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Day Trip Outside Boston

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Day Trip Outside Boston

I'm from a Boston-area university, and I am helping organize a trip for nine Israeli students visiting the Boston area. We hoped to take them on a day trip (preferably by commuter rail, but by car might be an option) to somewhere in the Boston area. We were considering Concord or Salem, but I have personally never been to either. Might any you have any suggestions for which one to go to, or better places in mind? Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Day Trip Outside Boston

Concord is a very nice town, but to see all the Minuteman-related things there (including Lexington) really requires a car. Salem, once you get there, is easy to walk around and see a lot of stuff. It is very "touristy" however.

Some of the witch stuff can be a bit hokey, but there are a lot of places to eat and shop right in town, and there are some real historic sites, and a nice waterfront.

We took some friends to Salem by car, and were able to see everything we wanted to by walking around, so I think Salem wins on that score.

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Concord is great...

We stayed here


and if you click on the site you will find some information about the town...

I wouldn't leave there without bringing a picnic lunch to Walden Pond tho.

That would need a car, I am not sure if a shuttle is available but it is just gorgeous and it's so cool to think about Thoreau when you are there.

We visited The Old Manse where Nathanial Hawthorne lived and we saw Louisa May Alcott's family home as well.

We did visit Salem, where you can find the House of Seven Gables.

Quincy was great tho...at the visitor center that is run by the National Parks you can go on a trolley that tells you all about the Adams family.

Pretty amazing and you come away with such fondness for Abigail and John and their dedication to this country.

The Red Line goes right to it...

Can't beat that!

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I think Salem is a great non-car day trip. I've done it many times and it doesn't have to be cheesy and full of witchcraft if you choose the right activities.

A really gorgeous waterfront doesn't hurt, either...

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You might also consider Rockport...


It's accessible by train from North Station, or Provincetown, accessible by ferry...



Both towns offer art galleries and great restaurants in a "new england seacoast" setting.

Rockport is less busy, and more "conservative", only recently allowing the sale of alcholic beverages in its restaurants.... Provincetown is quite the opposite, and draws a younger crowd.

In addition to just "transportation", the ferry ride to P-Town is fun in itself, with the possibility of spotting whales. Logistically, too, the ferry is conveniently located both in Boston and P-Town.

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Starting this year there is a new bus tour of Lexington and Concord historic sites called the Liberty Ride. It is a great way to see Lexington and Concord without transportation (it has gotten favorable mentions here on TA). CHeck it out here:


See the web site it will tell you how to pick it up.

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Concord will mot likely require a vehicle, Salem you could get there by cab and walk around and see more just by foot.

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