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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    Salem Witch Museum

    Salem

  • Christmas in Salem

    Salem

    Join us for the oldest holiday house tour in the country, each year, in the first weekend of December. Historic... more

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  • New England Pirate Museum

    Salem

    Colonial seaport, pirate cave, and 60 life-size pirates including notorious captains Kidd and Blackbeard. more

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  • Salem Arts Festival

    Salem

    For three days each summer, this free festival transforms downtown Salem into an opportunity for the arts community to showcase... more

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  • Salem Food Tours

    Salem

    Guided food walking tours of historic Salem, Massachusetts. Guests enjoy samples at some of Salem's best restaurants and shops, while... more

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  • Witch Dungeon Museum

    Salem

    Reenactment of witch trial; dungeon tour. more

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  • Witch History Museum

    Salem

    Historically-accurate untold stories of 1692; live presentation and guided tour. more

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