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Day Trips from Boston

I'll be in Boston for 8 days at the end of May and want to see some sights outside the Boston area (maybe a day trip or a night or two). I'm open to different types of places. Anyone have any suggestions for two adults in their late twenties? Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Day Trips from Boston

Do you have a car? Will you rent a car? Or will you be relying on public transportation? And what's your criteria for interesting sights? What kinds of things do you want to see or do??

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We'll be renting a car. Weather permitting, the outdoors, maybe hiking somewhere or historic towns, museums, etc.

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Here are a few suggestions that are 3 hours or less from Boston

--Ogunquit, York, Wells, Kennebunkport Maine

--Portsmouth, NH

--Rockport, Gloucester, Salem, MA

--White Mountains-North Conway, Franconia Notch

---Meredith,NH, Lake Winnipesaukee,

"Castle in the Clouds"

--Burlington, VT

--Plymouth, MA

--North Hampton, MA

--Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket

--Newport, RI

--Mystic, CT

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For hiking.

Close to Boston check out Blue Hill http://www.massaudubon.org/

Mount Monadnock in Southern NH is a favorite of mine and many others. It is the second most climbed mountain in the world. (Fuji the first) Lots of trails and levels of difficulty.

…mass.edu/brink/…monadtr.html

Salem MA, Portsmouth NH, Cape Ann towns and Sturbridge MA are all about an hours drive (Salem can be reached by ferry or train)

Newport RI is an amazing town.- Shops, Seaport, mansions, cliff walk

Firewater in providence is cool

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I suggest the Franconia Notch/White Mountains of New Hampshire. You would have to be out of Boston by 7am for the 2.5 hour drive if you don't want to be coming back late at night. Head north on 93 all the way until you reach the North Woodstock area. There you will find places to visit like...

http://www.visitnh.gov/flume/index.html

http://www.findlostriver.com/

http://www.clarkstradingpost.com/

http://www.visitnh.gov/tram/index.html

From there, pick up route 112 east. This is the Kancamagus Highway. Very pretty drive with lots to see.

byways.org/explore/byways/2458/stories/47172

The end of the "Kanc" will land you in North Conway. You could take a ride on the Scenic Railroad or shop till you drop at the tax free, discount outlets.

http://www.northconwaynh.com/

Travel back to Boston by taking route 16 south to route 95 south to route 1 south. Drive time back is slightly longer than 2.5 hours. Long day but definitely one you won't soon forget.

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BCC and anyone else interested in Fire Water in Providence. Just saw on the news last night that Fire Water will be significantly cut back this year. Lost corporate sponsorship is to blame. They will still have some, just not as many, unless new sponsorship steps up. Pretty unfortunate as I love it.

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7. Re: Day Trips from Boston

I would not recommend a day trip to the White Mts, while very beautiful, you're talking at least 5 hours driving for one day. I second the NorthHampton Ma area as well as southern NH or even southern VT.

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BCC amd Will-

It is called "Waterfire" not Fire Water but the schedule still is not posted. Will is right about the funding. It is a fantastic event.

http://www.waterfire.org/

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9. Re: Day Trips from Boston

Me and my 63 year old parents take day trips to the Berkshires every summer. We drive from southeastern, Mass. to Stockbridge. We'll then take route 7 all the way to Williamstown, stopping all along the way to eat, take pictures, browse country stores and stop at scenic overlooks amongst other things that interest us. We'll then head back the slow route via the Mohawk Trail, stopping along the way to enjoy places like the Bridge of Flowers. I'll drop them off back home and still be back to my place by 9pm. A 12-14 hour day in the books. Am I tired? Sure I am, but glad as heck I went. If your afraid of doing a little driving, then your missing out on a lot. People in parts of Texas and other states will drive 5 hours roundtrip just to go to a Walmart. They consider some of our day trips like taking a run to the milk store. There are certainly areas of New England not recommended or even possible for a day trip, but there are so many others that people think are impossible. All's it takes is getting up early, getting motivated and going. The rewards far outweigh the driving. JMO

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10. Re: Day Trips from Boston

Just want to say thanks to everyone for helping out with all the great ideas!