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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cliff Walk and Plymouth Rock. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Fine Arts and Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Boston: Newport (The Breakers, St. Mary's Catholic Church, & more), Cape Cod Canal (in Buzzards Bay) and Sandwich (Heritage Museums & Gardens & Sandwich Glass Museum). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Fenway Park, get a variety of perspectives on a duck tour, explore the world behind art at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Plimoth Plantation.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Boston road trip tool .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, Portsmouth International at Pease Airport and Bradley International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Boston can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Salem.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Newport, Needham, Plymouth, Sandwich, Lizzie Borden House
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Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Heritage Museums & Gardens ©
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Lizzie Borden House ©
Lizzie Borden House

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 23rd (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Burying Point Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Peabody Essex Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The House of the Seven Gables, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Pickering Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Hammond Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then take an in-depth tour of Salem Witch Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Bewitched Statue of Elizabeth Montgomery.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Salem travel planner .

Take a train from Boston to Salem in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Salem are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Salem

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Gloucester
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The House of the Seven Gables ©
The House of the Seven Gables
Peabody Essex Museum ©
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem Witch Museum ©
Salem Witch Museum

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