National Park Service Rangers offer free guided tours of the Black Heritage Trail from April through November and you can follow the trail on a self-guided tour year round.
The Boston African American National Historic Site includes 15 pre-Civil War homes, businesses, schools, and churches that give a picture of Boston's 19th-century African American community.
It's easy to follow, by the line of red bricks in the sidewalk and by footprints at street crossings.
Begin by picking up brochures on the attractions at the Visitor Center in the Boston Common before heading to the State House.
The trail will take you to Old Granary Burying Ground (where Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock are buried), King's Chapel Burying Ground (Boston's oldest cemetery with the graves of Governor John Winthrop and two Mayflower passengers), Old South Meeting House (where the ringing speeches of patriots spawned the Boston Tea Party), and the Old State House.
This is Boston's oldest public building and the site of the Boston Massacre.
The trail continues through Boston's North End, past the Paul Revere House and Old North Church, and ends across the bridge in Charlestown with the 54-gun frigate USS Constitution and the 220-foot granite Bunker Hill Monument.
Known as the "cradle of liberty," Faneuil Hall was built in 1740-42 by Huguenot merchant Peter Faneuil as a market hall and presented to the city on condition that it should always be open to the public.Here, you'll find two of America's most prestigious and important universities, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).These and the many other universities and colleges in the area help keep Boston a youthful and vibrant place to be, with a lively cultural scene.Perhaps no other city in America holds as much history of the colonial and Revolutionary War era as Boston.It's not surprising then that its main sites have become a pilgrimage trail for Americans and for others who hope to get a sense of that history.Adjoining it on the west side of Charles Street, is the 24-acre Public Garden, America's oldest botanical garden, as well as Victorian-style monuments and statues, including an equestrian statue of George Washington and popular modern bronzes of a family of ducks immortalized in Robert Mc Closkey's children's book Make Way for the Ducklings.