Boston's Freedom Trail

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Boston's Freedom Trail is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boston, Massachusetts that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
396 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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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.

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Hard to figure out but definitely worth it once you do!

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5 months ago

Excellent Trail. Lots of historical facts and sites to visit. The Boston Cemetary was excellent as well as the Boston common.

hiking
6 months ago

Very educational walk around Boston. Have done it twice, once in the summer and again in the winter.

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7 months ago

I've done the Freedom Trail multiple times. There is always a plethora of sites and people to see. The sense of history is vivid and enjoyable.

7 months ago

very nice
Boston has done a great job with the trail.
love the north end...

hiking
7 months ago

Loved the history, not the crowds.

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hiking
9 months ago

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.

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