The Freedom Trail

Vacation Travel Guide
The Freedom Trail showing a statue or sculpture, a monument and a garden

Discover Boston’s best-known historic landmarks on this walking tour.

Just as the name suggests, the 2.5-mile (four-kilometer) Freedom Trail walking tour follows the United States’ journey to freedom from Great Britain. It covers 16 of the city’s most important landmarks, including one of the most popular points of interest in the city, Faneuil Hall.

Follow the red brick trail from the Visitor Information Center at Boston Common to see the Massachusetts State House, Granary Burying Grounds and the site of the first public school in the country. Pass the place of the Boston Massacre and then on to Faneuil Hall where Samuel Adams and James Otis fanned the winds of revolution. Enjoy a bowl of seafood chowder or a lobster roll in the popular marketplace, just behind the hall.

In the historic North End, pay a visit to Paul Revere House, the oldest building in downtown Boston. The wooden house dates back to 1680 and now serves as a homely museum, which recreates life in those times. Next stop is the oldest church in the city, Old North Church. Its steeple, the tallest in Boston, was used as a signal point at the start of the American Revolution warning that the British were “marching” to Lexington by sea.

Across the Charles River, the Freedom Trail passes the Bunker Hill Monument, which marks the first major battle of the Revolutionary War. At nearby Charlestown Navy Yard, climb aboard the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.

History buffs will appreciate all 16 sites on the Freedom Trail, but the path can be picked up anywhere along the route. Pick up a map for a self-guided tour, or join one of the guided 90-minute tours, both available from the visitor center. Summer is the best time to enjoy the Freedom Trail; however, this is also the busiest time of year.

Although some sites charge an admission fee to go inside, most sites are free and open year-round. Tours are available every 30 minutes for about nine months of the year.

Top things to do in The Freedom Trail

Top Hotels Close to The Freedom Trail

citizenM Boston North Station
citizenM Boston North Station
4 out of 5
80-120 Causeway Street, Boston, MA
The price is $139 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
Located in West End, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of TD Garden and The Freedom Trail. Boston Harbor and Museum of Science are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,765 reviews)
"It took me a little while to figure out how to turn the TV on. There was a tile in the bathroom that was raised a bit that could hurt your foot - probably should be fixed. Breakfast was nice and convenient. Very courteous staff. It was also great that we were able to store our luggage for the day ..."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

citizenM Boston North Station
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $161 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden, and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (4,369 reviews)
"It was clean and in a good location"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Boston Park Plaza
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
4 out of 5
60 School St, Boston, MA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $170 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Located in Downtown Boston, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Boston City Hall, Quincy Market, and Boston Common. New England Aquarium and Boston ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,481 reviews)
"Excellent customer service, this is my 3rd time in hotel and every time its a wonderful experience 💗"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Plan a trip to see The Freedom Trail

Encore Boston Harbor
Boston Marriott Burlington
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston
Don't see what you're looking for?
See all available trips from Ashburn to The Freedom Trail
View all trips

Read travel guides and advice on visiting The Freedom Trail

Popular places to visit in The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail

Choose one or more items to build your trip:

Best Lodging Options Near The Freedom Trail

Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
3.5 out of 5
207 Porter St, Boston, MA
The price is $111 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
The price is $161 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Boston Park Plaza
citizenM Boston North Station
citizenM Boston North Station
4 out of 5
80-120 Causeway Street, Boston, MA
The price is $139 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
citizenM Boston North Station
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
4 out of 5
60 School St, Boston, MA
The price is $170 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
Club Quarters Hotel in Boston
Club Quarters Hotel in Boston
4 out of 5
161 Devonshire St, Boston, MA
The price is $139 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Club Quarters Hotel in Boston
Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
3.5 out of 5
5 Blossom Street, Boston, MA
The price is $143 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
The Godfrey Hotel Boston
The Godfrey Hotel Boston
4 out of 5
505 Washington Street, Boston, MA
The price is $127 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 17
The Godfrey Hotel Boston
Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront
Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront
4.5 out of 5
3 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA
The price is $159 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront
Harborside Inn Of Boston
Harborside Inn Of Boston
3 out of 5
185 State St, Boston, MA
The price is $149 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Harborside Inn Of Boston
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.