- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Stretching across 2½ miles, the Freedom Trail weaves past 16 of the city's most historical sites, including Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, and Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the Boston Massacre. Taking in all of the trail's attractions requires a full day (and some comfortable walking shoes), but you can easily plot points of interest before you begin your jaunt from Boston Common.
"If you want to take in the historic side of this city, this is a must. Follow the red brick line around the city and finish in the park," suggested one TripAdvisor user. Though most recent visitors agree the trail is easy to navigate on your own (thanks to an easily downloadable Walk into History audio guide), some culture hounds say joining one of the walking tours with the 18th century costumed Freedom Trail Player tour guides offers an informative introduction to Boston's revolutionary roots. Regardless of whether you choose to explore on your own or tag along on a tour, be sure to hit a few key stops along the way: the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church and Fanueil Hall.
To reach Boston Common and start your trail tour, take the Red or the Green Line to Park Street Station. You'll find the Visitor Information Center just 100 yards away, along Tremont Street. Tours operated by the Freedom Trail Foundation are available daily; guided tours depart from the Visitor Information Center beginning at 11 a.m. There are also a variety of special tour options available with different hours, themes and prices. For additional information and a free downloadable Freedom Trail map, visit the Freedom Trail's official website.