Screens and books simply can’t do it justice. The Gettysburg Battlefield is, after all, deeply hallowed ground. You wouldn’t look at an internet image of the Statue of Liberty and expect to get the full experience, right? The same is 100% true for this historic battleground.
Now, folks generally associate the Gettysburg Battlefield with the hot, humid days of summer, especially since the battle itself took place on the first three days of July 1863. Ironically, that’s exactly what makes winter such a good time to visit Gettysburg.
Mayor John Hynes put the plan in motion, marking the 2.5 mile long trail with the iconic red bricks that we know today. By the time that the Freedom Trail was completed, 40,000 people were walking it each year! Around four million people walk the Freedom Trail every year now.
Without factoring in the time taken to experience all of the stops, it should take an average walker about a couple of hours to complete a 2.5 mile journey on foot. However, the additional time taken to visit the sites is entirely up to you.
The Boston Freedom Trail is an urban hike with plenty of access to food, water and directions if you get turned around, but you will still want to have a good self-guided app, a pair of walking shoes, snacks and water.
Boston’s Freedom Trail is a collection of museums, city parks, historic sites, graveyards and even a massive frigate ship affectionately called “Old Ironsides.” All of these fascinating sites are connected over a 2.5 mile long trail that winds its way through the heart of Boston.
Paul Revere's three story home is located in Boston’s North End or “Little Italy”. Built in 1680 and is the original home and not a replica. It’s the oldest house in Boston. Paul Revere didn’t grow up in the house, rather he lived in it from 1770 to 1800.