The Appian Way is an ancient road, built of paving blocks. It is located in Rome and was built in 312 BC for the purpose of transporting military supplies. It is called the “Queen of Roads” because it has lasted so long.
The Ancient Appian was Rome’s gateway to the East before modern streets and highways were built. It was a straight line to the important town of Capua and then stretched on 400 miles to Brindisi where Roman ships sailed to Egypt and Greece.
Tourists come to admire the Ancient Appian Way and to take a step back in time. The road can be accessed by bike, on foot, and parts of it by car.
Tips: Try to visit on a Sunday when the park is closed to vehicle traffic.
The Spainish Steps climb from Piazza di Spagna to the Trinita dei Monti. They were constucted in 1723 by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi. This is a very popular photo spot for tourists so expect it to be very busy. Climb the 135 steps to the top to get a nice view of the surrounding piazza.
Mission San Diego de Alcala
Monday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
The Alamo is located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a Spanish mission which was built in 1718 and is the location where the Battle of the Alamo was fought between Mexican troops and Texans and Texas immigrants in 1836. The battle lasted 13 days ending in the defeat of the Texan army but the outcome would provide a rallying cry for the fight for independence.
Today, the Alamo is toured by visitors from all around the world. You are able to walk inside the church mission and you can stroll around the grounds too. The Long Barrack where the army officers slept can be viewed as well.
A guided tour or an audio tour are available for a small fee.
Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of Florence, Italy. It is a beautiful building that overlooks the gallery of statues. The Palazzo Vecchio is built on top of an ancient Roman theater that was once part of the Roman colony of Florentia. You can purchase tickets to view the ruins.
Inside the Palazzo, there are many famous paintings. A microcosm in the palace keeps art and history safe for visitors to enjoy. A massive hall named Salone dei Cinquecento was built in 1494. It has paneled ceilings and walls decorated with frescoes, gold, and large statues. Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti were commissioned to paint two large murals on the walls.
Monday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Arco della Pace
The Arco della Pace is located in Milan, Italy. It is also called the Arch of Peace. It was built in the early nineteenth century to celebrate peace between European nations that was reached in 1815.
The Arco della Pace was part of the “Foro Bonaparte” which was built like a Roman Forum to honor Napoleon’s victories.
The design of the Arco della Pace is very elaborate. It has a large passageway in the center with two smaller ones on each side. It is clad in elegant marble and has beautiful sculptures and columns.
Cattedrale di Pisa
The Cattedrale di Pisa is a medieval Roman Catholic cathedral in Pisa, Italy.
The cathedral is absolutely breathtaking. On the outside, it is decorated with bronze objects, marble of different colors, and mosaic work.
The inside has a wooden ceiling with gold leaf paint. There is also a painting inside the dome which was done in honor of the Virgin in all her glory with the saints. The famous artwork was painted by two artist, Orazio and Girolamo Riminaldi.
Monday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Basilica di San Lorenzo
Basilica di San Lorenzo is a large and beautiful church in Florence, Italy. It’s the burial place for the Medici family who were rich and powerful rulers in Italy. It was built outside of the city walls in the year 393.
Inside the Basilica di San Lorenzo is a decoration and sculpture by the famous artist, Donatello. There is also the Laurentian Library that was influenced by Michelangelo and the Old Sacristy by Bruenelleschi where church furnishings and vestments are kept.
In the museum area, there is a crypt belonging to Donatello and the tomb of his close friend, Cosimo di Medici. The main part of the church has gorgeous arches and columns that stretch up to the ceiling for all to admire.
Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Santa Maria delle Grazie
Santa Maria delle Grazie is a gothic church located in Milan. It is home to one of the most famous paintings in the world called “The Last Supper”. The talented artist Leonardo da Vinci painted the masterpiece between 1494 and 1498. The artwork represents the last dinner Jesus and his disciples shared together before Jesus’ crucifixion.
You will want to purchase tickets in advance if you want to see the painting. Visiting times and group sizes are limited.
Tips: If you want to see Da Vinci's painting of The Last Supper, make sure you buy tickets ahead of time. They sell out quickly even in the off-peak months.
Hours: Open Tuesday to Saturday, 8am to 8pm.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most famous sites in Italy. Each year over 1 million tourists come to Pisa to see the leaning bell tower.
Construction began in 1173 and was completed many years later in 1392. The tower is about 60 meters tall and has 296 steps going up to the top. It was one of the first circular buildings of its time. It weighs 15,000 tons. There are seven bells that ring in the tower which used to be rung for different occasions.
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is the third largest church in the world. The Italian Gothic building was finished in the 15th century. It was built on the site of a 7th-century church – the remains of that church can be viewed in the crypt.
The interior holds significant works of art, including impressive frescoes painted by Andrea del Castagno in 1456 and Paolo Ucello in 1436.
One of the most popular things to do in Florence is to climb to the top of the dome where you’ll be surrounded by lavish frescoes while taking in an awe-inspiring vista of the city’s endless red roofs.
Hours: Check the web site as the times vary by date and what parts of the cathedral you want to visit. The museum is closed on the first Tuesday of each month.
The oldest bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio opened in 1345. A timeless symbol of the city, the original Roman crossing stood here as the only bridge over the Arno River until 1218.
It’s easy to imagine the early residents of Florence bustling about Ponte Vecchio, with shops here since the 13th century, from fishmongers and tanners to butchers.
Ponte Vecchio is Florence’s only bridge that managed to survive World War II, with all the others bombed and destroyed.
Today, it’s a lively spot packed with tourists. If you arrive early, just before dawn, you can enjoy serene views over the river and a colorful sunrise without the crowds. After dark, the shops’ wooden shutters create a look of wooden chests and suitcases that make it especially inviting for an evening stroll.
Empire State Building
Monday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Castello Sforzesco was built in 1450 by Francesco Sforza. He and his son Ludovico Sforza used it as their home. In 1526, the Spanish converted the caste into a fortress holding 1000 to 3000 men. When Italy was unified in the 19th century, it was no longer used by the military. The city of Milan took over ownership. They restored much of the castle and have converted it into a museum.
Monday: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Duomo di Milano
The Duomo di Milano took 6 centuries to complete. It was constructed between 1386 to 1965 and dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente (The Nativity of Saint Mary). It is the largest basilica in Italy and the 3rd largest in Europe.
Monday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, known as Sacré-Coeur, is the second most visited monument in the city. Sacré-Coeur sits on the summit of Montemarte, the highest point in the city. From here, you can see all of Paris. The view from the top of the dome is second only to the Eiffel Tower.
The path through the park that goes up to Sacré-Coeur has many people that will try to sell you things. You will be approached by people selling bracelets and other crafts. Some of them can be very aggressive. It is best to talk to your kids about this before you go so you, and them, can be prepared when they try to stop you.
Tips: As you climb the path through the park up to Sacré-Coeur, you will be approached by people selling bracelets and other crafts. Some of them can be very aggressive. It is best to talk to your kids about this before you go so you, and them, can be prepared when they stop you.
Monday: 6:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Thursday: 6:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Friday: 6:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Saturday: 6:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Sunday: 6:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Located in the Vatican Palace, the Sistine Chapel is a large 15th-century chapel where the Pope lives, and in which popes are chosen and crowned. One of the main attractions of the Vatican City, it serves as the pope’s own chapel, used for important ceremonies and masses, but it’s perhaps most famous for its remarkable fresco paintings by Renaissance artist Michelangelo. The ceiling is one of Michelangelo’s most famous works, created between 1508 and 1512, with the painter working from a high platform with his arms stretched over his head, brush in hand.
When entering the chapel, you can almost see him working while he wipes sweat from his eyes, toiling year after year often in intense heat, breathing in the terrible smell from the wet plaster used to create the masterpiece he never really wanted to paint in the first place. The artist considered himself more of a sculptor, with no experience painting frescoes – in fact, it’s been said that when he painted, he essentially painted sculpture on his surfaces. As you gaze up at the chapel ceiling, it’s easy to see this was the case, with his monumental figures embodying both beauty and strength.
Monday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Old South Meeting House
The Old South Meeting House was built in 1729. It was used as a church and meeting point by the people of Boston. Its large size made it an ideal location for the massive public protests that took place from 1768 to 1775. There, Patriots and Loyalist would argue and debate the rules and regulations passed by the British Parliament.
The congregation had many famous members including Phillis Wheatley, the first published African American female poet, Samuel Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, and Benjamin Franklin when he was a little boy.
Monday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Granary Burying Ground
The Granary Burying Ground is the 3rd oldest cemetery in Boston. Established in 1660, there are over 2300 grave markers and about 5000 people buried here including John Hancock, Paul Revere, and Samuel Adams.
Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Park Street Church
The Park Street Church was built many years after the American Revolution in 1809. Over 200 years later, it is still an active congregation.
The Park Street Church was built in a style inspired by Christopher Wren. Its steeple is 217 feet tall, making it the tallest building in Boston until 1867 and the tallest in the United States until 1828.
In 1829, William Lloyd Garrison gave his anti slavery address from here. In 1831, Sunday school children performed America (My Country 'Tis of Thee) for the first time.
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
One of the top attractions in Paris, the Louvre is the largest, and arguably most impressive, art museum in the world. Its collection was first established in the 16th-century, as the private collection of King Francis I. One of his works was the famous Mona Lisa painting.
You can easily spend a full day here and not see everything. If your time is limited or you think your kids will get bored, then I recommend finding the things you want to see ahead of time and go in with a plan. You can cover a lot in an hour or two if you go early when the crowds are light.
Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 9:45 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 9:45 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The Vatican is located in Rome, but it’s an independent state governed as an absolute monarch with the pope as the head of what is the world’s smallest country. Encircled with a two-mile border, it has its own militia to protect the pope, as well as 800 full-time citizens and temporary residents. Covering just over 100 acres, it’s only about one-eighth the size of Central Park in New York City. The name Vatican City was taken from Vatican Hill, first used in the Lateran Treaty which was signed in 1929 to establish the modern city-state.
Within the Vatican are a number of cultural and religious sites, including the stunning St. Peter’s Basilica that was built upon an earlier 4th-century church, completed in 1626 after 120 years of construction. It also hosts the Vatican Museums, a massive complex of museums and galleries showcasing elaborate frescoes, paintings, sculptures, classical antiquities and tapestries, as well as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The chapel is famous for its frescoes which include works by Botticelli, Perugino, Domenico Ghirlandaio, along with the ceiling and Last Judgment by Michelangelo.
The Vatican is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site, added in 1984. It remains the only one that is made up of an entire state. It prints its own stamps, mints its own euros, issues passports, and has its own anthem and flag. There is no taxation as souvenir sales, stamps and museum admission fees generate the Vatican’s revenue.
Tips: When visiting Vatican City, consider attending the Papal Audience on Wednesday mornings. If you plan ahead of time, you can reach out through your local church to receive tickets. The tickets get you into a closer section for better viewing. You'll still want to arrive early, usually around 8am, to get the best seats. The Papal Audience gives you a chance to see the Pope up close. We were lucky enough to sit within a few rows of Pope Francis during the Audience. After the Audience concluded, he walked around giving married couples a blessing. This allowed us to get even closer so we could get some great pictures. If you arrive later or don't have tickets, you can still see the Audience from further away. During the warmer months, the Audience takes place in St. Peter's Square which can be filled with thousands of people.
Tips: Make sure you purchase your tickets ahead of time. To manage the crowds, you purchase a specific time slot where you will be allowed into the park. You can purchase these tickets up to 3 months in advance of your visit.
Hours: Vary depending on the time of year.
The Pantheon is considered the most well-preserved and important building from ancient Rome. Initially built in 27 BC, it was dedicated to Romulus, the mythological founder of Ancient Rome and as a temple to all gods, - the word Pantheon means “honor all Gods.” After being damaged by fire, it was rebuilt by the Romans in 125 AD which means that it’s now nearly 1,900 years old. The ancient Pantheon boasts the world’s single largest unsupported dome, measuring 142 feet in diameter and height. When great artist Michelangelo saw this wonder for the first time, he was said to have exclaimed that it looked “more like the work of angels, not humans.”
Monday: 8:30 AM – 7:15 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 7:15 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 7:15 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM – 7:15 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 7:15 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 7:15 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:45 PM
Trevi Fountain is located in the Trevi district of Rome. Its origins date all the way back to 19 BC, when Marcus Agrippa, a Roman consul and lieutenant to Julius Caesar, commissioned an aqueduct to provide water for the baths he had built in the city. It was used to fill three fountains in Rome’s Via del Corso in the 12th century. While there were restorations and new aqueducts put in place here over the years, the fountain you see today was built in baroque style between 1732 and 1736, making it nearly 300 years old. The opulent masterpiece stands 85 feet high and is about 160 feet wide, as the city’s largest and most famous fountain.
Can be visited at any time of day
Sainte-Chapelle, or Holy Chapel, is a royal chapel located along the River Seine in Paris. The Sainte-Chapelle was built within the medieval Palais de la Cite, which was the residence of the King of France until the 14th century ended.
During the French Revolution, much of the Sainte-Chapelle suffered damage. Most of the relics were dispersed throughout the country or were damaged and destroyed. Fortunately, about two-thirds of the original stained glass remain. If you're in Paris on a bright sunny day, the stained glass windows are amazing to see inside.
The cost is 10€ per person. Sometimes there is a short line to get in. Plan about 30 minutes for your visit.
The stained glass windows are amazing to see on a bright, sunny day.
Hours: Times vary by time of year. Check the web site for details.
Hours: Summer Opening Hours: April – September 10:00 – 17:30 (last admission)
Winter Opening Hours: October – March 09:30 – 17:00 (last admission)
Hours: Niagara Falls State Park is open year round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Palacio Real de Madrid
The Changing of the Guard is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays (except July, August, and September) from 11am to 2pm
On the first Wednesday of each month (except January, August, and September) is the Solemn Changing of the Guard which occurs at noon and last for 50 minutes.
- Winter hours (October to March). All days: 10:00 - 18:00.
- Summer hours (April to September). All days: 10:00 - 20:00.
- Box office and admission to the Palace close one hour earlier.
November to February,
9 am to 6 pm
9 am to 7 pm
April to September,
9 am to 8 pm
9 am to 7 pm
December 25, 26, January 1 and 6,
9 am to 2 pm
Sale of tickets finishes 30 minutes before closing time.
The Colosseum is a large oval amphitheater in the city of Rome. The structure is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre and was built between 70 and 80 AD under the Roman emperor Vespasian and finished under Emperor Titus.
The Colosseum is huge, and was estimated to have been able to hold between 50,000 and 80,000 people when it was still active. The space was used for battles between gladiators, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and even as a large stage to put on Classical mythology plays.
Tips: Consider booking a private guided tour. This will allow you to skip the lines and, in my experience, was a much more enjoyable way to learn about the history of the Colosseum.
Monday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Monet's Garden's are a short day trip from Paris. If you're going to visit, be sure to go in the spring or early summer when many of the flowers are blooming. Bus trips are available but I recommend taking the train to the Vernon-Giverny station (about 45 minute ride on the faster trains). From there, you can take a taxi or rent some bikes to get to the gardens. It's an easy bike ride on a flat path. The distance from Vernon to Giverny is about 3 miles (5km).
- Bike rentals are available next to the train station when you arrive in Vernon
- Train travel times can vary. Make sure you select one with fewer stops to minimize your travel time.
Betsy Ross House
Hours: Times change based on the season. Check the web site for the current hours.
Carpenter's Historic Hall
Closed on Mondays
Closed on Tuesdays in January and February
Open to the public from 10am to 4pm (Free Access)
B. Free Franklin Post Office
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm
Old North Bridge
Hours: The grounds of Minute Man National Historical Park are open sunrise to sunset. Parking lot gates close promptly at sunset.
Palace of Versailles
- There can be long lines for tickets in the morning. if the lines are long, consider walk the gardens and park first and come back for tickets to view the inside of the Palace later. The grounds behind the palace are amazing and can easily take a half day or more to visit.
- There is a restaurant in the park next to the canal. This is a nice place to sit and take in the beautiful surroundings.
- Row boats can be rented on the canal and can be a fun activity to do with the family
Open every day except on Mondays and 1 May
Opening times: 9.00 am – 6.30 pm
Last admission: 6.00 pm
Ticket office closes at 5.50 pm
Open every day from 7.00 am to 8.30 pm
save exceptional weather (snow, violent winds...)
Sunday 8:45 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday 8:45 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday 8:45 AM - 6:15 PM
Wednesday 8:45 AM - 6:15 PM
Thursday 8:45 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday 8:45 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday 8:45 AM - 8:30 PM
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Learn about the Sinagua people who called Walnut Canyon home for 800 years ago. There is a museum onsite but the highlight of the visit is the loop trail that takes you down into the canyon. Once in the canyon, you'll get up close with the dwellings built into the canyon to shelter the community from the weather. The loop is a mile long and it does require climbing many sets of stairs. If stairs aren't your thing, you can still view the canyon and some of the dwellings from the top but you'll be missing out on what makes this park fun to visit.
Tips: I'd recommend visiting the canyon if you have kids that don't mind climbing a lot of stairs. The path in is easy as you're climbing down several flights of stairs but once you complete the loop, you'll need to climb back up and that could be tough for smaller kids. My kids were 9 and 12 when we visited and they handled it fine. My daughter even challenged me to a race back up. We were pretty tired once we reached the top, and yes, she won.
Juliette Gordon Low House
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm. Closed on Sundays.
Temple Mickve Israel
Hours: Tours run from 10am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe provides great views of the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, and the surrounding city. It is worth seeing Paris from this vantage point. There is a small museum located near the top where you can take a quick break from your climb. Once rested, head to one more set of stairs to get outside to see a 360 degree view of the city. There is a nice photo opportunity here where you can get a picture with Eiffel Tower in the background. Don't forget to explore the outside of the arch when you're back down at ground level. The detail in the construction is amazing. The tomb of the unknown soldier is also located under the arch.
- Be prepared to climb many stairs to get to the top. A lift is available for those who need it.
- Make sure you use the pedestrian tunnels. Do not try to cross the roundabout. Many people do which is very dangerous. Instead, use one of the tunnels located on the Champs Élysées and the Avenue de la Grande Armée. You will find a stairway down to the tunnel from each of these streets.
- Tickets can be purchased inside the tunnel.
Monday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
The Notre Dame de Paris is also called the Notre Dame Cathedral. Its name really means Our Lady of Paris. It took almost 200 years for the church to be completely built. The groundbreaking took place in 1163 and it wasn’t finished until 1345, more than 650 years ago. It is one of the most well-known churches in the entire world and is very much admired by architects.
Unfortunately, a recent fire has destroyed much of the cathedral. You'll still want to walk by this magnifisent building as you explore the city.
On April 15, 2019, Notre Dame was severely damaged by a fire. You will not be able to visit the inside of the cathedral.
We hope that one day Notre Dame will open once again and that it can return to its former glory.
Old North Church
Old North Church is in the North End section of Boston. It is where the famous signal known as “One if by land, two if by sea” was carried out during the American Revolutionary War. Old North Church is the oldest standing church still in Boston today, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also Boston’s most visited historic site.
November 16 - March 31: 10am - 4pm
April 1 - November 15: 9am - 6pm
The Paul Revere House
The Paul Revere House was the home of silversmith and Patriot Paul Revere. The house was built in 1680 and is the oldest house in downtown Boston.
Paul Revere is an American Patriot who was a member of the secretive group known as the Sons of Liberty. He is most well-known for his Midnight Ride on horseback just before the battles of Lexington and Concord at the start of the American Revolutionary War.
Today, you can walk through his home and see what life was like in Boston in the 1700's. Learn more about Paul Revere, his family, and his importance in the colonists' fight for independence.
April 15 – October 31: 9:30 am to 5:15 pm
November 1 – April 14: 9:30 am to 4:15 pm
Plymouth Rock is situated along the water in Plymouth. This is a nice area for a walk on a sunny day. There are some shops and restaurants to visit nearby. Plymouth Rock itself is not worth your time but If you're in the area then make a stop.
Plymouth Rock is just a large rock protected under a roof. The rock itself isn't very interesting but it can be fun to see where some of the English Pilgrims first landed in America.
Tips: Visiting Plymouth Rock will only take a few minutes. Before visiting, considere including other nearby attractions such as Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower II.
Hours: 24 hours a day
The USS Constitution is a wooden navy ship that is located today in Charlestown, Massachusetts. It was originally launched in 1797 and was named by George Washington after the American Constitution. She was one of six ships that had been paid for by the American Government to help fight against pirates. The USS Constitution was built in Boston and the metal bolts and copper pieces were made by Paul Revere.
Today, the USS Constitution is the oldest warship on the water. It has been floating in the Charlestown Naval Harbor in Boston since 1934 and thousands of people go to visit her each year.
Open Tuesday-Sunday | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Boston Tea Party
On December 16, 1773, a group of 116 men, led by the Sons of Liberty, went down to Boston Harbor where the 3 East India Company ships were docked and dumped their cargo into the water. British Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts as punishment. Instead of complying with the new laws, the Constitutional Congress was created to protest them. A few months later, in April 1775, the American Revolution would begin.
Today, you can visit the museum and relive this time in history.
First Tour: 10am, Last Tour: 5pm
Off Season: First Tour: 10am, Last Tour: 4pm
The Battle of Bunker Hill
The Battle of Bunker Hill is one of the most famous battles of the American Revolutionary War. The Battle of Bunker Hill took place in June of 1775, in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Although the British won the Battle of Bunker Hill, they had more casualties than the Americans, giving the Continental Army a confidence boost. General George Washington took over the command of the Continental Army two weeks later and brought with him enough cannon and heavy guns to drive the British out of Boston in March of 1776.
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most well known landmarks in the world. Any stop to Paris should start here. Your kids will love seeing the tower up close and the view from the top is fantastic. The tower is over 1000 feet tall but the surrounding buildings are limited to 121 feet. This gives you the feeling of being on top of the world as the city spreads out all around you.
You should purchase tickets ahead of time, especially on weekends. If you don't mind climbing stairs, consider skipping the long elevator lines and getting a very unique perspective of tower by climbing up to the second floor.
- Book your tickets in advance if you plan or need to take the elevator. This will save you a lot of extra time, as lines to buy tickets can be very long.
- If you're kids are older and more adventurous then consider taking the stairs. There is usually no wait and you get a unique perspective of the tower. If you don't want to walk all the way to the top, you can buy tickets for the elevator when you get to the second deck.
- Consider making two trips to the Eiffel Tower if you have time. Once during daylight hours and another in the evening to see why Paris is often referred to as the "City of Lights".
Hours: Open from 10am to midnight, 7 days a week.
- Plan ahead. If you want to tour the White House you must submit a request through a Member of Congress. This should be done no later than 3 weeks from your tour date.
- There is limited space so start early. You can submit your request up to 3 months in advance.
Self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted)
Old State House
The Old State House in Boston, is where the Declaration of Independence was read, on July 18th of 1776, to happy crowds of people from the eastern balcony. The Old State House is the oldest public building in Boston, and today is a museum for people can go and visit to learn more about Boston’s history during the American Revolutionary War.
Open year round, 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm
Check the web site for holiday closures