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Beacon Hill, Massachusetts, United States

Boston City View Bike Route

This tour allows you to pedal from the Italian North End and historic Beacon Hill, up to Fenway park, and beyond.

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 9.6 miles / 15.5 km
Duration: 1-3 hours
 
Overview: This tour allows you to pedal from the Italian North End and historic Beacon Hill, up to Fenway park, heart of Red Sox Nation, and through modern and dynamic Back Bay. Riders will see parts of Boston off the beaten path and experience the diversity of Boston’s contemporary and classic neighborhoods.

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Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park

The first stop of the City Tour, is the lovely Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. Located on the harbor and directly in front of our shop (and Mr. Christopher Columbus did not discover the park).
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Copps Hill in the North End

On the way to the Copps Hill Burying Ground, you'll pass the Old North Church where upon instructions from Paul Revere, Robert Newman hung lanterns to alert the Patriots that the British were coming!

First stop: Copp's Hill Burying Ground. The burying ground is the second oldest in Boston and named after William Copp, who previously owned the land. Looking out across the water you can see the Charlestown Navy Yard which houses what appears to be a pirate ship.

The pirate ship is actually the USS Constitution. The ship was built in 1797 and has fought in three wars. The first was the Barbary War where the ship protected American merchants from pirates in the Mediterranean. The second war was the infamous War of 1812 between the United States of America and the British Empire. The third was the deadliest war in American history, the American Civil war. In conclusion to the civil war slavery was abolished and the Confederacy ended. The ship was never defeated in the forty plus battles it participated in.

Also across the river to the left of the Navy Yard, is a very egyptian-looking obelisk. Standing at 221 feet tall on Breed's Hill, the Bunker Hill Monument commemorates the first major battle between the Patriots and the British during the Revolutionary War.
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TD Garden and Zakim Bridge

See the beautifully designed, world’s widest cable-stayed bridge ever built which is also the first to use an asymmetrical design. While at the stop, see the TD Banknorth Garden home of the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, and the Boston Blazers. Also an arena for major concerts for major bands and artists.

On Commercial street, (the street you crossed to get to this stop) is where the great Molasses Flood of 1919 took place. In this tragic flood, 21 people died and hundreds of folks were injured. I am sure that this mess took forever to clean up.
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Beacon Hill and Louisberg Square

See, John Kerry, our State Senator's house tucked into the most expensive neighborhood in Boston.

Louisberg Square was built in the 1840s. Both Beacon Hill and Louisberg Square have been the most sought after neighborhoods to live in Boston, resulting in some pretty famous residents. Other than Senator Kerry, Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women has also lived in this area.
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Charles River Esplanade

At this scenic spot, gaze out at the famous Charles River. Looking over the river to Cambridge, to the right you can spot part of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Farther to the right, you'll witness the Museum of Science. And within the park that is behind you, is the dome shaped, outdoor concert venue, the Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell. Also known as the Hatch Shell, this building is used as an outdoor concert venue, most notably by the Boston Pops' performance on the Fourth of July.
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Harvard Bridge

Also known as the MIT bridge, this bridge connects the Back Bay of Boston to Cambridge. Crossing into Cambridge you land into the heart of the MIT campus.
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Boston University

See why people refer to Boston as a "college town" by touring part of Boston University's campus. Notice that there are Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) stops named after the university, no doubt because it is one of the largest private universities in all of the United States.
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Fenway Park

Peanuts! Peanuts! Get your Peanuts! Behold the world famous baseball park, home of the Boston Red Sox and Green Monster! Fenway Park was built in 1912 and is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium still in use. After venturing down Yawkey Way to see the stadium, take a roll down Lansdowne Street to see some of the many bars, clubs and music venues that keeps the Fenway area full of life.
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Museum of Fine Arts

Founded in 1870, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is one of the largest museums in the United States. The museum contains over 450,000 works, with art of all forms and centuries from all over the world!
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Christian Science Plaza and Reflecting Pool

The First Church of Christ Scientist (not to be confused with the Church of Scientology) was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879 and is based on the healing power of faith. This is a perfect location for the quintessential photo-op of the picturesque Reflecting Pool and Prudential Tower.
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South End

Most buildings in this area were built between 1840-1860 before the influx of people moved over to the Back Bay area. The South End is also known for its great restaurants and bars.
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Copley Square

Where is all of Boston's knowledge stored? Well in the Boston Public Library of course! In stark contrast to the modern stores dotting the square, you'll also see the Venetian Gothic style Old South Church and one of the ten most beautiful buildings in the United States, as voted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Trinity Church. Just a street over is the infamous shopping center known as Newbury Street.
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Boston Common

The Boston Public Gardens, established in 1837 by philanthropist Horace Gray is an excellent place to appreciate the aesthetic and calming qualities of nature. Just across the street is the Boston Common, Boston's central public park. The Common dates back to 1634, making it one of the oldest city parks in the United States.
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Old South Meeting House

The Old South Meeting House was built in 1729 and was the largest meeting space during the Revolutionary era. In the same area you'll find the Old State House, built in 1713, stands as the oldest British public house in North America and the site of the Boston Massacre in March 1770. Just around the corner to these very historic sites is one of Boston's shopping districts, Downtown Crossing.
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Long Wharf

And to finish this grand tour is the Long Wharf. Built in 1710 the original wharf was a third of a mile long and reached the shore line in front of Faneuil Hall. Extending so far into the ocean, the wharf allowed for larger ships to dock, load and unload directly. In the 1860s Atlantic Avenue was constructed cutting through the the Long Wharf and many others wharfs, changing the area and dynamics of the waterfront.
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