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 456 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 $72.22

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 102 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 $67.60

Boston Beantown Trolley and Harbor Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 70 Reviews

Celebrate Boston’s history with a sightseeing tour on the Beantown Trolley, a great way to see top Boston attractions including Beacon Hill, Boston ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Varies

From USD $35.00

Boston Pizza and Taverns Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Raise a pint to the spirits of Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and George Washington as you relive more than 375 years of tavern history in Boston. This informative ...  Read more

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

From USD $49.00

Boston TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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 $25.00

Boston Bike Rental

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Explore the winding colonial streets of Boston on your own time with this 24-hour Boston bike rental. Hop on a hybrid bike (combines city and all-terrain ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Flexible

From USD $42.00

Boston Chocolate Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Love chocolate? For a sweet introduction to Boston, you won’t want to miss this Boston chocolate walking tour. Discover Boston's hidden chocolate ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2.5 or 3-hours

From USD $47.99

Boston Photography Tour: Beacon Hill

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 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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