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Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

Local Attractions: 
    Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
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Local Attractions

Guests at the Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, can step out the front door and onto the Freedom Trail, one of the best ways to explore Boston's rich history. With Faneuil Hall in our back yard and the famous food of the North End just a few minutes away, the Ames Boston Hotel is central to all Boston has to offer.

Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long (4.0 km) path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Marked largely with brick, it winds between Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. Stops along the trail include simple explanatory ground markers, graveyards, notable churches and buildings, and a historic naval frigate. While most of the sites are free or suggest donations, the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, and the Paul Revere House charge admission. The Freedom Trail is overseen by the City of Boston's Freedom Trail Commission and is supported in part by grants from various nonprofits and foundations, private philanthropy, and Boston National Historical Park.

The Freedom Trail was originally conceived by local journalist William Schofield, who in 1951 suggested building a pedestrian trail to link together important local landmarks. Boston mayor John Hynes decided to put Schofield's idea into action. By 1953, 40,000 people were walking the trail annually. The National Park Service operates a visitor's center on the first floor of Faneuil Hall, where they offer tours, give out free maps of the Freedom Trail and other historic sites, and sell books about Boston and United States history.

Faneuil Hall
Faneuil Hall is located near the waterfront and today's Government Center in Boston, Massachusetts. It has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1743. It was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis, and others encouraging independence from Great Britain. Now it is part of Boston National Historical Park and a well-known stop on the Freedom Trail. It is sometimes referred to as "the Cradle of Liberty." In 2008, Faneuil Hall was rated number four in America's 25 Most Visited Tourist Sites by Forbes Traveler.

North End
The North End has the distinction of being the city's oldest residential community, where people have continuously inhabited since it was settled in the 1630s. Though small, only 0.36 square miles (0.93 km2), the neighborhood has nearly one hundred establishments and a variety of tourist attractions. It is known for its Italian American population and fine Italian restaurants. The district is a pending Boston Landmark.


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