Trying to avoid Boston's summertime crowds? Then it's time to hop in the car and take a scenic road trip. Boston is surrounded by coastal byways, jaw-dropping dams, and idyllic towns steeped in history. Here are three day trips you might want to make over the next few months.
A Drive Along the Coast to Rockport
The 90 miles of coastal roadway that is the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway links 14 picture-perfect Massachusetts communities overlooking the Atlantic. Stop off at Salem to learn of its infamous witch trials and its vibrant history as a seaport. And make sure you get a photo of the Friendship of Salem replica ship. Drive north to Manchester-by-the-Sea, with its stunning beaches, and sink your teeth into one of its luxury lobster rolls. In Gloucester, peruse the antique shops, and learn about the Rocky Neck Art Colony, who took inspiration from this seaside resort with its jaunty fishing shacks and colorful fishing boats. Finish up in Rockport by stretching your legs along its beautifully lit beaches, exploring the abandoned settlement of Dogtown, and watching the sun set over Rockport's twin lighthouses.
A Historic Dam and a Hilltop Garden
You can drive out west to Wachusett Dam from your NEMA Boston apartment in less than 50 minutes. While a day trip to a dam may seem a bit niche, when you're up close to this man-made behemoth, you'll appreciate its majesty — and the fact that it was constructed with 19th century technology. The Wachusett Reservoir — framed with verdant embankments and evergreen forest — forms a tranquil background, and there are some wonderful walks to be had around it. While you're in the area, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, with its apple orchard, cottage garden, and Pliny's Allée, is well worth a visit.
Time Traveling Back to the American Revolutionary War
The beginning of the Battle Road Byway is about 15 minutes from your Boston Seaport apartment. From here, you can embark on a time-traveling adventure, whisking your way through Arlington, Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord to visit key sites of the American Revolutionary War. See the Old Belfry in Lexington from which Capt. John Parker assembled the Lexington militia. Stand on the spot where Paul Revere was captured by the British in Lincoln. And speak to costumed actors — as they play the parts of soldiers and civilians from the era — at Concord's Minute Man National Historical Park.