8 days in Nantucket & Salem Itinerary

8 days in Nantucket & Salem Itinerary

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8 days in Nantucket & Salem Itinerary

Start: Nantucket
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Nantucket
— 4 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3​h
2
Salem
— 3 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3​h
End: Nantucket

4
nights
Nantucket

Nantucket ©
Nantucket is an island about 30mi by ferry south from Cape Cod, in the American state of Massachusetts. Step out of Nantucket with an excursion to Mytoi in Edgartown--about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Whaling Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cisco Brewers, kick back and relax at Surfside Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Sankaty Head Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nantucket road trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Nantucket. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Salem.

Things to do in Nantucket

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mytoi
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Jetties Beach ©
Jetties Beach
Whaling Museum ©
Whaling Museum
Great Point Light ©
Great Point Light

3
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 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Salem Witch Museum, then steep yourself in history at The House of the Seven Gables, then stop by Kittery Trading Post, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Marginal Way Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Peabody Essex Museum and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Salem travel tool .

Getting from Nantucket to Salem by combination of ferry and car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Nantucket in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Salem, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Salem

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Marginal Way Walkway, Kittery Trading Post, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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The House of the Seven Gables ©
The House of the Seven Gables
Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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