Boston is a great city and you could spend a lot of time there, but Massachusetts has so many great cities that it is hard to stay in just one location. If you are looking to get out of Boston and explore the surrounding area I would recommend these three easy day trips!
1. Salem, Massachusetts
If you are heading to the Boston area, you have probably already considered also visiting Salem to learn all about the Witch Trials. Salem is one of those places that if you don’t see it for yourself you will always wonder what its like. There are tons of tourist attractions and restaurants to keep you busy all day long. My favourite things were the Trolley Tour and the Salem Witch Museum. Check out My Guide to Salem for more great tips and information!
We arrived in Salem via the Fast Ferry. It took us about an hour to get from the Boston waterfront to the Salem Harbour. The ferry was pricey ($45 US ea) but I really enjoyed the Ocean views and the wind in my hair first thing in the morning. You can also arrive in Salem via the commuter rail, by renting a car or taking the bus. We took the Commuter rail back into Boston in the evening very easily – picked it up at the station, paid on board ($7.50 US), got off at North Station and took the T back to our hotel.
2. Plymouth, Massachusetts
A great place for American History Buffs. We rented a car to drive out to Cape Cod for the day and we made a detour on a whim when we saw the sign for Plymouth Rock. This is another tourist attraction that I felt I really wanted to see because of what it is, but it really is just a rock. A small rock. But again, glad I saw it.
We arrived by rental car from Boston in just under an hour. You can also take the commuter rail from Boston’s South Station. We just stopped here for a short visit to see the ‘rock’ but you could also visit the Mayflower II and the Plymouth Plantation.
3. Provincetown, Cape Cod
Although I believe Cape Cod is worthy of way more than a day trip, if you only have a day to spend there definitely do it. The clear ocean water, the wildlife and the beautiful sandy beaches make this day trip a must do! It costs $20 US to enter the National Sea Shore but you can visit any of the beaches that day with your pass. We visited Herring Cove Beach to swim during the day and Rock Point Beach in the evening for the sunset and to watch the Seals.
We arrived by rental car, it takes about 2 hours to drive to Provincetown which is at the very tip of the cape, but it was a beauty of a day so we got stuck in a little bit of traffic. You can also take the Provincetown Ferry right out of the Boston Harbour (also from Plymouth).
Thanks for sharing my adventures with me!! – Kiera