Salem has lots of history to offer! Before you visit, download the self-guided walking tours to take around town with you. For more information on Salem Maritime National Historic Site, please download some of our site bulletins. All brochures are in Adobe PDF format and require the free Adobe Reader.
Self-Guided Walking Tours of Salem
Newly Revised Edition! The McIntire Historic District Walking Trail. Salem is well known for the beauty of its architecture. This one hour long self-guided tour will show you around one of the most spectacular areas of the city.
New! Architecture in Salem. This guide introduces the differences between four centuries of architecture in the city, and highlights outstanding examples of architecture that are open to the public.
African American Heritage Sites in Salem contains an overview of Salem's African American history, then highlights seven sites that were important to the 19th century African-American community in Salem.
Bowditch's Salem: A Walking Tour of the Great Age of Sail. See Salem at its most glorious through the life of the famous navigator Nathaniel Bowditch.
The Salem Visitors Guide is available in .pdf format from Destination Salem.
Site Bulletins for Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Did You Know?
In 1799, Salem native Nathaniel Bowditch revised John H. Moore's New Practical Navigator, the standard navigation manual of the 18th century. Bowditch discovered and corrected over 8,000 errors in Moore's manual! In 1802, Bowditch published the New American Practical Navigator.