7 days in Plymouth, Salem & Boston Itinerary

7 days in Plymouth, Salem & Boston Itinerary

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7 days in Plymouth, Salem & Boston Itinerary

Start: Boston
Drive:  1​h
1
Plymouth
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Salem
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Boston
— 2 nights
End: Boston

2
nights
Plymouth

Plymouth ©
Rightly calling itself "America's Hometown," Plymouth holds a prominent place in the nation's history and culture as the site of the first Puritan colony.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Plimoth Plantation, steep yourself in history at Mayflower II, and then pause for some photo ops at Plymouth Rock. On the next day, examine the collection at Battleship Cove, stroll the grounds of Burial Hill, then get engrossed in the history at Jenney Museum, and finally immerse yourself in nature at National Monument to the Forefathers.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Plymouth trip itinerary planner.

Boston to Plymouth is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. October in Plymouth sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Salem.

Things to do in Plymouth

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Battleship Cove, New Bedford Whaling Museum
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Plimoth Plantation ©
Plimoth Plantation
New Bedford Whaling Museum ©
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Plymouth Rock ©
Plymouth Rock

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Salem Witch Museum and then view the masterpieces at Fished Impressions. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Burying Point Cemetery, examine the collection at Peabody Essex Museum, then contemplate the long history of The House of the Seven Gables, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Pickering Wharf.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Salem online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Plymouth to Salem in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Salem can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Boston.

Things to do in Salem

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Salem Witch Museum ©
Salem Witch Museum
The House of the Seven Gables ©
The House of the Seven Gables
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 10th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Boston Public Garden and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the collection at John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, get engrossed in the history at Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Freedom Trail.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Boston trip planner.

Take a train from Salem to Boston in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Boston are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, Mount Auburn Cemetery
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Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Freedom Trail ©
Freedom Trail

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