11 days in Boston & Salem Itinerary

11 days in Boston & Salem Itinerary

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11 days in Boston & Salem Itinerary

Start: Boston
1
Boston
— 7 nights
train:  45​min
2
Salem
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
End: Boston

7
nights
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Milk and Honey Bazaar (in Tiverton), Provincetown (Race Point Beach & Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum) and Newport (The Breakers & Cliff Walk). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, take an in-depth tour of John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, buy something for everyone on your list at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and take in nature's colorful creations at Boston Public Garden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Boston trip itinerary planning app .

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major airports are General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Theodore Francis Green State Airport and Portsmouth International at Pease Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Salem.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Newport, Provincetown, Sandwich, Plymouth, Hull Lifesaving Museum
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Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Public Garden ©
Boston Public Garden
Freedom Trail ©
Freedom Trail

3
nights
Salem

Salem ©
Best known for its 1692 witch trials, Salem has a number of significant historical sites, a bustling downtown, and many witch-themed attractions.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at The House of the Seven Gables, see the interesting displays at Salem Witch Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salisbury Rail Trail, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Marginal Way Walkway. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Peabody Essex Museum and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Salem attractions planning app .

Take a train from Boston to Salem in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boston in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Salem. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Salem

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Marginal Way Walkway, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Salisbury Rail Trail
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Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The House of the Seven Gables ©
The House of the Seven Gables

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