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Freedom Trail, Boston

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Weave your way through the city center, the birthplace of the American Revolution, and soak up some of the country’s earliest history on Freedom Trail. The 4 km (2.5 mi) brick-lined trail passes 16 historical city monuments, including museums, churches, and political sites. Begin your walk in the Boston Common, the location of the British forces' encampment during the occupation of 1775-76. Then head to the impressive Massachusetts State House, which was built shortly after the revolution and now houses state government offices. Don’t miss a chance to visit the site of the infamous Boston Massacre, or to tour the oldest house in the city, the home of Paul Revere. While most visitors choose to walk the trail freely, guided tours and audio headsets are available at the tourist center. To visit Freedom Trail on your trip to Boston, use our Boston visit planner .
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  • I’ve lived in Boston for 15 years and never know that there is an amazing trail that leads you to different sites in Boston. My friend from New York visited me last week and this was the first time fo...  more »
  • There isn’t much info in the map that isn’t written on signs at each stop on the trail. It’s impossible to get lost if you follow the red lines/bricks on the pavement. We started at Boston Common (sto...  more »
  • The city of Boston is not very great, and thanks to this red line, it allows us to take a walk along most of the city with historical points.
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  • We weren't sure if we wanted to tour by ourselves or take the guided tour. I am so glad we did the guided group tour. Our tour guide Isaiah Thomas could not have been better. He was engaging and made the tour not only educational but great fun. How he could keep his cool in his uniform in the summer heat and still smile and tell jokes is amazing.
  • Walk, don't ride the bus. Even though the weather was in the 30s and breezy, walking the Trail gives one the opportunity to experience Boston and to get visceral feeling for the place. It also let's you enjoy the architecture and make sudden stops for tasty treats! The history in Boston is omnipresent, which is lovely; the Trail lets you get the high points in focus and provides a context for just walking around and soaking it in.
  • Awesome place. Historic and scenic. I loved the vibe of the places and the places that the trail took me to. You can also book a guide or be part of a guided group, which is a lot more fun.
  • A very nice American History tour. The host Isiah Thomas is well informed and entertaining.
  • Walk, explore and make it a memorable trip...super crowded place on the weekends...enjoyed every bit of it.

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