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Freedom Trail guide

Whether you’re new to Boston or need an American history refresher, use our Freedom Trail guide to (re)acquaint yourself with the city’s patriotic heritage


Boston Common

There’s plenty of history to take in here—like the statue of George Washington on horseback (above), or the plaque dedicated to a now-fallen tree once used for public hangings.


Faneuil Hall

Boston’s imposing marketplace-cum-political forum is positively dripping in historical associations.


Ducks in the Public Garden

The lovely 25-acre Public Garden is home to an array of rare flora and statuary, including a bronze tribute to the well-loved children’s book Make Way for Ducklings, which is set in the park.

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Massachusetts State House

The seat of the state's government makes for an interesting tour, stuffed with quirky historical anecdotes—including the etymology of the term “hooker.”


Park Street Church

It was here that William Lloyd Garrison gave his first anti-slavery oration and, in 1818, the nation’s first Sunday School class took place.


Paul Revere House

The home of the great silversmith, industrialist and sometime patriot lives on as a remarkable display of Revolution-era domestic life.


USS Constitution

The oldest commissioned warship in the world doubles up as an enlightening interactive museum of naval history.


Freedom Trail sign

For the first-time visitor to Boston, the Freedom Trail provides a useful sightseeing starting point. The self-guided two-and-a-half-mile tour is clearly marked by a red line on the sidewalk, which has wended its way past 16 of the Hub’s best-known historical sites since 1958. The Trail begins at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common (147 Tremont St, 617-426-3115), where you can pick up a map or hire and audio tour ($11), and ends at the Bunker Hill Monument.

To find out more, head to the Trail’s official website.