14 days in Salem, Gloucester & Cambridge Itinerary

14 days in Salem, Gloucester & Cambridge Itinerary

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14 days in Salem, Gloucester & Cambridge Itinerary

Start: Salem
— 7 nights
Drive:  30​min
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
End: 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Salem Wax Museum of Witches & Seafarers, Witch History Museum, Salem Witch Village, and other attractions you added. Museum-lovers will get to explore The House of the Seven Gables and Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House. Step out of the city life by going to Footbridge Beach and Kennebunk Beach. Explore Salem's surroundings by going to Concord (Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House & Sleepy Hollow Cemetery), Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (in Newburyport) and Lexington (Hancock-Clarke House, Buckman Tavern, & more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at The Custom House, identify plant and animal life at Wells Reserve at Laudholm, look for gifts at Omen: Psychic Parlor and Witchcraft Emporium, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Salem trip planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Salem. In October in Salem, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gloucester.

Things to do in Salem

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Lexington, Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, Gloucester, Concord
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The Custom House ©
The Custom House
Wells Reserve at Laudholm ©
Wells Reserve at Laudholm


Gloucester ©
The still waters off the Gloucester shore are immortalized in paintings and prints produced by the hundreds of artists who visit this town.
Appreciate the collections at Hammond Castle and George Marshall Store Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Front Beach and McDougal Orchards. Change things up with these side-trips from Gloucester: South Berwick (Vaughan Woods State Park & Hamilton House) and Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center (in Newburyport). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Nubble Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Cogswell's Grant, appreciate the history behind Fishermen's Memorial Monument, and make a trip to Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Memorial.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gloucester trip maker tool .

Gloucester is just a short distance from Salem. November in Gloucester sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cambridge.

Things to do in Gloucester

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

York, South Berwick, Ipswich Ale Brewery, Cogswell's Grant, McDougal Orchards
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Hamilton House ©
Hamilton House
Front Beach ©
Front Beach
Nubble Lighthouse ©
Nubble Lighthouse


Cambridge ©
Best known as the location of two internationally renowned universities, Cambridge sits just across the Charles River from Boston.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): make a trip to Harvard Square, look for gifts at World's Only Curious George Store, stroll the grounds of Mount Auburn Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Buckman Tavern, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hancock-Clarke House. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, then learn more about the world around you at Harvard Museum of Natural History, then explore the world behind art at Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Harvard University.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cambridge route maker site .

Traveling by car from Gloucester to Cambridge takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in November, and nighttime lows around 37°F. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Cambridge

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lexington, Luina Greine Farm, The Old Manse, Cyrus Dallin Art Museum
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Mount Auburn Cemetery ©
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Hancock-Clarke House ©
Hancock-Clarke House
Buckman Tavern ©
Buckman Tavern

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