Boston is one of the few cities in the US that offer an ultimate historical experience. With its fascinating architecture and chic yet peaceful urban environment, this city of wonders will surely entice every discriminating tourist. “Founded in 1630, Boston is one of America’s oldest cities… and is the largest city in New England. [Boston] is often referred to as the “Cradle of Liberty” for its role in instigating the American Revolution in the late 18th century” (Bunker Hill College: 2011). “With more than 12 million annual visitors from across the country and around the globe, indeed it would be interesting to discover how Boston, a city of cultural history, persuades the diverse needs and expectations of today’s tourists (City of Boston: 2011). Currently, many of the younger generation prefer a more adventurous type of tourism as many of them find cultural history as unexciting and laid-back. As a result, many of the today’s cultural tourism sites have done some commodification, like making museums more interactive, to meet the younger market’s demands. Hence, this paper will explore how Boston’s historical freedom trail and its assets preserve and integrate Boston and America’s humble beginning, and how some of its assets lack thorough materials and commodification that are necessary to meet the demands of visitors who does not have knowledge about American history. On the positive side, several assets of the freedom trail incorporate modern commodification to bring back memories from the past in a very creative way that even foreign visitors and the younger generation will appreciate. This paper will also mention the other neighboring assets like Quincy market and Haymarket that somehow intensify the goal of the freedom trail, which is to promote and preserve Boston and New England’s cultural history. Beginning the Trail
For an international student who has a limited knowledge about the history of Boston, visiting the freedom trail was difficult. Though, for a person who believes that traveling can turn an ignorant into a wise man, nothing seems impossible. The first stop, which is Boston Common, is also the most accessible since it is located just across the Boylston subway station. Although according to some brochures, several guided tours start at the Cambridge side where the USS constitution is located. If a tourist decides to take the tour wherein a guide will thoroughly explain what is behind the freedom trail—it can cost between: $12 to $19. Though having a tour guide sounds handy, for an adventurous traveler, relying on a map and brochure might sound more interesting. Some might think that Friday afternoon would be the best time to visit the freedom trail—lesser tourists and less busy streets. Though it seemed like an ordinary day at the park, what showed up last Friday September 30, 2011 at the Boston common are scattered crowds of local Bostonian workers who were protesting for their labor rights. As a result, tourists who intend to visit the Boston common gazebo ended up being dispersed by the chaotic sound and situation all over the area. The Boston common, which some suggest is the best place to start the freedom trail, is also where the tourist information center is located. The tourist center is a building where visitors can ask for free freedom trail maps and booklets that contain a brief description of each asset. Unfortunately, the tourist center is closed due to renovation, nonetheless tourists can ask for maps and brochures from small merchants around the area. The fact that red bricks connect the freedom trail, one can do the trail even without a map. However, in reality Boston is an old city that has millions of red bricks on the field, hence it would be helpful to the tourists if the local tourism department will provide more visible signs that will point the tourist onto the next asset. The Granary Burying Ground
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