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

cover for The McIntire Historic District Architectural Walking Trail

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.

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detail of cover for NPS publication Architecture in Salem

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.

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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.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne's Salem: A Walking Tour of Literary Salem. Explore the world of Salem's best known author in three separate walking tours, each lasting approximately one hour.

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detail of cover of NPS publication Bowditch's 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.

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2017 Salem Guide
2017 Salem Guide

Destination Salem

Salem, Massachusetts: 2017 City Guide & Map (14.4 MB PDF)
This visitor guide from Destination Salem, the official non-profit tourism office for the city of Salem.


Site Bulletins for Salem Maritime National Historic Site

  • Friendship of Salem. Learn more about Salem's own tall ship, a replica of an East Indiaman cargo vessel built in 1797.

  • The Salem Armory. Before it was the Regional Visitor Center, the building on the corner of Essex and New Liberty Streets in Salem was the Armory of the Second Corps of Cadets.

  • The West India Goods Store. During the height of the East Indies Trade, small retail shops carrying exotic goods could be found all over Salem.

  • Derby Wharf & Derby Wharf Light Station. Learn about Salem's longest wharf and the lighthouse that stands at the end of the wharf.

Last updated: March 10, 2017

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