One of the most famous attractions in Boston is the Freedom Trail. Marked by a bricked or painted red line, this 2.5 mile urban walking trail leads visitors to 16 significant historic sites revolving around the American Revolution.
The Freedom Trail was established in the 1950s with a purpose to preserve the story of the American Revolution from Great Britain in the 1700s. Journalist William Schofield hatched the idea of a pedestrian trail linking together important local landmarks, and Mayor John Hynes decided to put his idea into action. By 1953, forty thousand people were enjoying the sites and history each year. In 1974 the National Park Service opened a visitor center providing free maps of the Freedom Trail and other historic sites. The visitor center also sells books about Boston and U.S. history.
Don’t miss out on this unique historic experience. Everyone from the biggest history buff to the person who can’t stand the History Channel will take something away from this experience. The Freedom Trail is truly not one to be missed.