What are the best day trips near Boston?

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Kaitlin Madden

Without a doubt, one of the greatest things about Boston is its proximity to so many other great places. Within a few hours' drive of the city you can find gorgeous beaches, world-class ski resorts, dozens of historic landmarks and postcard-worthy towns. Here are a few day trips to consider:

-Plymouth Rock. One of Massachusetts' most-popular tourist destinations is a must-see for any history buff. Plus, the Mayflower happened to land in a pretty idyllic spot. Plymouth, Massachusetts, about an hour south of Boston, is a beautiful coastal town full of restaurants, shops and beaches.

-Salem. Another historically and culturally significant town just north of Boston, home to The House of Seven Gables, The Peabody Essex Museum, and all sorts of attractions related to the infamous Salem witch trials that happened there in 1600s.

-Portsmouth. Just an hour north of Boston is the seacoast city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Take a walking tour, or spend the day exploring the quaint shops, inventive  restaurants and antiques stores and art galleries that line the streets.

Melanie Nayer

One of the best things about New England is its landscape. The rocky shores, fall foliage and snow-covered mountain tracks make New England a great escape for any season. While you're in Boston, carve out some time for a day trip outside of the city and embrace the history, culture, arts and natural surroundings that make New England so special.

South of Boston is Cape Cod. Just under an hour and a half drive from Boston, the Cape is where you'll find the beach crowds in full force during the summer months. Head down to Cape Cod early in the day and hop a ferry to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. The ferries run daily year-round, and many of them have room for your car if you plan to drive around the islands.

West of Boston is the town of Lenox, home to the Berkshires, the famous Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Festival. Lenox is about two hours from Boston, but you won't notice the drive time if you take a road trip during the fall when all the leaves are changing. The scenery is simply stunning! Lenox is also home to the Forbes Five-Star Blantyre Resort. Be sure to stop in for lunch while you're visiting to enjoy a bit of the beauty that makes Blantyre so special.

If you're looking for some history, head south to Plymouth and visit Plymouth Rock. The center of town (which is centered around "The Rock") is also home to great historical museums, plenty of restaurants and fun shops, where you can get everything from Pilgrim hats to lobster claw bracelets and lighthouse replicas.

Halloween is a huge event in Massachusetts, thanks in most part to the town of Salem. Located about 30-45 minutes north of Boston, Salem transports guests back in time during the month of October, recreating the Salem Witch Trials and recounting the stories of Halloween pasts. Come here at night for the street fairs and storytelling.

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