Side Trips from Boston Travel Guide


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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.


Side Trips from Boston Hotels

Although Boston has everything from luxury hotels to charming bed-and-breakfasts, the signature accommodation outside... read more


Side Trips from Boston Restaurants

Massachusetts invented the fried clam, and it’s served in many North Shore restaurants. Creamy clam chowder is another... read more


Side Trips from Boston Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Early American history: From Plimoth Plantation to Salem, Concord, and Lexington, you can visit colonial-reenactment museums,... Read more

  • Literary Concord

    The first wholly American literary movement was born in Concord, the tiny town west of Boston that, quite coincidentally, also witnessed... Read more

  • The First Witch Trial

    It was in Danvers, not Salem, that the first witch trial was held, originating with the family of Samuel Parris, a minister who moved to... Read more

  • Thar She Blows

    Ships depart regularly for whale-watching excursions from April or May through October, from coastal towns all along the bay. Humpbacks,... Read more


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