Side Trips from Boston: Places to Explore

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  • Concord

    The Concord of today is a modern suburb with a busy center filled with arty shops, places to eat, and (recalling the literary history made here) old bookstores. Autumn lovers, take note: Concord...

  • Essex

    The small seafaring town of Essex, once an important shipbuilding center, is surrounded by salt marshes and is filled with antiques stores and seafood restaurants.

  • Gloucester

    On Gloucester’s fine seaside promenade is a famous statue of a man steering a ship’s wheel, his eyes searching the horizon. The statue, which honors those who go down to the sea in ships, was...

  • Ipswich

    Quiet little Ipswich, settled in 1633 and famous for its clams, is said to have more 17th-century houses standing and occupied than any other place in America; more than 40 were built before 1725....

  • Lexington

    Discontent with the British, American colonials burst into action in Lexington in April 1775. On April 18, patriot leader Paul Revere alerted the town that British soldiers were approaching. The...

  • Marblehead

    Marblehead, with its narrow and winding streets, beautifully preserved clapboard homes, sea captains’ mansions, and harbor, looks much as it must have when it was founded in 1629 by fishermen...

  • New Bedford

    In 1652 colonists from Plymouth settled in the area that now includes the city of New Bedford. The city has a long maritime tradition, beginning as a shipbuilding center and small whaling port in...

  • Newburyport

    Newburyport’s High Street is lined with some of the finest examples of Federal-period (roughly, 1790–1810) mansions in New England. The city was once a leading port and shipbuilding center;...

  • Plymouth

    On December 26, 1620, 102 weary men, women, and children disembarked from the Mayflower to found the first permanent European settlement north of Virginia (they had found their earlier landing in...

  • Rockport

    Rockport, at the very tip of Cape Ann, derives its name from the local granite formations. Many Boston-area structures are made of stone cut from its long-gone quarries. Today the town is a...

  • Salem

    Known for years as the Witch City, Salem is redefining itself. Though numerous witch-related attractions and shops still draw tourists, there’s much more to the city. But first, a bit on its...

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