Boston area -- nature

Old Nov 28th, 2014, 05:35 AM
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Boston area -- nature

Air France is offering Black Friday sale prices on flights to the US from Europe, with the cheapest being to the East Coast. We would travel sometime the first two weeks of March, for 7-10 days. Washington and Philadelphia are possibilities, but I am thinking of Boston. A day or two there (if we can find an affordable hotel), and then......

We like to get out in nature -- pretty woods, mountains, beaches, nice landscapes, any of those. Anyone have any recommendations for locations where we might spend several days? Shopping is a plus, too.

I realise this is rather vague, but hope someone has some suggestions. Thanks!
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Old Nov 28th, 2014, 07:15 AM
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It will be cool/cold, but we love going to the beaches on Cape Ann (Gloucester, Rockport, etc.) and also Cape Cod in March, for beautiful views, hiking etc. with easy parking without the summer crowds. Both a short drive from Boston. From the Cape you could also take the ferry out to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket.

A little farther to the west are the Berkshires, or to the north west, White Mountains in NH or Green Mts in VT. There will probably still be snow and spring skiing or snowshoeing there if that is something you like.

March can be less than wonderful weather wise, but you have lots of museums to visit inside on those bad days.
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Trying to avoid mountains as it could be too risky, and would like no more than two hours drive from Boston.
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March in Boston is full winter and there is the possibility of significant snow, sleet etc. The countryside will be very dreary - no leaves on trees, grass brown (if you can see it under the snow) and too soon for any flowers..

March in the northeast is a great time to visit cities and indoor pursuits - but the outdoors should be saved for winter sports/activities.

Note: the blizzard of '88 dumped more than 2 feet of snow at the very end of the month.

For reliably warm weather you need to head MUCH farther south.
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March can be early spring or winter, though the first two weeks are much more likely to be cold.
I would not go to Boston for outdoors things then.
If it is perchance warmish in the country it will be muddy.

Go further south, or plan on more city type of activities if in Boston.
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March is the month in which Bostonians go to Florida or the Caribbean.

For those who do not, it is usually a great month for museums and concerts of all sorts. Boston is a good city for walking, and there are pleasant days to walk in the city or you can take a train to Salem, an historic smaller city with a spectacular museum.

Winter ends March 21, but it may well snow until early April.

If you were skiers, you could go to the White Mountains (you can take a bus).
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Hadn't realised it would still be deepest winter. Guess if we do anything, it would be out of Washington. Thanks all!
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A much better choice. It should be quite pleasant, and the attraction are largely free!
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You should know that DC is not much warmer than Boston - usually not so much snow - but when you are going still isn;t spring yet. Spring in DC is usually Cherry Blososm time - early /mid April.

The northeast US typically has colder and longer winters than much of europe.
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It will almost certainly be in the high 50's/low 60's in DC. Daffodils will be in bloom. There will be a chill in the air at night, but the days will be much better than Boston.
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In March DC high averages in the low 50s and average low is in the low 30s. It will be warmer than Boston - but still cold at night. You might get by with lined raincoats - but perhaps not based on your tolerance of cold.
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The days in DC will feel Springy, Boston will likely feel like winter as will NY.
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As mentioned Boston and area will likely still be pretty cool. And by that I don't mean only possible cold and snow but also no spring blooms and leaves on trees. So much for "pretty woods" and "nice landscapes." Some parts of New England do have natural beauty but coming from the Missouri Ozarks I find many places of natural beauty. Yes, some parts of Maine, Vermont, western Mass. etc. are pretty. And the Cape has its own ocean view beauty.
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