boston!
- Massachusetts State House
- Park Street Church
- Granary Burying Ground
- King’s Chapel & Burying Ground
- Boston Latin School site & Benjamin Franklin Statue
- Old Corner Bookstore
- The Old South Meeting House
- Old State House
- Boston Massacre site
- Faneuil Hall
- Mike’s Pastry
- Paul Revere House
- Old North Church
- Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
I provide historical background at each stop, along with Boston fun facts as we walk. The photo portion of this tour comes into play on Acorn Street, where I’ll take the perfect photo for your gram or FB page, and throughout the tour as I point out some of the most picturesque views in the city. I promise you’ll leave my tour with a new-found understanding of the history of Boston, some fire photos in your camera roll, and a yummy treat in your hand!
Airbnb’s COVID-19 Policies
One last thing I’d like to mention that relates to COVID-19, is that I’ve passed Airbnb’s COVID protocol briefings and have implemented their requirements onto my tour. I want everyone to feel safe and comfortable touring these next few months. These safety protocals include:
- No physical contact with guests on tour (I greet all my guests with a friendly wave!!)
- Masks must be worn at all times
- Limited group sizes of 10 or less
- Social distancing on tour
- Outdoors only (unless you opt to go inside at the food stops)
If you’re interested in signing up, which I hope you all do, you can join a tour at the link below. I have availability most days of the week between now and May 2021 on either a 10:00 – 1:00 tour (my favorite) or a 1:30 – 4:30 tour.
Whether you’re just visiting or have been a local to Boston your whole life, I hope you consider signing up! I promise you’ll learn a lot!
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