8. Boston: Freedom Trail Self-Guided Tour
Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one.
Once you’ve downloaded the tour, your journey will begin in the center of the city at Boston Common, where you’ll hear about the founding of the city and the first murmurs of independence from Britain. Then you’ll head to the historic State House, complete with a dome of real gold.
On your way to the Park Street Church (a landmark loaded with history), you’ll learn what led Britain to levy such harsh taxes against the colonies, as well as how those colonists responded. Then, at the Granary Burying Ground, you’ll have the chance to visit the graves of famous figures like Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere.
After that is King’s Chapel, dating all the way back to 1754. Even older is the Latin School, up next, founded in 1635. Then it’s on to the Old South Meeting House, where you’ll get the whole story behind the famous Boston Tea Party protest.
Next is the Old State House, where the Declaration of Independence was first read to Bostonians. Then you’ll head to the site of the infamous (and oft-misunderstood) Boston Massacre and get the truth behind that fateful night.
Following a stop at the famed marketplace of Faneuil Hall, you’ll see the beautiful Rose Kennedy Greenway – not an official stop along the Freedom Trail, but well worth a look regardless.
Continuing on, you’ll reach Paul Revere’s house, perfectly preserved since his famous Midnight Ride. Past that is the Old North Church, where Revere famously asked for “one lantern if by land, two if by sea.”
The next stop is almost impossible to miss — it’s the USS Constitution. This enormous ship, nicknamed Old Ironsides, is enough to make the trip worth it all on its own.
Finally, you’ll arrive at the Bunker Hill Monument, memorializing a pivotal battle during the Revolutionary War. Your tour concludes here.