Beacon Hill, the most desirable and expensive place to live in Boston, welcomes visitors to pour over its historical landmarks and architecture, snap photos and wander through many narrow passageways.
Several buildings are the National Registry including Federal, Greek, Victorian and Greek Revival row houses that owe their notoriety to the vision of prolific American architect Charles Bulfinch.
Influenced by a trip he made to France and Italy in 1785, Bulfinch single-handedly shaped the face of Boston. His works include the Massachusetts State House, the expansion of Faneuil Hall, three private homes for prominent politician Harrison Gray Otis and numerous churches.
Ornamental arches, steep-mansard roofs, black paneled shutters and gas lit cobblestone streets all lend to make this a Colonial treasure of a bygone era.
I doubt he spends much time there today but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry owns townhouse on Louisburg Square.
Walking tours are offered at the Otis House Museum.