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Boston: Freedom Trail Self-Guided Tour

1. Boston: Freedom Trail Self-Guided Tour

Embark on an adventure through the United States' history and discover fascinating stories about Colonial America and the Revolutionary War. On this self-guided tour, led by GPS, explore Boston’s Freedom Trail at your own pace and learn about this fascinating period of history. Begin the experience in the center of the city at Boston Common. Hear stories about the common’s history and how the first settlers founded the city. Next stop is Massachusetts State House followed by the 54th Regiment Memorial where you’ll learn about the Civil War. Continue to Park Street Church and discover the importance of this landmark, then find out about the iconic figures buried at the Granary Burying Ground. Arrive at the Latin School next, one of the city’s most notable attractions due to its impressive alumni. From here, reach the Old South Meeting, built in 1729, then explore the Boston Massacre site and hear about the incident that occurred here. Faneuil Hall, the Holocaust Memorial, Haymarket, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, make up the last leg of the tour, which ends at the Bunker Hill Monument.

Gloucester: Scenic Cape Ann & Rockport Self-Driving Tour

2. Gloucester: Scenic Cape Ann & Rockport Self-Driving Tour

Start a journey through the less-explored part of Massachusetts. Discover scenic beaches and historic towns as you drive, listen to the stories provided on the tour app, and stop for photos throughout the tour whenever you like. Begin the tour in Gloucester. When you drive, the app will provide instructions on how to use it. Then, head toward State Fort Park where you will hear about the Tablet Rock. From there, move on to the Fisherman’s Wives memorial and learn about its significance. Proceed on to the Fisherman’s Memorial over the Blynnman Canal Bridge before stopping for a stroll at Gloucester HarborWalk. Enjoy the view of the sea and pay a visit to the Maritime Museum, if you want. Next, see whales from the Cape Ann Whale watchpoint before discovering one of the oldest colonies in the U.S., Rocky Neck Art Colony. Make further stops at Niles Beach, Beauport Mansion, Eastern Point Lighthouse, Good Harbor Beach, and Pebble Beach. After Pebble Beach, you will be approaching Rockport before beginning the return journey to Gloucester. This part of the tour has some trivia and interesting spots to keep you engaged. On the way back, pass Halibut Point State Park and Harvey Reservation. If you want, you can take a break at Plum Cove Beach after the park. The tour then concludes at the Goose Cove reservation.

Cambridge: Harvard Campus Self-Guided Walking Tour

3. Cambridge: Harvard Campus Self-Guided Walking Tour

Explore your way on this self-guided walking tour of Harvard University’s campus in Cambridge. Visit the most iconic spots of the Ivy League campus with the help of an app that functions as your guide, narrator, and map. See animated videos that let you visualize parts of the tour. To start, simply set up the tour guide app on your phone and arrive at the starting point of the tour. Step into the life of a Harvard student and visit the heart of Harvard University's campus: Harvard Square. See and learn about the John Harvard Statue, Widener Library, former dorms of famous alumni like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Natalie Portman, and more.

Salem Witch Trials Self-Guided Audio Tour

4. Salem Witch Trials Self-Guided Audio Tour

Join a spooky self-guided tour that will help you to explore Salem's past and learn about the events that took place there. Explore some of the town's most notable landmarks and places connected to the famous witch trials. Along the way, there are plenty of optional detours available for those looking for a little more. The experience begins at the Salem Armory. From there, walk to the 1692 Memorial, where the victims of the witch panic are memorialized. Get to know many of the key figures who found themselves swept up by the plague of fear and paid the ultimate price. Next, you’ll see the Old Burying Point, where many of the trials’ victims and aggressors were laid to rest. Listen to the tragically heroic tale of Giles Corey as you walk through the gravestones, a man who refused to bow to the nightmare overtaking his town and was immortalized in The Crucible. After that, you’ll pass by some of Salem’s spookiest architecture, including the Joshua Ward House and the Old Town Hall. You’ll also hear of the secret tunnels which run beneath some of these buildings, many of which still exist to this day. Continue on past the old jailhouse, where innocent people were subjected to cruelty so terrible that some suggest their spirits never really left. You'll hear about Hollywood’s many forays into Salem, including hits like Hocus Pocus and Bewitched. Pass by the Witch Museum on your way back and hear about how all the madness finally came to an end. The final stop brings you to the Salem Common, where the tour wraps up with some things you probably didn’t know about the aftermath of the trials.

Boston: Self-Guided Freedom Trail Walking Audio Tour w/ App

5. Boston: Self-Guided Freedom Trail Walking Audio Tour w/ App

Discover Boston's Revolutionary history on a Freedom Trail self-guided audio walking tour with an app. Explore historic downtown Boston, the North End, and Charlestown all at your own pace and without the crowds. Simply press start and follow the arrow on the app to find your next stop, listening to professional narration along your way. Head off on a historical adventure through Boston's colorful past with this self-guided tour of the Freedom Trail. Start by walking through downtown Boston and see the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Sam Adams grave, Old South, and much more. Then, continue by following the directions on your app to Boston's North End. See Paul Revere's House, Copp's Hill Burial Ground, Old North, and more to truly get a flavor of what this part of the city has to offer. Carry on to Charlestown to see Bunker Hill, the USS Constitution, and more. Best of all, take the tour anytime, at your own pace, and on your own schedule. This tour never expires on your downloaded app, so you can take it as many times as you like.

Salem: Self-Guided Ghost Tour

6. Salem: Self-Guided Ghost Tour

Walk Salem's spooky streets on a smartphone-guided ghost tour. Listen to professionally narrated stories and discover unnerving legends as you make your way to some of Salem's most haunted locations. Charged smartphone in hand, set out on a ghoulish tour that takes you to eerie sites like the Witch House, the Salem Inn, the Salem Witch Trial Memorial, and many more. Hear stories about the lady in blue, the underground tunnels, the ghost of the strangler, and others. This tour is app-based and uses GPS navigation, guiding you turn by turn to the most haunted locations in Salem. Go at your own pace and take the tour at any time, even exploring the city during the witching hour if you like.

Martha's Vineyard: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

7. Martha's Vineyard: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Experience the highlights of one of Massachusett's most beloved islands and popular vacation spots. Take advantage of the flexibility to set your own pace between stops during the self-guided app-based audio tour. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Begin your tour of Martha’s Vineyard right off the ferry in Vineyard Haven. As you drive along the coast, you’ll hear about the Wampanoag tribe and how the island got its unusual name. See the characteristic architecture of past times starting with the 1876 Flying Horses Carousel. Admire the delightful pastel facades of the "gingerbread houses" in Oak Bluffs and the community's treasured Tabernacle campground. Visit a neighborhood museum to enrich your visit and find a souvenir. Next, you’ll head to Inkwell Beach, a beautiful stretch of sand with an unfortunate history. Find out how a genetic mutation resulted in Martha’s Vineyard residents creating their very own form of sign language. As you continue south, you’ll learn more about how the island fared during the tumultuous times of the American Revolution. Afterward, see the beach where Steven Spielberg filmed an iconic scene from the movie Jaws. Feel a connection with the natural world as you discover the flora and fauna of Caroline Tuthill Wildlife Preserve. Next, you’ll reach Lighthouse Beach, home to an iconic lighthouse that was originally built almost 200 years ago. Step back in time as you pass through the quaint historic district of Edgartown. Hear about the island’s mysterious disappearing deer and the 1938 New England Hurricane, which devastated local communities. Your tour will end in South Beach, where you will discover a placid bay and dramatic beach in the same setting. The audio tour is curated by local guides and creative writers and is narrated by professional voice artists. Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or building interiors.

Barnstable: Cape Cod and Provincetown Self-Drive Audio Tour

8. Barnstable: Cape Cod and Provincetown Self-Drive Audio Tour

This self-guided audio and GPS tour allows you to explore Massachusetts’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility, safety, and value. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. All audio plays automatically based on location. To begin the tour, start at the Cape Cod Visitor Center, following the route and speed limit for the best experience. Explore the rugged, mystical beauty of Cape Cod and learn all about the history of the areas as you see famous sights like Cape Cod Visitor Center and Pilgrim Monument. As you enjoy the scenery, discover the history and culture of the Nauset tribe. Continue to Eastham and trek down to First Encounter Beach, where the Nausets had their first contact with Europeans. See Cape Cod’s prettiest lighthouses, and hear about the importance of these buildings. The route has plenty of optional detours where you can make stops, like at the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. Arrive in Provincetown, a thriving cultural center culture. Check out the art galleries, boutiques, and theaters, and embrace the bohemian culture. Your audio tour ends at the northern tip of the Cape, where the Mayflower first landed.

Boston: Underground Railroad Audio App Self-Guided Tour

9. Boston: Underground Railroad Audio App Self-Guided Tour

Explore the rich and sometimes dark history behind Beacon Hill's Underground Railroad on a self-guided walking tour using an audio-guided app. See the old hidden alley where slave catchers once chased runaways. Visit the stops on the underground railroad where runaway slaves hid and hear the stories of the brave souls that risked their lives to keep them safe. Start the tour at the iconic Charles Street meeting house, the building that Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglas, and many abolitionist leaders gave powerful speeches to end slavery. End the tour at the African Meeting house, a historic site in Boston that is often overlooked by tours. Follow your app's GPS that navigates you step by step through Beacon Hill and shares the stories with you as you walk. Feel like you have a personal tour guide with you every step of the way, only it's on your phone and you move at your own pace, stopping whenever you like.

Boston: Historical City Center Exploration Game

10. Boston: Historical City Center Exploration Game

Imagine you’re a professional record-setter who aims to be the first in everything you do, but how do you become the first at everything? Simple. You race to be the first person to visit every "first" in a country, a feat you can only accomplish in one place - Boston. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Up for a fun challenge? Start at Boston’s Public Library. The game will take you around 1.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Union Oyster House. After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phone. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

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Purchased this to do a walking tour with my exhausted teenaged son on the last day of a 7 day whirlwind Northeast college tour. He was too tired to do the whole thing but I coaxed him to Faneuil Hall for lunch then did a bit of it from there and then listened to the rest. The tour was informative. It gave cues on how to walk to the next point. It is GPS linked so senses when the next tour spot is reached. It has not audio and text to read. It has additional information that one can opt into. The app was super easy to use. In short, no weaknesses in this experience. I will definitely purchase more of these on future trips!!

We really enjoyed this tour it provided just enough story for each stop. Audio would automagically come to life upon approach to a site with video. You could also toggle between map and story easily. There were even extra alternative sites off the route you could venture to. We will use it again and highly recommend!

We had a great time walking the trail! I loved having this guide as an alternative to using a group tour. We could spend as much or as little time at each spot as we wanted

Found it very easy to follow, very interesting, enjoyed it very much.

It was very informative and you can do it at your own pace.