It's springtime, one of the most glorious seasons to visit Boston. The weather is ideal for walking in our fair city, whether it's a leisurely stroll or a brisk power walk. They don't call us "The Walking City" for nothin'. If you've come to see the sights, you can get virtually anywhere on foot. It's a great way to get a feel for the city and appreciate Boston up close. Here are some suggested routes.

  • There is no more popular walk in the city than the Freedom Trail. At only three miles, it's not too taxing. (Pun intended -- a bit of colonial humor.) And there are plenty of diversions along the way. As you amble through our lovely neighborhoods, you'll see many historical sites. You could take a self-guided walk or book a group tour with the Freedom Trail Foundation.
  • Speaking of walking tours, Boston By Foot offers a variety of guided group tours including one geared for children and another one that explores Boston's central role in the American Revolution.
  • If you want to really hoof it, head out along the 40-mile stretch known as the Boston Harborwalk. It will take you past the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. Gentle harbor breezes are a bonus.
  • Another lovely waterfront route is the Charles River Reservation, which meanders through the Esplanade (home of the Boston Pops Fourth of July event) and continues for 20 miles to the campuses of MIT, Harvard, and beyond.
  • Travel through the heart of the city from Chinatown to the North End on the 1.5-mile Rose Kennedy Greenway. Be sure to take a ride on the Greenway Carousel.

This is a small sample of the routes that await you in Boston. Bring along a pair of your most comfortable walking shoes and visit us soon.

Photo: The view along the Charles River Reservation.