Last Updated on October 20, 2022 by Jim Ferri
Take a Freedom Trail self-guided tour the next time you’re in Boston. It’s a 2.5-mile-long (4.0 km) path through the city’s downtown – and it’s one of the most popular walks in America.
What makes it so interesting – in addition to taking you to locations significant to the Revolutionary history of the United States – is that it takes you through a variety of areas in a beautiful city. The sites connect via a trail of bricks embedded in the sidewalk and street.
Start your Freedom Trail self-guided tour at Boston Commons. Across the street is Park Church, a gathering places of colonial patriots prior to the war of independence from Britain. Next door is the burial ground with the graves of John Hancock, Paul Revere, and many more early American patriots.
Discover the Grave of Mary Chilton
Continue on the Boston Freedom Trail to King’s Chapel Burying Ground where you’ll find the grave of Mary Chilton, the first woman to step off the Mayflower. Astonishingly, her grave is not only all the way in the back, but her headstone faces away from the others.
Continue on from here and you’ll find, and experience, much more. Don’t miss your next stop, the Old South Meetinghouse, which is a national historic site. Also Faneuil Hall and the frenetic Quincy marketplace, the latter crowded no matter the season. Step into Paul Revere’s house (no photos allowed, unfortunately) and Old North Church (Copp’s Hill Burying Ground is nearby) and climb aboard the famous USS Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides.”
You’ll get a taste of the Boston Freedom Trail in the video above.
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