You read about it in history class, but now is your chance to experience firsthand the places where the American Revolution began with a walk along the Freedom Trail. Each year, more than three million tourists visit the 2.5-mile historical landmark that points out 16 original sites related to the establishment of the country.

Picture 12Every American visiting Boston should take a walk along the famous red line with stops along Paul Revere’s house, the Old South Meeting House and Old North Church. You can print out a map and take the tour individually at your leisure, but there are also guided tours available (including an 18th century costumed guide) where you will learn how these Colonialists dared to challenge Britain and establish our democratic nation.

The best time of year for the individual tour would be April to November as the snow will cover up most of the trail during the winter months. One of the most popular tours is the self-guided audio for $15. Just pick up the audio player at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common and get started!