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Visiting Boston but don't have much time to take in all the sights? Not a problem. Like any city, Boston has its must-sees and save-for-laters. What's important is how you use the time you have when you're in Boston, not about how much you can cram in.
For Boston visitors on a cramped timeframe, make sure to leave yourself at least an hour or two to walk the Freedom Trail. You'll recognize the Freedom Trail by it's red (mostly brick) path that winds through downtown Boston.
The 2.5-mile path starts at Boston Common and leads to the USS Constitution in Charlestown, passing by 16 historic sites. As you walk the path, you'll find ground markers highlighting the significant event that took place at graveyards, churches, meeting houses, marketplaces and parks along the way.
You can grab a map of the Freedom Trail from any historic point along the path or at the State House, located just on the crest of Boston Common.
As "touristy" as this sounds, I'm a firm believe that the best way to get to know a city quickly is by taking a guided tour. New York and London have double-decker bus tours, in Chicago you can take in the architecture by boat, and in Boston we've got the best of both worlds: The Duck Tour.
The "amphibious" vehicle will take you to around Boston by both land and river. You'll start the tour by seeing some of the city's top sights from the street, driving past landmarks like the TD Banknorth Garden and the historic Capitol Building on Beacon Hill. Then, the tour plunges into the Charles River, for a scenic view of both Boston and Cambridge.
If you've got extra time on your trip, go back and visit the places that pique your interest!