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True, Beacon Hill may be home to the Massachusetts State House, the crown jewel of the neighborhood and focal point of politics in the Commonwealth, but the real appeal of this prestigious neighborhood lies in it beauty. Gas lanterns illuminate the cobblestone streets, while distinguished brick town houses come decked with purple windowpanes and blooming flowerboxes.

Beacon Hill’s residential streets are reminiscent of London, and streets such as stately Louisburg Square indeed capture the grandeur that was intended. Charles Street, Beacon Hill’s charming commercial thoroughfare, is Boston’s most enchanting spot for browsing boutiques, haggling over antiques, or sipping a steaming cappuccino at one of the European-styled cafes. Stay for a fine dinner, made all the more romantic when it is enjoyed in such a delightful setting.

Boston Common, the country’s oldest park, lies on its south end. Wander freely across this stately town green, crisscrossed with walking paths and dotted with monuments; tour the State House with its gold dome towers; wander amid the exhibits at the Museum of Afro-American History; or see the impressive tomes at the Boston Athenaeum. Or just spend an afternoon marveling at the elegant row houses or strolling along the Charles River Esplanade.

Practical Info

Beacon Hill extends north to Cambridge Street and west to the Charles River. The granite blocks of Suffolk University dominate the rest of the eastern end. The West End neighborhood lies north and Downtown and the Waterfront lies east. The MBTA subway, or the T, services the area with a number of stations, enabling you to visit a variety of sites.

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Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 148 Reviews

Experience the very best of Boston in one day on this fully narrated sightseeing tour of the area's major sights. First, journey through the historic towns of ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.00

Boston Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Cruise through Boston on a Segway for a fun, unique way to see the sights. On the 1-hour tour, explore the Boston Harborwalk, Boston Common, Rose Fitzgerald ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 1 hour or 2 hours

From USD $60.00

Boston Super Saver: Cambridge, Lexington and Concord Tour plus Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 8 Reviews

Experience the best of the Boston area by combining a tour of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord and a 2-day Boston hop-on hop-off trolley. Delve into the ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Coach tour: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)


Trolley tour: Varies

From USD $65.60

Guided Bike Tour of Boston

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

Discover Boston’s famous sites and hidden treasures on this 2.5 to 3-hour guided bike tour – a perfect way to explore the city! Start at Little Italy in ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2.5-hrs to 3-hrs

From USD $52.50

Boston TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour

Tour the Boston Common and Beacon Hill areas and visit more than 30 movie locations on this captivating movie and TV walking tour! This tour is a must for film ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.99

Small-Group Boston Brahmin Walking Tour in Beacon Hill

Take a guided walking tour through Beacon Hill and Boston Common, learning about the elite group of upper-crust residents known as the Boston Brahmin, whose ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.29

Boston Photography Tour: Beacon Hill

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Enjoy a photography tour of Boston’s upscale Beacon Hill neighborhood. Brimming with historical character and charm, this area offers endless stunning sites ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00

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