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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

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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.

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Faneuil Hall

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

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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.”

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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.

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Paul Revere House

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

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USS Constitution

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

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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.

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