The city of Boston is an excellent base to explore many neighboring attractions. Several of these attractions are associated with the Pilgrims and their settlements. Some others are linked with the American Revolution. These popular historic sites can be visited as day trips from Boston. In this blog, we list for you some of the top destinations that you can visit as day trips from Boston.
- Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Stellwagen Bank, located off the coast of Massachusetts, is known for its rich underwater marine life. It is one of the best places in the US for whale watching. Such is the probability of seeing a whale that several tour agencies actually offer a free cruise if no whale could be spotted the first time. The most common sightings are of the humpback whales, fin whales and mink whales. If you are lucky, you may even get to see the sperm whale, blue whale, white beaked dolphin, and bottlenose dolphin. You can find whale-watching cruise agencies in Boston, Plymouth, and Cape Cod region.
- Wrentham Village Outlet Shopping
How about a day trip dedicated to shopping, and shopping only? Sounds good? Then Wrentham Village Premium Outlets is the place for you. It is located about 40 miles south west of Boston and has over 170 premium outlet stores in the complex. You can shop some of the biggest brands in the business like Versace, Ferragamo, and Calvin Klein. Saks Fifth Avenue, Banana Republic, DKNY, and Bloomingdale’s also have their outlets at Wrentham. Here is a tip: take the tour bus service to the outlet center, as the passengers are usually gifted with coupon books and discounts.
The city of Newport is located on Aquidneck Island on the northeastern coast of the US, about 80 miles south of Boston. Newport is best known for its historic stately mansions. These mansions were built as summer retreats by the super rich from New York. Each an attraction on its own, these mansions reflect the wealth and grandeur of these families. The most fascinating is the 70-room Italian-Renaissance styled ‘the Breakers’. Marble House and Belcourt Castle are others that you cannot miss. Once you are done touring the mansions, head to Cliff Walk or the beaches to enjoy the scenic beauty of New England.
- New England Coast
The scenic coastline of New England is not only a photographer’s delight, it also makes a great day trip with the whole family. You can drive northward along I-95 N highway, parallel to the coastline, and discover a number of beautiful seaside towns. Plum Island, Salisbury, Hampton Beach, right up to Kennebunkport, about 85 miles north, are each an attraction on their own. You will not be able to visit all the places in a day, so pick your favorite and head out.
- Boston to the Bronx
This is one of the very popular road trips of the region. It takes about 3.5 hours to cover 200 miles one way. There are a number of routes, but the most recommended for its scenic beauty is the I-95 S. You will pass through the cities of Providence, New London, and New Haven, along with a number of parks and beaches. Start early if you want to return the same day. The other option is to make this a weekend trip and stay overnight at Bronx. Either ways, you will have a road trip to remember a lifetime.
The coastal city of Salem is located in northeastern Massachusetts, 15 miles north of Boston. According to historians, Salem was a prominent port city, its importance sometimes superseding that of neighboring Boston during the colonial period, especially in relation to Chinese trade. Although the city is best known for the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692, it has a lot more to offer to the visiting tourists. Salem is home to several interesting museums, historic landmarks, and heritage sites like the Peabody Essex Museum, Stephen Phillips Memorial Trust House, House of the Seven Gables, and the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.
- Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II
Plimoth Plantation is an open-air living history museum located near the northeastern coast of Plymouth. It was established in 1947 to recreate the original settlements of the European settlers in the 17th century, complete with actors in period costumes. The recreations were done based on paintings, documents, and artifacts from that period. The plank fencing along with the mud and straw huts reflect the harsh conditions that the English settlers faced when they first arrived here. The Mayflower II is an exact replica of the Mayflower, the ship which sailed from England to North America in 1620 with European settlers. The replica was made in England in 1956. In 1957, it set sail from Plymouth in England across the Atlantic to the US to recreate the journey of the Mayflower. Mayflower was kept at the port area and was open for tours to the public.
- Lexington and Concord
Lexington and Concord are 2 small towns located less than 20 miles north west of Boston. They are forever etched in American history for the Battle of Lexington and Concord — the ‘outbreak of armed conflict’ between the 13 colonies of America against the British monarchy. Both the towns and the region in between are dotted with many monuments, memorials, and sites that are associated with that battle of 1775. Most famous of these is the Minute Man Statue in the Minute Man National Historic Park.
- Cape Cod
Cape Cod is located in southeastern Massachusetts, 65 miles south east of Boston. It is a flexing-arm shaped peninsula projecting into the Atlantic Ocean. The region has become a favorite summer vacation spot with tourists for its beautiful beaches, natural scenery, and laid-back atmosphere. The wide range of attractions and accommodations make Cape Cod suitable for every pocket and interest. Some of the most well known destinations in Cape Cod include Provincetown, Sandwich, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard.
The city of Portsmouth is where history seems to stand still, at least at the various historic and heritage sites. It is located 55 miles north of Boston, in the neighboring state of New Hampshire. Portsmouth is one of the oldest cities in the USA, incorporated in 1653. It was once a major naval base and was home to many rich merchants who lived in their stunningly beautiful Victorian homes. Today, this friendly romantic town is a mix of the old and the new. Tourists can visit the museums in downtown or enjoy a drink or a meal at one of the several riverside bars and restaurants. Other attractions in that region include beaches, urban parks, a historic fort and a lighthouse. Portsmouth is the ideal place to have a relaxing trip with the family.
Originally posted 2017-09-05 07:26:14.