7 days in Boston, Cape Cod & Salem Itinerary

7 days in Boston, Cape Cod & Salem Itinerary

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Boston
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Falmouth
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Salem
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Boston — 2 nights

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.
Boston is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, stroll the grounds of Granary Burying Ground, get a taste of the local shopping with Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Freedom Trail.

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Dallas to Boston is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In May, Boston is slightly colder than Dallas - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Falmouth.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Falmouth — 2 nights

Falmouth is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States; Barnstable County is coextensive with Cape Cod. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Shining Sea Bikeway, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cape Cod Canal, then see the interesting displays at Heritage Museums & Gardens, and finally kick back and relax at Old Silver Beach. On your second day here, engage your brain at Sandwich Glass Museum, then get up close to creatures of the deep with Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises, and then steep yourself in history at Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum.

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Traveling by car from Boston to Falmouth takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Falmouth are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Salem.
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Salem — 2 nights

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 6th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then appreciate the history behind Fishermen's Memorial Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Salem Witch Museum, then contemplate the long history of Salem Maritime National Historic Site, then get engrossed in the history at The House of the Seven Gables, and finally gain insight with Salem Food Tours.

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Drive from Falmouth to Salem in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Salem can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Cape Cod travel guide

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Beaches · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Specialty Museums
Located on the southern shore of Massachusetts, Cape Cod contains some 15 towns and two islands. The arm-shaped peninsula is a popular holiday destination throughout the year because of its historical attractions, art galleries, award-winning restaurants, and a scenic coastline dotted by sandy beaches. Start your sightseeing in Provincetown, located at the very tip of the cape and famous for being the site of the first Pilgrims' landing in 1620. From there you can hit up all of the Cape's other small towns, renowned for their comfortable bed and breakfasts and distinctive cuisine of fresh fish and oyster dishes. This maritime community features more than a dozen lighthouses. Part of experiencing the Cape means a trip to its two islands--which showcase several lighthouses and numerous restaurants.
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