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Beacon Hill
Home to the Massachusetts State House, Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood is reminiscent of 19th-century London, replete with cobbled streets and brownstone buildings bedecked with flower-filled window boxes. At night, gas lanterns flicker to life and create a romantic atmosphere for fine dining and bar-hopping. 

The Basics
Bordered by the Charles River Esplanade and the city’s vast public gardens, Beacon Hill is one of Boston’s most picturesque haunts. Wander the narrow streets and browse boutique shops on Charles Street or in stately Louisburg Square, sip coffee in a European-style café, or enjoy dinner at one of the neighborhood’s upscale restaurants. 

You can also delve into the area’s history on a walking tour of the Freedom Trail, or visit as part of a guided bike excursion. Artistically inclined visitors can capture Beacon Hill’s historic charm on a photo tour with a professional photographer, while history buffs can learn about the area’s Jewish roots on a cultural walking tour and foodies can taste pizza and local brews on a food and bar crawl.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring a camera to capture Acorn Street, one of the most-photographed streets in the United States. 
  • Walking is the best way to get around in Beacon Hill. The cobbled streets and brick sidewalks can be steep and uneven, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Most intersections are equipped with handicap-accessible ramps, but some areas may be difficult to navigate for wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Beacon Hill is located in the heart of downtown Boston, a short jaunt across the Charles River from Cambridge. Public parking is available, but you can also get here via the subway, also known as the T. The nearest airport is Boston Logan, roughly 15 minutes by road from Beacon Hill. 

When to Get There
In summer, crowds flock to the Boston Common and Charles River to stroll and sunbathe. While the weather can be hot during the day, there are plenty of spots to stop for cool refreshments. Spring and fall are also good times to visit due to milder weather. Winter visitors can enjoy holiday decorations, ice skating in the Common, and seasonal events.

Beacon Hill History
Beacon Hill earned its name when a Revolutionary War beacon was erected here to warn neighboring communities of British invaders. In 1795, Charles Bulfinch and the Mount Vernon Proprietors began to develop Beacon Hill into an elegant residential community full of picturesque streets, adjoining brick row houses, and Greek Revival–style homes. The neighborhood was also an important abolitionist center during the Civil War, and the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill’s North Slope was a hub on the Underground Railroad. Today, you can learn about the area’s historic past at the Boston Athenaeum, Nichols House Museum, and Museum of African American History. 
Address: Boston, USA
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Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Experience the best of greater Boston’s top attractions in one day on this guided sightseeing tour around the city. Visit the historic towns of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord. Then see Boston’s best spots, like Beacon Hill, the North End, the Seaport District and some of the historic locations along the Freedom Trail, including the USS ‘Constitution.’ Travel in an air-conditioned luxury coach with an expert guide who will detail the day’s events. Downtown Boston hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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City View Bike Tour - Bike the Boston Neighborhoods

Discover Boston’s top attractions on this comprehensive guided bike tour around the city. See the unique character and charm of each community up close, like the beautiful brownstones in Back Bay and the South End. Visit Boston’s historic North End, also known as Little Italy, and pedal past Copley Square, Fenway Park and Quincy Market. Cross the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile path that passes significant locations to United States history. It’s a classic tour and a great overall introduction to Boston.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Boston History & Highlights Small Group Walking Tour

Explore Boston on foot with this small group walking tour. See highlights like Boston Harbor, Custom House Tower, Faneuil Hall, and Quincy Market. Learn the true story behind the Boston Massacre, and if you’re lucky, get a glimpse of government in action at the Massachusetts State House. See Beacon Hill, the Freedom Trail, and the lovely Boston Public Garden. Rest your legs and enjoy a beer with your local guide.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Boston Beantown Trolley Tour

Easily experience the breadth of Boston by hopping on the Beantown Trolley. This narrated sightseeing tour offers several photo stops plus more than 125 points of interest along the way. See top Boston attractions like the Boston Common, Freedom Trail, Copley Square, and Fenway Park on this trolley tour through historic Boston.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private 4 hour Boston, Cambridge, Lexington and Concord sightseeing tour

Our tour begins in the City – we’ll travel the quaint back roads of Beacon Hill, visit the oldest war ship in America The Constitution, drive by famous Fenway Park, and see all the historic sites of the Freedom trail - The State House, burial grounds, The Old North Church, Faneuil Hall and the site of the Boston Massacre. And of course we’ll pass by the Famous Cheers Bar!! Then we cross the river and visit the oldest college in America- the prestigious Harvard University. Then it’s off to the beautiful communities of Lexington and Concord, visit the famous battlefields of the Revolution and learn all about “the shot heard round the world”. You’ll have a chance to visit the Minute Man National Park and walk the famous battle road.Along the way I will give you my personal insights – best restaurants, entertainment and not to miss attractions! Best of all I will do the driving and will take you places where tour buses simply can’t go! I will give you a real ‘Locals” experience!
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Tour-in-Four A four hour walking & driving city tour

For those who want more than a driving tour but not a ton of walking. (aprox. 90 minute walk)Stroll through the historic North End. Have a snack from a famous North End pastry shop. Go inside the Old North Church and see Paul Revere's house, Explore Copp's Hill Burial Ground and learn about the "Spite House", the "Brink's Job" robbery. and the Great Molasses Flood. Visit the USS Constitution, The oldest commissioned warship and go up Bunker Hill where the first organized battle of the Revolutionary war took place. Learn how the Colonists lost that battle but won at the same time. Ride through Downtown, up Beacon Hill, The Back Bay, Fenway and over to Cambridge to see Harvard & MIT. You will see the entire city in half a day. List of attractions.​Learn all about our history as well as what makes Boston such a great 21st century city.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Historic Discovery Guided Boston Mini-Bus Tour

Boston is a city rich in early American history, with legends dating back to the Revolutionary War. To uncover the city's storied past—from the Boston Tea Party to the ride of Paul Revere—no traveler should miss this history-packed packed, daylong sightseeing tour. Explore Boston, Cambridge, and Lexington, and see historic locations on the Freedom Trail. Enjoy lunch at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, at your own expense, and end your day with a visit to an old warship, the USS Constitution.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Boston Cultural All Day Tour with Local Guide

Immerse yourself in the sights, food, and history of Boston on an all-day cultural tour. The comprehensive itinerary combines three themed tours to give you the ultimate Bostonian experience. Taste Italian pastries, visit the Old State House, and so much more. Transportation by water taxi and subway allows you to traverse the city like a local. Enjoy a game of bowling or billiards free of charge, before a final waterfront view.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour

Explore elegant neighborhoods, historic streets, and American landmarks on a Boston walking tour from the Back Bay to Beacon Hill and downtown portions of the Freedom Trail. Learn about Boston’s history and culture as you stroll brownstone-lined avenues and walk the shady paths of the Boston Public Garden. Step into Boston’s Revolutionary history in the churches, cemeteries, and battlegrounds of the American struggle for independence.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour

Fans of Boston-based TV shows and movies will love this walking tour of Boston Common and Beacon Hill. Step inside the bar where ‘Cheers’ was made famous and see more than 30 filming locations for popular flicks such as ‘Good Will Hunting.’ A local actor serves as your guide and entertains with fun facts about Boston highlights.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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70-Minute Charles River Sightseeing Cruise

Experience Boston and Cambridge on a narrated morning or afternoon cruise. After boarding at Lechmere Canal Park, embark on a journey down the Charles River and check out Beacon Hill, Esplanade Park, the Back Bay, Boston University, Fenway Park, M.I.T., Harvard, and other important landmarks. Hear entertaining stories about the region from your captain and crew and enjoy a snack or drink on board.
  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

Explore Boston in a way that interests you on a private walking tour that can be customized to your preferences. You'll follow a flexible itinerary tailored to include attractions that you want to see, such as Boston Common, Freedom Trail, or Copley Square. If you don't have specific interests, you can leave the itinerary up to your guide. Either way, this is a chance to enjoy Boston's history and charm with a guide all to yourself.
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
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New York City to Boston Day Trip with Spanish Guide

Explore the best of the East Coast, from New York City to Boston, on this guided tour. Explore one of the nation's oldest cities and check out its many top attractions and landmarks, like Beacon Hill, the Freedom Trail, Harvard University, Fenway Park, Faneuil Hall, and much more. Along the way, learn about Beantown's history, architecture, and traditions from a Spanish-speaking guide.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Private 3-Hour Boston Movie and TV Tour

Discover the cinematic side of Boston on a 3-hour tour with your own private driver-guide. See the filming sites for movies and TV shows such as 'Mystic River,' 'Good Will Hunting,' and 'Cheers' in a deluxe private vehicle. Drive through the West End, North Boston, South Boston, Beacon Hill, and downtown Boston, and pass landmarks like the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden. Includes private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Bostonian luxury shopping experience

During this tour, we will discover the best spots to shop in Boston with the guidance of a travel and fashion expert. We will start by meeting outside a famous café in Downtown Crossing, one of the most popular pedestrian malls in Boston. After sipping a complimentary hot beverage in here, we will get going and visit some of the most iconic shops in this area with regards to fashion and souvenirs in here and right after, in Beacon Hill, the perfect place in the city to shop for antiques and vintage fashion stores. Afterwards, we will visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a lively historical spot featuring live street performers, bars, restaurants, and lots of stores and fashion boutiques. We will continue our tour in here, and head afterwards towards Newbury Street to do some shopping (or window shopping) at some of the most exclusive stores in the city. We will say goodbye in here, but before, you will receive a complimentary secret
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Pro-Photoshoot in Historic Boston or Cambridge, Massachusetts

An urban style photoshoot in historic Boston! Let me take you to my favorite locations: -Copley Square -Newbury St. -Public Gardens -Beacon Hill We will walk through this historic landmarks and we will explore the area while I take the best photos of your trip. We will walk a lot, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes. In about 48 hours after the end of the photo session​,​ you will get an email with a link to your digital gallery with your edited images so you can download them on your computer or laptop and share your memories with friends and family. You can also print your photos in your preferred​ printing shop and showcase the images of your vacation in Boston in your living room, your office or just post them on your social media!!!!​ Note: if you have a special request related to a specific time of day, location and or a big group, please do not hesitate to write me and let me know about it, I will work with you to have your photo-needs happen.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private 2 hour Evening Sightseeing Tour of Boston

Welcome to Boston - one of the most fascinating, vibrant and beautiful cities in the world! Sit back and relax in comfort and enjoy all the great historic and cultural sites of this city tour. Best of all I will take you were the tour buses can't go. We'll travel the back roads and the unique places. Enjoy quaint Beacon Hill, see the oldest war ship in America The Constitution, view famous Fenway Park, and the historic sites of the Freedom trail – Paul Revere’s house, The State House, the colonial burial grounds, The Old North Church, Faneuil Hall and The Old State House. Of course we’ll pass by the Famous Cheers Bar!! And best of all I will give you a real "locals" experience and share personal insights – best pizza in the North End, unique bars in the city, where to get a true lobster roll, best outdoor dining, music venues, local brew pubs, ½ price theatre tickets, and the “not to miss” little known attractions! I love the city of Boston and I want you to love it too!
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Two Hour Driving Boston City Tour

Welcome to Boston - one of the most fascinating, vibrant and beautiful cities in the world! Sit back and relax in comfort and enjoy all the great historic and cultural sites of this city tour. Best of all I will take you were the tour buses can't go. We'll travel the back roads and the unique places. Enjoy quaint Beacon Hill, see the oldest war ship in America The Constitution, view famous Fenway Park, and the historic sites of the Freedom trail – Paul Revere’s house, The State House, the colonial burial grounds,The Old North Church, Faneuil Hall and The Old State House. Of course we’ll pass by the Famous Cheers Bar!! And best of all I will give you a real "locals" experience and share personal insights – best pizza in the North End, unique bars in the city, where to get a true lobster roll, best outdoor dining, music venues, local brew pubs, ½ price theatre tickets, and the “not to miss” little known attractions! I love the city of Boston and I want you to love it too!
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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