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Best Boston Map for Visitors  January 8, 2013 – 05:00 am

National Park Service downloadable map of BostonLet's face it - a Boston map can be your best friend as you try to find your way around the city's narrow, winding streets.

Some streets change names every block or two, while others suddenly dead-end.

Street signs can be scarce - Yankee frugality? - especially on major roads. Yet alleys seem to not only have names, but also signs.

And then there are streets with seemingly identical names, except for "Court" or "Lane" or "Terrace" at the end - usually abbreviated in some cryptic way.

Even GPS fails - or leads you down the wrong path.

Fortunately, you can easily get excellent maps of Boston for free. This article tells you where to get the best free Boston maps for sightseeing in Boston and creating your own walking tours.

Boston Discovery Guide's Recommended Free Map

The National Park Service's map of the Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail walking routes gets BDG's vote as the best map of central Boston for tourists and other visitors.

Not only do you get a clear view of Boston's two most famous walking trails, but you can also easily see the clearly labeled top attractions, neighborhoods, T stops, and all but the smallest streets, lanes, courtyards, and alleys.

Or, pick up a free copy in person at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center (147 Tremont Street, across from West Street intersection).

Boston Insider's Tip: To get the free NPS map, you have to go up to the counter at the Visitor Center and request it. The maps in the display racks are not free.

Free Trolley Tour Maps

Our leading trolley tour companies produce their own Boston city maps, although they focus just on the area covered by the trolley tours - but that's still a fairly large swath of the city.

The Old Town Trolley map includes a small map of Boston's subway system, while the Beantown Trolley map size is smaller and somewhat more convenient to use. They're free - so get them both and decide when one you like best.

You can almost always find these free maps in city hotels - just ask the concierge - and you'll also be given one if you go on a trolley tour.

Photo of free Boston maps provided by trolley tour companies Pull out Boston map from Eyewitness Travel Boston Guide Boston Discovery Guide's city neighborhood map Photo of Streetwise Paris laminated map


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