Virtual Freedom Trail Tour

Bronze sidewalk marker medallion with words The Freedom Trail Boston. Weathervane bas relief is in center.
Freedom Trail Medallion

NPS Photo


Originally conceptualized in the 1950s, the Freedom Trail® is an iconic symbol of Boston. Its red brick line snakes through some of the oldest parts of the City, navigating visitors to some of the most significant historic sites in the Downtown, North End, and Charlestown neighborhoods of Boston. The trail itself does not necessarily tell a narrative. Rather, it aids tourists with a starting point—an opening sampler of Boston's storied, complicated, and multi-faceted history. While many sites are primarily recognized for their role in the American Revolution, all the sites on the Freedom Trail® remained significant because of the role they played in subsequent social, political, and religious movements, controversies, and challenges.

Use the map and the list below to explore each site in any order you please. The sites and content can be used as a completely virtual tour, or also as a companion while walking the physical trail.

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