As one of the oldest city in the United States, Massachusetts is brimming with history waiting to be discovered and there are plenty of things to do in Boston.
Considered to be one of the most important cities during the American Revolution, Boston served as the site where crucial events, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, Siege of Boston, and the Battle of Bunker Hill, took place during the American Revolution, ultimately determining the future of America.
It is apparent, then, that many of Boston’s attractions involve some kind of historical flashback and offer an educational perspective to their visitors.
The Bunker Hill Monument is one such attraction where visitors are taken back in time to 1755, when the ill-equipped American colonists stood facing the powerful British forces at Breed’s Hill. “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes” was the renowned command uttered by Colonel William Prescott in order to ensure the accuracy of the shots fired by his soldiers. Although the Americans ultimately lost the battle, they greatly surprised the British by repelling two major assaults and inflicting great number of casualties on the opposing force.
Today, to commemorate the first major battle of the American Revolution, a 221-foot granite obelisk stands at this site and serves to be one of the major attractions in Boston. There are no elevators to get to the top. However, those who persevere to climb its 294-steps to the pinnacle are rewarded with an amazing panoramic view of the city.