There’s nothing like the Great American Road Trip! And given continued travel restrictions preventing Americans from taking their vacations abroad in many countries, more and more people are turning to road trips when they need to get away from it all.
If you’ll be in Boston and are looking for scenic drives or road trips to take, the rocky coastline to the East and the Berkshire mountains to the West make for beautiful driving. Read on for some fun ideas the next time you feel the need to take the scenic route.
Taking a trip over the Western side of Massachusetts will put you in the Berkshire mountain range, a lovely region of small towns, arts and cultural institutions, and farm-to-table cuisine. It’s a lovely trip to take any time of year, but scenic drives there are especially popular in Autumn when the fall foliage is peaking.
A road trip out to the Berkshires will take you just over two hours from Boston, and once you’re there, there are a couple of scenic routes you can take around the area. Visit this website for seven different drives you can take on your Berkshire trip to give you a scenic tour of the region.
For a totally different kind of scenery, drive South to Cape Cod. There you’ll find Route 6A, also called Old King’s Highway, curling around the North side of the peninsula. This is the scenic route for you if you want rocky, rugged coastline, beaches, clam shacks, cranberry bogs, salt marshes, and historic fishing towns.
The road is designated as a National Scenic Byway and will take you all the way up to Provincetown. If you’re ready to cruise along 6A, check out this guide from the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. It lists stop-offs to turn your scenic route into a full road trip, including a historic glass company, eclectic cafes, a museum, a farm, a playhouse, a flea market, and more.
Once you reach the end of the route, spend some time in Provincetown. It’s a super vibrant, artsy, and LGBT-friendly community right at the tip of the Cape. It’s the perfect place to spend some time in the summer.
Lexington and Concord
If you have less time, a quicker route starts just 26 minutes away in the historic town of Lexington.
From Lexington, the trip to Concord need only be 15 minutes, but it’s a beautiful, forested route that includes Minuteman National Historical Park, which is worth a stop to learn more about the first battle of the Revolutionary War. There are multiple historic buildings at the park, including houses, a tavern, and a farm.
Once you’ve reached Concord, there’s plenty more to see and do, including Louisa May Alcott’s house, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s house, the Concord Museum, and Walden Pond.
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