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Outside of Boston?

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Outside of Boston?

We're going to be in Boston from July 3 to the 8th. We would like take the last two days (Saturday and Sunday) and do something outside of the city. We would probably rent a car. Our flight leaves at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday so we have lots of time that day. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Outside of Boston?

How about a visit to Newport, RI? It is a very pretty harbor town with great restaurants. Also, the Cliff Walk & a tour of the mansions are both great takes.

http://www.cliffwalk.com/

http://www.newportmansions.org/

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2. Re: Outside of Boston?

North Shore coastal towns in MA: Rockport, Gloucester, Essex, Crane's Beach in Ipswich, Marblehead, Salem. Lots to see and do, about an hour or less from Boston.

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3. Re: Outside of Boston?

Newport on Saturday and the north shore towns mentioned on Sunday. Marblehead to Logan is an easy 40 minute drive.

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4. Re: Outside of Boston?

Are you considering staying over on that last night, outside of Boston? Or just want to make daytrips?

If you are interested in history, here are a couple of good destinations for a daytrip from Boston: Plymouth (and "Plimouth Plantation" museum), or Concord and Lexington.

Whatever you do, consider the traffic on a Sunday and leave LOADS of time to get back in and return your car, etc. You could get caught in the end of the weekend traffic jams on any Sunday in the summer.

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5. Re: Outside of Boston?

Hard to say without knowing your interests. In addition to what has been posted already, consider:The Lowell National Park of the Industrial Revolution; Battleship Cove in Fall River with the WWII Battleship USS Massachusetts; Plimoth Plantation; Rte 1A from Hampton Beach to Portsmouth; The Berkshires - Tanglewood, Williams College and the Clark Art Institute, Hancock Shaker Village, MassMOCA, the Cottages e.g., Naumkeag, The Mount etc.; Quabbin

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6. Re: Outside of Boston?

As MaxieLou said, traffic on a summer Sunday afternoon is an important consideration. With that in mind, north of Boston would be a good place to spend time as the airport is also on the north side of Boston. If it's a good day there'll be beach traffic, but with a reasonably early start, you could go to Cape Ann and drive down the coast on Route127 to Beverly. From there you could head through Salem to Marblehead, which is both beautiful and quaint. That would put you in a good spot for getting to Logan as financialwhiz suggested. I'd probably allow more than 40 minutes as there'll be traffic leaving Lynn/Nahant/Revere beaches in the afternoon.

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