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5 Best Day Trips from Boston
If you're in the Boston area, chances are you like to get out of town for a day here and there. There's nothing like leaving your city for a few hours, to return with a new found fondness. The perfect daytrip has all the right elements: an hour or less drive, a picturesque landscape and great foodie spots. Here's a roundup of the 5 best day trips from Boston:
Concord, MA (30 minutes)
If you're in Concord, chances are you've come to see some famous literary sites. Start your day at Walden Pond. Go for a short hike in the woods to Thoreau's cabin, making sure to take some photos to share later on Instagram.
For lunch, check out the Concord Cheese Shop. Grab some gourmet sandwiches to-go and eat in one of the nearby parks surrounded by lush greenery. Another great lunch option is Main Streets Café, where you can try the New England Clam Chowder made with native corn from the family farm in Concord.
Later, stop by Old Manse, a museum that was once home to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. You can check out the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, which sits across the street from Old Manse. This is where you'll find the headstones of some famous American authors: Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott.
Staying for dinner? Try 80 Thoreau, an upscale rustic restaurant with a farm-to-table approach to American dining. For a gourmet dining experience with a sustainable approach, try Woods Hill Table.
Salem, MA (40 minutes)
Start your day with some morning joe from Front Street Coffeehouse, or the Ugly Mug Diner if you're looking for a full breakfast.
Visit the House of the Seven Gables, the infamous colonial mansion popularized by Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1851 novel The House of the Seven Gables. After, you can visit Salem's Witch House, where you can learn about the 1692 witch trials. For lunch, try Longboards Restaurant & Bar or Sea Level Oyster Bar. Both are situated right on the water, so you can eat fresh seafood with some of the best coastal views in Salem. Afterwards, take a stroll to the neighboring lighthouse.
Before you leave town, make sure to grab cookies from Goodnight Fatty. Bonus points if you can make it back to Boston without finishing the box.
Hingham, MA (45 minutes)
Located on the Boston Harbor, Hingham is a small suburban town with plenty of natural landscapes, trails, and reserves to keep you active for the day. Go to World's End, a 251-acre park and conservation area. It's located on a peninsula with plenty of paths to walk and take in the scenery.
Take a picnic basket with you and relax for the afternoon before heading home.
Rockport, MA (50 minutes)
Located just 40 miles from Boston in the North Shore, Rockport is the perfect place for seafood and scenery.
Cape Ann, where Rockport is located, is surprisingly home to a large whale population. You can go whale watching in the morning, or scuba diving at Back Beach. Afterwards, grab a Lobster Roll at Ray Moore Lobster Co.
Gloucester, MA (1 hour)
Also a part of the North Shore, Gloucester is a popular destination for seafood, beautiful white sand beaches, and infamous lighthouses.
If you're looking for a beach day, try Wingaersheek Beach which is one of the most populated beaches on sunny days, and with good reason. With tide pools, white sand, hermit crabs and shallow water to wade in, this place draws crowds from all over New England and beyond. So come early, and be ready for a beach day to remember.
For a late lunch, check out Causeway Restaurant, an Italian family restaurant with local seafood on the menu. For something upscale, try Seaport Grille, a waterfront spot with great seafood, burgers and cocktails.
On your way out of Boston, stop by Plum Cove Beach at sunset, one of the smaller, quieter beaches.