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

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Salem Witch Museum

    Salem Witch Museum

    Salem

  • Paul Revere House

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Royalston Falls

    Royalston Falls

    Royalston

  • Adams National Historical Park

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Burial Hill

    Burial Hill

    Plymouth

  • Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

    Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

    Salem

  • Yummy Walks

    Yummy Walks

    Boston

  • Cambridge Historical Tours

    Cambridge Historical Tours

    Cambridge

  • Pilgrim Progress

    Pilgrim Progress

    Plymouth

  • The Old Manse

    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Minute Man National Historical Park

    Concord

  • Museum of African American History

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • Jenney Museum - Faith and the Forefathers,

    Jenney Museum - Faith and the Forefathers,

    Plymouth

  • Maritime Gloucester

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Orange

  • Cape Ann Foodie Tours

    Cape Ann Foodie Tours

    Gloucester

  • Salem Kids Tours

    Salem Kids Tours

    Salem

  • Notchview Reservation

    Notchview Reservation

    Windsor

  • The Salem Night Tour

    The Salem Night Tour

    Salem

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