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Charles River, Cambridge

#1 of 150 in Nature in Massachusetts
Scenic Drive · Water Body
Stretching for 129 km (80 mi) through Massachusetts, Charles River reaches the sea in the city of Boston and is one of the area's key landmarks. The winding waterway, once at the forefront of the United States's industrialization, today provides many opportunities for recreation, such as rowing, sailing, and biking. Try hopping on the 37 km (23 mi) long bike path in Boston, which will take you past famous institutions, such as Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The river's esplanade offers views of the surrounding urban region in addition to marshes alive with waterfowl. You can rent a sailboat from one of the stands along the way. Use our Cambridge vacation planner to arrange your visit to Charles River and other attractions in Cambridge.
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  • No words needed! View from our room at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Lovely to walk along the river and over Longfellow Bridge.  more »
  • Beautiful river to sit and enjoy. Their are walking and bike paths along it so you can take a scenic walk.  more »

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