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You can follow the route on your own with a free brochure, or you can tour and learn about these sites with a professional guide, on a Boston Freedom Trail to Copley Square Walking Tour.

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Official site: www. A scenic two-mile walk along the shore, over rock ledges that slope to the sea, begins just past The Emerson Inn , a beautiful historic hotel overlooking the sea on Cathedral Avenue in Rockport, and continues to Halibut Point State Park. Here, you will find 2. An interpretive trail explains the quarry's operation and the fascinating history of this point. Granite quarried and cut here was used for paving stones and to build Boston's Custom House Tower. You can learn more about Halibut Point's and Cape Ann's granite quarrying and natural history at the visitor center and museum.

Birders will like this park, with its rocky coast covered in bayberry and shad, good habitats for small birds. The Atlantic Path continues from the far side of the park. The gentle hills and rocky shorelines of acre World's End, 15 miles from the city on the south shore, has something for everyone: hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, canoeing, birding, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Like the harbor islands, the hills of World's End are drumlins, left by retreating glaciers, which also scraped bare the granite ledges that are now covered in blueberry bushes and cedar. Trails skirt saltwater marshes and cross woodlands and meadows that are important habitats for birds and native plants.

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From its hills and shore are views of the Boston skyline , and winding through the park under a canopy of trees are carriage lanes designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. These carriage paths and walking trails combine to create 4. Boston and Cambridge share the Charles River, which flows in a wide band between them. On each side is a green strip with walking and cycling paths that make good loops, thanks to the well-spaced bridges.

The best view of the Boston skyline is from the MIT shore, with the river as a foreground, dotted with sailboats. Various local trail networks join, leave, and intersect the trails along the river. The portions of the riverside paths on the Boston end are heavily used by cyclists, rollerbladers, and runners, so walkers need to be alert and stay to one side to avoid annoying encounters.

For less traffic and more nature, head for the suburban riverside paths. You'll have immediate access to the riverside path from the Royal Sonesta Boston , overlooking the Charles River in Cambridge, next to the Museum of Science. Guests can ride alongside the river on the hotel's complimentary bicycles. While the south side of Beacon Hill is known for its rows of stately brick homes of Boston's elite old families, the north slope has long been a neighborhood of immigrants, including a sizable African American population that dates to the early s.

You'll get even more of a picture with a visit to the African Meeting House , the oldest church built by and for Black Americans, restored to its appearance to house the Museum of Afro-American History. More exhibits are in the Abiel Smith School , America's first public grammar school for African American children. The tour is self-guided, or you can join a National Park Service Ranger on a free guided tour from April through November. Almost unknown to any but those who live nearby, the acre Breakheart lies along a wild section of the Saugus River, north of Boston.

Inside its hardwood forest are two lakes and seven hills, rocky outcrops just over feet in height, but high enough above the woods for views of Boston and southern New Hampshire. Hiking trails circle both lakes, border the river, and form loops throughout the park. The riverbanks are popular with birders. In the summer, the park may be crowded with swimmers at the lake beaches, but even then you're likely to have its trails to yourself. Borrowing "rides," the English term for a carriage path, Appleton Farms' grassy foot paths were originally bridle paths, and five of them converge like spokes of a wheel at the "Roundpoint," a clearing with a large granite pinnacle in the center.

This and three other stone pinnacles were given to the Appletons, whose gentleman farm this was, when the old Harvard library was torn down. The family had long-standing ties with Harvard. In addition to the Grass Rides, Appleton Farms maintains six miles of footpaths, bridle paths, and farm roads open to walkers and equestrians the latter by permit. Appleton Farms Grass Rides includes a mix of forest, fields, and wetlands, which were once more extensive than they are today, but were drained by early farmers. You'll see examples of skilled stonework in the bridges and culverts around the property.

The wetlands here are spring feeding stops for migrating marsh birds and migrating hawks in the fall. The extensive grasslands are home to one of New England's largest bobolink and meadowlark populations. Visit the working farm to gather bread and cheese at the dairy store for a picnic. Antique lovers will enjoy staying at the Rogers and Brown House Bed and Breakfast in Ipswich for its fine collection of antique furnishings and folk art.

With 2, acres of rocky, hilly terrain, the Middlesex Fells attract serious hikers, as well as walkers out for a stroll in the woods. The former will find a demanding five-hour hike on the seven-mile Skyline Trail , across a boulder-strewn terrain of woods and ponds, with repeated climbs and descents. The main trail leaves Bellevue Pond, where white blazes lead up Pine Hill, topped by an observation tower with sweeping views across the reservation to Boston.

Head north from the tower, following blazes on the rocks. More than miles of trails lead through the reservation, revealing meadows; ponds; Wright's Tower; and Virginia Wood, site of a vanished mill village called Haywardville.

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Here, you'll find an interpretive trail through the hemlock forest describing its history. The park reveals a lot more local history, of timbering, quarries, ice harvesting, and water that powered local mills. A trail map, available at the visitors center, will direct you to trails that include the Rock Circuit and Crystal Springs loops in the eastern Fells and to the Cross Fells Trail that traverses the whole property. Allow more than four hours for the 3.

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The tallest mountain near Boston, at a height of 2, feet, Mount Wachusett is popular with skiers in the winter and hikers the rest of the year. On clear days, the view extends to Mt. At the bottom you will have to cross a river, but it is usually not much more than ankle deep.

If you are starting this climb from Landmannalaugar, be careful to stay on the main path that comes right around to the back of the mountain, as the first smaller turning to the right is very steep. From the higher slopes and both of the peaks, you will have an amazing view of the landscape all around Landmannalaugar; the nearby creme-caramel coloured mountains, Barmur and even several glaciers in the distance on a very clear day.

I have also written about the 15km Skalli hike. You should buy a day pass to use the facilities and check the most current advice. There is always a possibility that some of the paths though probably not the Laugahraun Loop may be closed; this is usually for the protection of plants or your own safety.

Please carefully stick to the paths in order to save the area's fragile ecosystem. Do not leave litter or toilet paper anywhere. You should always buy a day hike map at the Information Office. Unlike many you will find online, the paths are marked in the correct colours according to the markers on the route. The amount of snow on the ground, fog, wind and rain are all important factors to consider.

Check the forecast before you leave as Ladmannalaugar is miserable in the rain. Everything is unpredictable, but you can expect June to be more difficult with snow and most of it melting through July and August.

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Even day visitors should arrive well prepared with hiking boots, waterproof jacket and trousers, gloves, hat and layered clothing preferably not jeans. Charge your phone and camera batteries before you arrive and do not forget a water bottle you can drink the water from the taps. The F from the north is the only road in without river crossings, but it is only allowed in a 4x4.

Check here for officially open and closed roads , but bear in mind that just because it is open it does not mean it is safe for you or your car. June Snow in Vondugil - mid June.

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Vondugil - August. Landmannalaugar and Barmur behind - from the lava field. Landmannalaugar - the river leading to the hot pools a very sunny day in July. Looking back at the path leaving Landmannalaugar into the lava field.

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Barmur behind the lava field looking back towards Landmannalaugar. Brennisteinsalda behind the lava field.

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Brennisteinsalda and the edge of the lava field late June. Snow slope at the end of June. Geothermal vents near Brennisteinsalda. Kjaftalda from Landmannalaugar.