8 days in Boston, New Hampshire & Salem Itinerary

8 days in Boston, New Hampshire & Salem Itinerary

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8 days in Boston, New Hampshire & Salem Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  3​h
1
Boston
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Portsmouth
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Salem
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
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.
Hancock-Clarke House and Lexington Green will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Buckman Tavern and Back Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Boston side-trips: Scituate Lighthouse (in Scituate) and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House (in Concord). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and the Printing Office of Edes and Gill, ponder the world of politics at Old State House, don't miss a visit to The Mapparium, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Boston trip itinerary builder tool .

Newark to Boston is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Boston

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lexington, John F. Kennedy National Historic Site, Scituate Lighthouse, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, Adams National Historical Park
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Adams National Historical Park ©
Adams National Historical Park
Hancock-Clarke House ©
Hancock-Clarke House
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House ©
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

3
nights
Portsmouth

Portsmouth ©
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. Appreciate the collections at Abacus and Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mother's Beach and Wells Reserve at Laudholm. Change things up with these side-trips from Portsmouth: Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge (in Wells), Spoiled Rotten (in Ogunquit) and St. Ann's Episcopal Church (in Kennebunkport). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Short Sands Beach, see the interesting displays at USS Albacore Museum, browse the exhibits of Strawbery Banke Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Portsmouth online vacation maker .

You can drive from Boston to Portsmouth in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in July, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Salem.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ogunquit, Wells, Mother's Beach, Short Sands Beach, St. Ann's Episcopal Church
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Strawbery Banke Museum ©
Strawbery Banke Museum
St. Ann's Episcopal Church ©
St. Ann's Episcopal Church
Ogunquit Museum of American Art ©
Ogunquit Museum of American Art

2
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 29th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Halibut Point State Park, get engrossed in the history at Hammond Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wicked Good Books, and finally explore the world behind art at Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Salem Maritime National Historic Site, stroll through Good Harbor Beach, and then stroll through Crane Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Salem itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Portsmouth to Salem in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salem

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gloucester, Halibut Point State Park, Crane Beach
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Halibut Point State Park ©
Halibut Point State Park
Crane Beach ©
Crane Beach
Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery ©
Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery

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