Side Trips from Boston

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  • 1. Crane Beach on the Crane Estate


    Crane Beach, one of New England's most stunning beaches, is a sandy, 4-mile-long stretch backed by dunes and a nature trail about an hour from...Read More

  • 2. Peabody Essex Museum


    Salem's world-class museum celebrates superlative works from around the globe and across time, including American art and architecture, Asian...Read More

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  • 3. Plimoth Plantation

    Museum Village

    Against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, and 3 miles south of downtown Plymouth, this living museum shares the rich, interwoven story of...Read More

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  • 4. Salisbury Beach State Reservation


    Relax at the long sandy beach, launch a boat, or just enjoy the water. From Newburyport center, follow Bridge Road north, take a right on Beach...Read More

  • 5. Walden Pond

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    For lovers of Early American literature, a trip to Concord isn't complete without a pilgrimage to Henry David Thoreau's most famous residence...Read More

  • 6. Wingaersheek Beach


    With white sand and dunes, Wingaersheek Beach is a well-protected cove with both a beach side and a boat side. The white Annisquam lighthouse...Read More

  • 7. Abbot Hall


    The town's Victorian-era municipal building, built in 1876, displays Archibald Willard's painting The Spirit of '76. Many visitors, familiar...Read More

  • 8. Adams National Historic Park


    Take a guided tour of the birthplace and homes of Presidents John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams, as well as the Stone Library and Adams...Read More

  • 9. Buckman Tavern

    Historic District/Site

    While waiting for the arrival of the British on the morning of April 19, 1775, the Minutemen gathered at this 1690 tavern. A half-hour tour...Read More

  • 10. Cape Ann Museum


    The Cape Ann Museum celebrates the art, history, and culture of Cape Ann. The museum’s collections include fine art from the 19th century to...Read More

  • 11. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Historic Home

    This 59-room Stuart-style mansion, built in 1927 for Richard Crane—of the Crane plumbing company—and his family, is part of the Crane Estate...Read More

  • 12. Concord Museum


    The original contents of Emerson's private study, as well as the world's largest collection of Thoreau artifacts, reside in this 1930 Colonial...Read More

  • 13. Custom House Maritime Museum


    Built in 1835 in Greek Revival style, this museum contains exhibits on maritime history, ship models, tools, and paintings. ...Read More

  • 14. Essex Shipbuilding Museum


    At what is still an active shipyard, this museum chronicles over 300 years of wooden shipbuilding. Essex launched approximately 4,000 vessels...Read More

  • 15. Fort Sewall

    City Park

    Magnificent views of Marblehead, of the harbor, the Misery Islands, and the Atlantic are best enjoyed from this fort built in 1644 atop the...Read More

  • 16. Good Harbor Beach


    This beach has calm, waveless waters and soft sand, and is surrounded by grassy dunes, making it perfect any time of year. In summer (June,...Read More

  • 17. Hammond Castle Museum


    Inventor John Hays Hammond Jr., credited with more than 500 patents, including remote control via radio waves, built this structure in 1926...Read More

  • 18. Hancock-Clarke House

    Historic District/Site

    On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere came here to warn patriots John Hancock and Sam Adams (who were staying at the house while attending the Provincial...Read More

  • 19. House of the Seven Gables

    Historic Home

    Immortalized in Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel, this site is itself a historic treasure. Built in 1668 and also known as the Turner-Ingersoll...Read More

  • 20. Lexington Common National Historic Site

    Military Sight

    It was on this 2-acre triangle of land, commonly referred to as simply the "Battle Green," on April 19, 1775, that the first confrontation between...Read More

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