As a port city in a historic region, Boston provides easy access to a number of day excursions. By land or sea, visitors to Boston will find New England charm as they journey outside the city, either along the coast or into the countryside. From Concord to Cape Cod, unique exploration beckons just beyond Boston.
Head to the waterfront where Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC) ferry service will take visitors to the Boston Harbor Islands and other areas of Massachusetts. Take a ferry up to Salem, the witch city of 17th century lore, where you can visit the Peabody Essex Museum, the House of Seven Gables, and of course the Salem Witch Museum. BHC and Bay State Cruises offer service to Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod, an eclectic artists’ community teeming with galleries, used book stores, quaint restaurants and beautiful beaches.
Head west of Boston by car or rail to visit to Lexington and Concord, charming colonial towns with rich literary and Revolutionary War Era history. The Liberty Ride will highlight many of the historic landmarks, including the Orchard House, Emerson House, Concord Museum and Minute Man National Historical Park. Stay over at the Aloft Lexington or The Inn at Hastings Park and enjoy all that Lexington has to offer.
Head south by car or rail to see Plimoth Plantation, and a replica ship, Mayflower II, based on the vessel that brought the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620. Learn about the native Wampanoag Tribe that encountered the Pilgrims, as well as life in a 17th century English village. Continue south and arrive on Cape Cod, a summer destination featuring gorgeous locales and beaches from Falmouth to Hyannis, Harwick and Chatham. From Hyannis you can take ferry service to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Make a night out of it and stay at the Chatham Bars Inn or the White Elephant on Nantucket.
New England is a compact region with diverse excursions at your fingertips. The Newport Mansions are spectacular, the White Mountains of New Hampshire are expansive, and southern Maine is a coastal paradise. Come to Boston and journey beyond; New England is calling you!