6 days in Lake George, Salem & Boston Itinerary

6 days in Lake George, Salem & Boston Itinerary

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6 days in Lake George, Salem & Boston Itinerary

Start: Canandaigua
Drive:  4​h 15​min
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Lake George
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Salem
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
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Boston
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
End: Canandaigua

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Lake George

Lake George ©
A playground for America’s wealthy families, Lake George was nicknamed "Queen of the American Lakes." While these families often stayed in private country houses, a tourism industry built up around them in the early 20th century facilitated by two YMCAs.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Prospect Mountain and then explore the activities along Lake George.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lake George sightseeing planner.

Canandaigua to Lake George is an approximately 4-hour car ride. August in Lake George sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Salem.

Things to do in Lake George

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Lake George ©
Lake George
Prospect Mountain ©
Prospect Mountain

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Salem: Gloucester (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House) and Marginal Way Walkway (in Ogunquit). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Peabody Essex Museum, contemplate the long history of Salem Maritime National Historic Site, get engrossed in the history at The House of the Seven Gables, and have some family-friendly fun at Witch Pix.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Salem day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Lake George to Salem in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Salem are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Boston.

Things to do in Salem

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Gloucester, Marginal Way Walkway, Nubble Lighthouse
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Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Peabody Essex Museum ©
Peabody Essex Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): browse the collection at John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, then take in nature's colorful creations at Boston Public Garden, and then explore and take pictures at Fenway Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, then stroll around Boston Common, and then get to know the fascinating history of Freedom Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Boston online vacation planner .

Getting from Salem to Boston by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Freedom Trail ©
Freedom Trail
Boston Public Garden ©
Boston Public Garden

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