The Freedom Trail is a 2 1/2 mile walking trail leading to 16 notable, historic sites within Boston and Charlestown Massachusetts, from Boston Common to the USS Constitution. To explore this itinerary, simply go to the first point, and then follow then the red-brick line along the sideways, park paths, and cobblestone streets of old Bostonia. Most of the stops along the way are free to the public, while a few require a small donation, and others have a suggested donation. Along the way you'll encounter characters in authentic dress from the time period, including Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere. You'll also travel through the heart of one of the most walkable metropolitan centers in America, with ample opportunities to sample the cuisine and culture of one of America's oldest cities. This itinerary is great for families with school age children (although the amount of walking might be a bit much for younger children and toddlers), college students, couples, retirees - basically anyone interested in the history of Boston and America et. large. The best time for this itinerary is during a sunny day in the late Spring or Early Fall, avoiding the snow in winter, and the humidity of high summer. Rainy days should also be avoided, as much of the trail is uncovered, and puddles can be difficult to sidestep in Boston's old streets, parks, and cemeteries. Along the way be sure to stop for some great Italian cuisine and desserts in the North End, and to view Boston's stunning waterfront, along the harbor and the River Charles.