Bridges and Esplanades along the Charles River, Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

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For a great cinematic view of Boston take a ride over the Charles River on the Red Line across the Longfellow Bridge between Kendall Square and Charles Street Stations. The train accelerates as it leaves the station to meet the rising curve of the bridge, and the short spell of darkness in the subway tunnel dissolves on a sunny day in a flash of blue sky and open water. This walk takes a longer look at the views of the Lower Charles from a succession of vantage points along the bridge. It encompasses what appears to be one of the most visible and carefully preserved natural features of Boston. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. In the mid–nineteenth century the shallow basin was lined with tenements and industries; at low tide it was a vast expanse of noisome, sewage-laden mud flats.
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by Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

For a great cinematic view of Boston take a ride over the Charles River on the Red Line across the Longfellow Bridge between Kendall Square and Charles Street Stations. The train accelerates as it leaves the station to meet the rising curve of the bridge, and the short spell of darkness in the subway tunnel dissolves on a sunny day in a flash of blue sky and open water.

This walk takes a longer look at the views of the Lower Charles from a succession of vantage points along the bridge. It encompasses what appears to be one of the most visible and carefully preserved natural features of Boston. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. In the mid–nineteenth century the shallow basin was lined with tenements and industries; at low tide it was a vast expanse of noisome, sewage-laden mud flats.

©  Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Boston
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
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Apr 2018