The Freedom Trail is anything but about freedom. There are plenty of other cool old streets to wonder around without the masses.
Unique Suggestions Don't get me wrong, it's a nice way to get to all the main tourist attractions in town but do stray from the path.
Fun Alternatives Use the trail to see all the main sights, preferably early in the morning so it's not so crowded and use side streets when you can to see more of the real city.
The Freedom Trail. This red line that runs along the sidewalk takes visitors on a walking historic tour of the city. It's great if you're really interested in seeing the best-preserved historic sites, but the route is often crammed with clueless tourists as well as the usual Boston crowd. Many of the destinations are highly overrated, and it's probably best to take them in while passing by to less-mobbed (and quainter) places. In fact, I'm not recommending skipping any of Boston's famous historic sites, in fact I list many here. Simply encounter them differently than walking the mobbed and sometimes not very straightforward line.
Paul Revere's House along the Freedom Trail. Alright, so most of the Freedom Trail is quite touristy, but it's an authentic historical kind of 'touristy'. While most of this attraction is free, certain parts (like Paul Revere's House) require a fee before you're allowed in. Seeing it from the outside was good enough for me...
Photo: Standing infront of the Paul Revere House. 'I'm not going to pay for that!' ;)
Hardly any of the 'historic sites' are worth a price of admission. Go to the Park Service Visitor Center at 15 State Street behind the old state house, and walk the Freedom Trail. It's free, with satisfy any history buff, and moves right along. Two things - watch the tempature and wear comfortable shoes!
The Freedom trail, It's a line painted around Boston that passes 14 Historic sites . Do it on your own or by trolly.
These are friends of ours that came with us.This was outside the lobby of our hotel .
This self-guided trail through downtown Boston, passes most of the historically significant sites in Beantown.
Unique Suggestions Just get a block away from the trail occasionally, you'll be amazed how the crowds thin.