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Leaving the airport & heading north

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Leaving the airport & heading north

We arrive at Logan at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 9/6. We are heading to Rutland, VT (Friday nite). Wondering which route to take out of the airport, skirt the city, and get to our first night's stay for which I'd appreciate suggestions. We'd like someplace that might have an historical site to see in the morning before heading into Vermont. We'll be back to Boston in a week and I'll have more questions about that later. Many thanks!

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1. Re: Leaving the airport & heading north

Unfortunately, you'll be leaving the Airport in the middle of Rush Hour, when everybody (including you) are heading north, including those vacationing in NH and Vt.. How about possibly having dinner in East Boston when you arrive, so that by then, hopefully, some of the traffic will have dissipated?

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And school starts that week for many which means NOBODY who has kids is doing much of anything excpet hanging around, going to work and contributing to the traffic. Ditto college kids who commute and are just learning best routes and times, too. I've been commuting for 30 years now and have always found the week after labor day to be one of the worst.

I like Alan's plan. Places to consider in East Boston include Jeveli's, Rino's Place (both Italian), Santarpio's (pizza), and Oliviera's (Brazillian barbecue)

http://www.jeveli.com/

http://rinosplace.com/ << often has long waits

http://santarpiospizza.com/

http://www.oliveirassteakhouse.com/

As for places to stay ... I would consider crashing just outside of Boston in the Woburn area and then perhaps visiting the Lowell National Historical site on your way north in the morning. (Textile history).

Happy planning!

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3. Re: Leaving the airport & heading north

Arriving at Logan at 5:00 pm. Once you get your luggage and rental it will easily be 6:00 pm. Take the Summer tunnel to 93 north. You'll hit some pockets of traffic but generally after 6:00 pm things ease out.

Google maps has the ride at 3 hours 13 minutes. I would hit the road and get some of the ride behind me before eating.

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http://boston.cbslocal.com/

This local Boston radio station, WBZ 1030am does traffic reports every 10 minutes "on the 3s" 5:03, 5:13, 5:23, etc. . You can have a different plans, listen to the traffic report, focusing on 93 north between Boston and the NH border and see what they have to say.

You may want to listen a few times before you arrive and try to get familiar with the locations of the typical backups.

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5. Re: Leaving the airport & heading north

Wow! Radio traffic, routes outta town, restaurants, and a place to stay with a history stop. Just what I was looking for. We were feeling a bit daunted at the arrival time in post-work commute time. After all, we have those out our way, too. We didn't think we'd want to drive too far before crashing that night so perhaps Woburn will be it. If you have more suggestions, keep 'em coming, folks! Thank you!

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You could also drive to Concord, MA on Thursday night and visit the historic sites in the morning. Then you could take a little longer route to Rutland, Route 2 to I-91 (or backtrack a little on I-495 to I-93).

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We'll read up on the historic sites in Concord and Woburn. Any other thoughts?

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8. Re: Leaving the airport & heading north

There's not much history in Woburn, but Lowell isn't far from there, and Concord MA is a great idea.

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The Middlesex Canal runs through Woburn. There's not much to see though; there used to be a replica canal boat that would take passengers on a short ride, but it stopped years ago. Just knowing that the canal is there makes Woburn a good prelude for a visit Lowell!

Woburn also has a beautiful public library, which was designed by HH Richardson, the designer of a number of other local libraries as well as Trinity Church in Boston.

The historic sites of Concord are, of course, numerous.

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