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Salem: Introductory General History Tour

1. Salem: Introductory General History Tour

Start the tour with an introduction to the history of Salem and its humble beginnings. Find out about how whilst Salem is known for the infamous witchcraft trials, it has so many more interesting stories. Discover how it was once one of the largest seaports in the US, was an important city to the American revolution, and has been home to famous writers, celebrities, inventors, politicians, and more. As you begin the walking tour, hear amazing stories of people who lived and visited the quaint historic city as well as see buildings, homes, and locations where remarkable events occurred. See where the revolutionaries met to plan the rebellion for this area, where Houdini escaped from jail, and the first Federal style building built in Salem that holds a dark secret in its basement. Next, learn about various pop culture as your guide reveals which movies and TV shows were shot in Salem as well as the celebrities that came here. See where Alexander Graham Bell lived and where he made the first phone call. Discover how a total of 18 US Presidents have visited Salem and some more than once. Finally, enjoy a stroll through the McIntire District where you will view the Ropes Mansion, Witch House, and Bowditch House. Come away from the tour with a renewed appreciation for Salem's importance over the last 400 years. 

Boston: Walking the Freedom Trail Exploration Game

2. Boston: Walking the Freedom Trail Exploration Game

Trace the steps of the Founding Fathers of the United States with a self-guided city exploration game on your phone. Discover buildings and landmarks related to the American War of Independence as you explore Boston at your own pace. Start the game at Massachusetts State House and explore at your own pace. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. See the Old City Hall, the Boston Massacre Sites well as many other local landmarks within the city related to the Founding Fathers. Park. Pause the game at any time to explore points of interest further on a fully self-guided adventure. Resume your tour from any location where you paused it. Finally, finish up your exploration of Boston at the statue of Samuel Adams.

Salem: Ancestors and Descendants Witch Trial Walking Tour

3. Salem: Ancestors and Descendants Witch Trial Walking Tour

Learn about the history and descendants of those involved with the Salem Witch Trials. Discover the most important sights in the downtown area and learn about the key people involved in the trials almost 400 years ago. Visit the Salem Witch Trials Memorial and the Old Burying Point Cemetery, where judges of the trials are buried. Listen to tales about a descendant's role in the American Revolution and the town's legacy as the richest seaport per capita from 1790 to 1812. Learn about the approximately 200 people accused of witchcraft, along with the 70 victims, nine judges, dozens of jurors, and hundreds of observers who were all involved in the 1692 witch trials. Hear about other descendants - some famous and some infamous. Many people do not know they're descended from the Salem Witch Trials - perhaps you're one of them.

Boston: American Revolution Walking & Driving Private Tour

4. Boston: American Revolution Walking & Driving Private Tour

Discover the history of the American Revolution on a private self-guided walking and driving tour. Explore the freedom trail of Boston, Harborwalk, and more at your own pace with an audio guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking. Download the app and start the tour with your mobile phone as your guide. You will hear about the history, and the battles fought on the grounds.  Walk in the shoes of the Founding Fathers on the Freedom Trail and hear how the first sparks of revolution flew in Boston. Learn about the Sons of Liberty and uncover the truth about misunderstood events like the Boston Massacre. Next, reach Boston’s Harborwalk and revisit the fiery lead-up to the American Declaration of Independence. Stroll along the waterside and know about the dramatic protest called the Boston Tea Party and get a chance to visit the site. Afterward, head to the famous towns Lexington and Concord. Follow the route of an impossible battle between the American military and the British redcoats. Find out how the Americans turned the tide, and hear what it all meant in the fight for American independence. Then head to Valley Forge, where General George Washington faced some of his toughest challenges. Here, you will explore the remains of Washington’s 18th-century camp and hear the harrowing tale of how frigid temperatures, starvation, and desertion nearly pulled the American army apart. Finally, you will tour Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was first signed. Hear stories about Ben Franklin and the other revolutionaries who called this city home. See the iconic landmarks like the famous Liberty Bell and Elfreth’s Alley, maintained just as it was in the 1700s.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 21 reviews

The gentleman guide that we had was very informative and seemed to actually enjoy what he was doing which made for a very pleasant experience. It was entirely worth it and would recommend it.

There is so much more to Salem than the witch trials so glad we were able to get on this tour and learn the rich history of this unique city.

This tour was great!! Learned a lot about the non witch history in Salem that I never knew even happened!! Definitely worth it ☺️

Knowledgeable - relaxed - encouraged questions - we enjoyed