Walking Boston  by Robert Todd Felton

Walking Boston Guide Book

by Robert Todd Felton (Wilderness Press)
Walking Boston  by Robert Todd Felton
Boston is a walker’s town. It’s as clear as the brick red path marking the Freedom Trail, the bright blue signs of the Harborwalk, and the green of the Emerald Necklace series of parks. Boston’s nearly 400-year history has led to the development of hidden neighborhoods, historic sites, and iconic parks that tempt both Bostonians and visitors out onto the sidewalks, paths, and trails lacing this close-knit city. In addition, the Big Dig project, which helped revive downtown and the waterfront by moving Interstate 93 underground, has created an energy and excitement that has driven projects like the Harborwalk and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Walking Boston offers the best of Boston’s new and old rambles. This portable guide features detailed maps, original photos, and public transportation information for every trip.

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Trails from the "Walking Boston" Guide Book
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Home to trendy boutiques and upscale shops, this buyer’s boulevard is well stocked with art, fashion, and food. Just be sure to bring all your spare change—and maybe a piece of plastic or two. Durin ...
Boston, MA - Mountain Biking,Walking - Trail Length: 2
Combining three great art collections with cheerful park strolls and a bit of history, this walk begins at the Museum of Fine Arts and wanders the paths of the Back Bay Fens, a bucolic park lining the ...
Brookline, MA - Birding,Hiking,Trail Running,Walking - Trail Length: 2.25
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It has been known by many names—the Church Street District, South Cove, and Kerry Village—but Bay Village is the name that endured. By whatever name, this 6-block neighborhood is one of Boston’s best- ...
Boston, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 1
San Francisco has Nob Hill, Manhattan has Park Avenue, and London has Belgravia—neighborhoods where heritage, architecture, and money are inextricably linked. For Boston, it’s Beacon Hill, a maze of c ...
Boston, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 2
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This walk starts at Suffolk Downs—where trainer Tom Smith discovered the famous racehorse Seabiscuit—and then explores lovely Belle Isle Marsh, with views of Winthrop Island and Logan Airport. The pat ...
Winthrop, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 2
Belmont Hill, in the town of Belmont, is one of those neighborhoods that you hear about but rarely see firsthand. At less than 5 square miles, Belmont is almost exclusively residential, with only a sm ...
Belmont, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 3.75
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Boston is nothing if not a college town. With nearly 40 colleges and universities, academic campuses are easy to come by. But Boston College is unique for its wooded hills, pleasant reservoir, and gli ...
Brookline, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 3
In the first half of the 19th century, Boston was a hotbed of cultural activity, especially for Transcendentalism, a loose set of beliefs and projects that emphasized humankind’s inherent connection t ...
Needham, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 1
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Nestled against an industrial port, Castle Island and Pleasure Bay nonetheless offer miles of pleasant beach paths with views of sailboats and windsurfers. This walk starts at a historic fort and cont ...
Boston, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 2
The Charles River separates Boston from its smarty-pants cousin Cambridge to the north. This walk bridges that gap and features some of the best of both sides. Beginning in Boston’s West End, the walk ...
Boston, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 4
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This section of the Charles River is less crowded and less showy than the Esplanade and the river basin near the Museum of Science, and it’s also more relaxing and peaceful. Perhaps because of that, t ...
Cambridge, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 3.5
When the English settlers first arrived in Massachusetts in 1629, they set up camp in Charlestown, favoring its sloped hills and ocean views. They couldn’t locate any freshwater on the peninsula, howe ...
Boston, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 3.25
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Looks can be deceiving. Boston’s Chinatown may look small, but it is the third-largest such district in the country (behind only San Francisco’s and New York City’s Chinatowns). While perhaps over ...
Boston, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 1.25
Jutting into Dorchester Bay, the University of Massachusetts Boston campus offers lovely views of the South Shore and Quincy’s Squantum neighborhood. But while the walk along the water is refreshing e ...
Boston, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
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The long, wide avenues of Boston’s Back Bay are no accident. Built on mud flats, the neighborhood was designed as a showcase for Boston’s wealth, with Commonwealth Avenue the proud centerpiece. From ...
Cambridge, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 2
This tour begins with a library, meanders through malls, and swings through a domed sanctuary called the Mother Church. From a brass hare to a glass globe, there is plenty to take in and, given the nu ...
Boston, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 2
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Call it egg-celent, or perhaps sh–tty, but this tour around Boston’s iconic wastewater-treatment plant is as rich in history, spectacular views, and pleasant walking paths as it is free of any olfacto ...
Winthrop, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 3
In the early 19th century, Boston was the undisputed cultural capital of the United States. Publishing houses, bookstores, and meeting spaces brimmed with revolutionary philosophy and radical literatu ...
Boston, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 1.25
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Once the home of shipbuilders, merchants, and a cattle ranch, East Boston is now a wonderfully vibrant multiethnic community. (It’s also the site of Boston’s Logan International Airport.) This are ...
Boston, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 3.4
Boston’s literary and cultural history may be rich, but for many Bostonians, the real historical treasure of this town is the Red Sox, whose baseball stadium just so happens to be the oldest in Americ ...
Cambridge, MA - Walking - Trail Length: 1.25
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