Boston's Freedom Trail is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boston, MA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until September.
Discover the roots of the revolution and Boston's rich history on this popular walk. The Freedom Trail is more than a collection of historic sites related to the American Revolution or a suggested itinerary connecting Boston's unique neighborhoods. It's a chance to walk in the footsteps of our forefathers-literally, by following a crimson path on public sidewalks-and pay tribute to the figures all school kids know, like Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Ben Franklin. In history-proud Boston, past and present intersect before your eyes, not as a re-creation but as living history accessible to all. Boston played a key role in the dramatic events leading up to the American Revolution. Many of the founding fathers called the city home, and many of the initial meetings and actions that sparked the fight against the British took place here. In one day, you can visit Faneuil Hall-the "Cradle of Liberty"-where outraged colonial radicals met to oppose British authority; the site of the incendiary Boston Massacre; and the Old North Church, where lanterns hung to signal Paul Revere on his thrilling midnight ride. Colonists may have originally landed in Jamestown and Plymouth, but if you really want to see where America began, come to Boston. The Route: The Freedom Trail begins at Boston Common, winds through Downtown, Government Center, and the North End, and ends in Charlestown at the USS Constitution. The entire Freedom Trail is marked by a red line on the sidewalk; it's made of paint or brick at various points on the Trail. Timing: If you're stopping at a few (or all) of the 16 sites, it takes a full day to complete the route comfortably. If you have children in tow, you may want to split the trail into two or more days. Visitor Centers: There are Freedom Trail information centers in Boston Common (Tremont Street), at 15 State Street (near the Old State House), and at the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center (in Building 5). Tours: The National Park Service's free 90-minute Freedom Trail walking tours begin at the Boston National Historical Park Visitor Center at 15 State Street and cover sites from the Old South Meeting House to the Old North Church. Check online for times; it's a good idea to show up at least 30 minutes early, as the popular tours are limited to 30 people. Half-hour tours of the USS Constitution are offered Tuesday through Sunday. Note that visitors to the ship must go through security screening.
Loved it. You have to consider it "Urban Hiking". Bring cash too. Half the spots you have to pay to get into, and the rest are requested donation. Great for the history buff. Did 10 miles from Copley Square to Breeds hill and back again.
Great way to see Boston and learn all the history to go with it.
Amazing trail. Great historical trip and a must see, especially if you go on one of the tours where the guides are dressed in ye olde fashion.
Great time in a great city
I've done this several times with friends visiting from out of town. It's a great way to see a lot of historic spots in Boston. Highly recommend for tourists.
Love this historic trail especially when I walk it with a costumed Freedom Trail guide
Simply the best city walk !
A Must do in Boston!
I love the bricks on the ground! Amazing idea!!! Perfect!
Born and raised in Boston I have always enjoyed this walk. In the 20th century it was in the heart of downtown Boston. Now the downtown is more hollowed out. In my younger days government experts brutalized downtown by erasing Scollay Square and replacing it with a building that says everything about the way governors can sometimes be contemptuous of the governed. Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall manifested the good side of government. Private eenterprise and public taste have turned them into tourist malls. Still, this walk is worth it. One sees the lion and unicorn upon an American state house to remind us whence we came. There also one sees a physical place where protestors were gunned down.
Not really a hike but an informative leisurely walk through history
I'm from Utah and I normally wouldn't consider this "a hike" ;-) but, after walking the entire thing in one day, I can tell you that my feet hurt at the end of it ... I rate it a 3 out of 6 stars in terms of cardiovascular fitness but a 6 out of 6 in terms of my feet hurting at the end of it