The heritage trails in Massachusetts paint vivid pictures of days past. Yet they are also a great way to explore parts of the state you may not otherwise think to visit.

Surprising every step of the way, and perhaps the most famous heritage trail in the state, is the Freedom Trail. Beginning on Boston Common, where hordes of red-clad British troops once trained, the red-brick Freedom Trail connects 16 Boston landmarks. The Black Heritage Trail is also quite popular, as it explores the history of Boston’s 19th-century African-American community. The Salem Heritage Trail is a North Shore favorite: it transports you back to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and the days of sea captains, pirates and noted novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne.

  • Freedom Trail, Boston

  • Black Heritage Trail, Boston

  • Salem Heritage Trail

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  • Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour +
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    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Salem Witch Museum +
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    Salem Witch Museum

    Salem

  • Paul Revere House +
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    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS +
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    DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS

    Plymouth

  • Royalston Falls +
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    Royalston Falls

    Royalston

  • Adams National Historical Park +
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    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Museum of African American History +
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    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • Pilgrim Progress +
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    Pilgrim Progress

    Plymouth

  • Notchview Reservation +
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    Notchview Reservation

    Windsor

  • The Old Manse +
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    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Burial Hill +
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    Burial Hill

    Plymouth

  • Cambridge Historical Tours +
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    Cambridge Historical Tours

    Cambridge

  • Cape Cod Canal Centennial +
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    Cape Cod Canal Centennial

    Buzzards Bay

  • Cape Ann Foodie Tours +
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    Cape Ann Foodie Tours

    Gloucester

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
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    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Athol

  • Yummy Walks +
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    Yummy Walks

    Boston

  • The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture +
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    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

  • Maritime Gloucester +
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    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • Cyrus Dallin Art Museum +
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    Cyrus Dallin Art Museum

    Arlington

  • White's Landing +
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    White's Landing

    Brookfield

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