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.

  • Mohawk Trail

  • Old North Bridge, Concord

  • Old North Bridge, Concord

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  • Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour +
    232 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Salem Witch Museum +
    68 saves

    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

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    22 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • The Old Manse +
    19 saves

    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Pilgrim Progress +
    18 saves

    Pilgrim Progress

    Plymouth

  • Notchview Reservation +
    15 saves

    Notchview Reservation

    Windsor

  • Museum of African American History +
    14 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • Royalston Falls +
    11 saves

    Royalston Falls

    Royalston

  • Cape Ann Foodie Tours +
    8 saves

    Cape Ann Foodie Tours

    Gloucester

  • ArtsBoston Booths +
    6 saves

    ArtsBoston Booths

    Boston

  • Cape Cod Canal Centennial +
    5 saves

    Cape Cod Canal Centennial

    Buzzards Bay

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

    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

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

    Athol

  • Island Queen +
    3 saves

    Island Queen

    Falmouth

  • NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association +
    1 saves

    NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association

    Athol

  • Cyrus Dallin Art Museum +
    0 saves

    Cyrus Dallin Art Museum

    Arlington

  • Ye Olde Tavern Tours

    Boston

    Ye Olde Tavern Tours offers historic tavern tours in Boston. You'll walk along the Freedom Trail and see historic sites... more

    + 11 saves
  • Boston Pizza Tours

    Boston

    Boston Pizza Tours offers unique walking tours, exploring Boston's most historic neighborhoods. Along the way enjoy slices from THREE different... more

    + 9 saves

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