For Bostonians, the red brick line weaving its way throughout the heart of the city is a common, comforting reminder of Boston’s great history. For visitors, the Freedom Trail is a silent guide to some of the Hub’s most important sites. Here are five of our favorite aspects of the Freedom Trail.
As the birthplace of the United States and the location of some of the most important events in our country’s history, the sites on the route are places that every American should get a chance to visit. From burial grounds of famous revolutionaries to one of the most influential sailing vessels in US history, each site will help visitors appreciate the sacrifices made to gain freedom from the British over 200 years ago.
Though it is more of a byproduct of the trail, at 2.5 miles, it is long enough get your blood pumping and supply a healthy dose of fresh air. We recommend sneakers for the occasion, because though the terrain is generally easy to navigate, many may want to leave the trail to explore the sites more thoroughly.
For those who would prefer to learn as much as possible about sites on the Trail, a variety of public, private, and group tours are offered throughout the year. Each tour is led by an 18th-century costumed guide to make them feel even more authentic and to help guests imagine the history. The Walk Into History tour, the Freedom Trail’s most popular tour, highlights 11 of the trails, and 16 sites including King’s Chapel, Faneuil Hall, and the State House. Other tour themes range from African American Patriots to Revolutionary Women. Book a tour online to save 10%!
Ironically, one of the best parts about the Trail is the freedom that visitors have to explore it at their own pace. The route can take about two hours for brisk walkers who do not explore too much, or it can take the majority of the day.
The North End
One of the most convenient aspects of the Freedom Trail is the fact that around site 11, likely a couple hours after you begin the walk, you will arrive in the North End, the Italian section of Boston and the location of some of the city’s best restaurants. We recommend Regina Pizza on 11 Thacher Street and Galleria Umberto on 289 Hanover St, two spots with some of the best pizza slices in town. Don’t be surprised if there is a line, as these pies are quite popular.