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Side Trips from Boston Travel Guide

Plan Your Side Trips from Boston Vacation

History lies thick on the ground in the towns surrounding Boston—from Pilgrims to pirates, witches to whalers, the American Revolution to the Industrial Revolution. The sights outside the city are at least as interesting as those on Boston’s Freedom Trail. When you’re ready to trade history lessons for beach fun, Cape Cod to the south and the North Shore to the northeast entice

sand-and-sun seekers.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Early American history From Plimoth Plantation to Salem, Concord, and Lexington, you can visit colonial-reenactment museums, Revolutionary War battle sites, historic homes, and inns.
  2. Seafaring communities Set off on a whale watch from Gloucester, warm yourself after a windy coastal walk in Rockport with clam chowder, and admire the dedicated routine of local fishermen.
  3. Revisit your reading Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of Seven Gables still stands in Salem. Liberate yourself with a swim in Thoreau’s Walden Pond. In Concord, see where both Louisa May Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson penned their works.
  4. Cranberry bogs The bogs’ red, green, gold, and blue colors dot Cape Cod and the Plymouth area.
  5. The Mayflower II The story of the Pilgrims’ Atlantic crossing comes alive in Plymouth.

When To Go

When to Go

The dazzling foliage and cool temperatures make fall the best time to visit Massachusetts. Summer, especially late in the season when the water i...

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