FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

American History Comes to Life Along Boston’s Freedom Trail

by Kim Foley MacKinnon

Sep 28, 2021

PHOTOS: ©FREEDOM TRAIL® FOUNDATION

September 2021

Boston is often called “America’s Walking City,” and one of its most famous attractions is the Freedom Trail, with good cause. Many Bostonians, and perhaps even some visitors, may think something so popular must be overrated, but nothing could be further from the truth. The 2.5-mile red line covering 16 of Boston’s most historic sites includes important museums, parks, churches and burying grounds.

A visitor can take any number of guided tours, but the nonprofit Freedom Trail Foundation offers some of the most comprehensive and entertaining (while also helping to preserve the official historic sites). On the group’s most popular Walk into History tour, an in-character, costumed guide in 18th-century garb leads you to 11 sites including Boston Common, King’s Chapel, Old South Meeting House, the Boston Massacre site and Faneuil Hall. The organization also leads other themed tours such as African-American Patriots, Revolutionary Women, and North End. Not only do you get a history lesson, you also get a good feel for Boston’s layout, so you can go back later and visit stores and restaurants that catch your eye along the way.

While the Freedom Trail seems like a city institution that existed forever, its origin story is pretty entertaining. Improbably enough, it was created after a columnist at a Boston newspaper in 1951 wondered in print why it was so difficult to find the city’s revolutionary historic sites. On March 8, 1951, Bill Schofield wrote, “All I’m suggesting is that we mark out a ‘Puritan Path’ or ‘Liberty Loop’ or ‘Freedom’s Way’ or whatever you want to call it, so [visitors and locals will] know where to start and what course to follow.”

Mayor John B. Hynes read the column and moved forward to create the path. Signs were put up to mark an approximately one-mile-long route from Boston Common to the North End, but it took a while for the red path as we know it now to be realized. In 1958 the red line was added, and over the years the route changed to include Charlestown and more sites. Today most people would find it difficult to imagine the city without it.

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Press Releases
Jan 27, 2023

Protected: FXExpress Traveler of the Year

FXExpress Traveler of the Year Contest 2023

75 Years Connecting the Americas

Copa Airlines is celebrating its 75th anniversary by showcasing a Boeing 737-800 NG in an aircraft livery that harkened back to the airline’s look in the 1990s. During that time, Copa Airlines launched an expansion of their network to become the Hub of the Americas®, changing the way to travel to and connect in our Continent.

Asia / Singapore
Jan 27, 2023

Bamboo Forests Inspire Singapore’s Mixed-Use Tower Project

Envisioned as one of Asia’s most sustainable skyscrapers, a proposed 63-story, mixed-use downtown development project in Singapore takes cues from bamboo forests to create an indoor-outdoor vertical community with public spaces, offices, retail, a hotel, event spaces and luxury residences.

January/February 2023
Jan 27, 2023

Slice of Paradise: Australia’s Whitsunday Islands

Australia's Whitsunday Islands are an unimaginable destination. As many screensavers or wanderlust-worthy documentaries as you may come across of the 74 continental islands off the central coast of Queensland, located within the Great Barrier Reef

Discover Seoul’s Sustainable Side

Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.

Daily
Jan 27, 2023

5 Ultimate Valentine’s Day Getaways

There’s still time to plan the ultimate Valentine’s Day getaway. Consider a trip to one of these destinations.

Daily
Jan 25, 2023

What’s New in Berlin 2023

Dynamic events in Berlin continue in 2023. Here are some noteworthy events and activities taking place in Germany’s capital city in the year ahead.

Hit the High Notes in Nashville

Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.

Daily
Jan 25, 2023

Louis Comfort Tiffany Exhibition Comes to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

Beginning Feb. 12, Sarasota’s Marie Selby Botanical Gardens presents Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature as the 2023 installment of its Jean & Alfred Goldstein exhibition series. The exhibit showcases the creativity and innovation of the iconic American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany.