Day Trips from Boston 

Explore New England - and beyond

Day trips from Boston give you a wonderful opportunity to explore our beautiful New England countryside, visit other exciting cities, and experience some of America's most historic sites.

Popular day trips from Boston include Revolutionary War battle sites in Corcord, MA
Day trips to Concord may include a visit to Old North Bridge, site of a Revolutionary War battle

Here's a small sample of what you can do on day or weekend getaways from Boston:

  • Experience the magnificent beauty of the New England countryside and coastal areas
  • Discover charming villages and small towns
  • Explore sites memorialized in literature and American Revolutionary War history
  • Have fun on nearby ski slopes and gorgeous sandy beaches
  • Visit other exciting cities

Planning weekend getaways and day trips from Boston to the Pilgrims' Plimouth Plantation, sizzling New York City, "Witch Capital" Salem, enchanting Boston Harbor Islands, coastal Newport, historic Concord, and other iconic destinations is easy.

To get to these destinations, you don't need to have your own car.  You can choose from a variety of options: luxury all-inclusive tours, the convenience of public transportation, the freedom of a rental car, the fun of a cruise boat.

Planning one or two day trips and New England weekend getaways as part of your Boston visit lets you experience history, beauty, and adventure as close as an hour away.


Best Day Trips and Weekend Getaways from Boston

Revolutionary War Sites and Walden Pond in Concord, MA

Day trips from Boston to Revolutionary War battle sites in Concord and LexingtonBucolic Concord is home to famous sites in American Revolutionary War history, along with authentic Colonial architecture and quaint village shops.  But Concord offers a lot more:  the childhood home of Little Women author Louisa May Alcott, Thoreau's Walden Pond, and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

Find out more about things to do in Concord

Pilgrim Settlement at Plimouth Plantation

Day trip from Boston to Plimouth PlantationPlimouth Plantation transports you back to the 1620s and the first Pilgrim settlement in the New World.  Skilled actors bring to life the real people who made their homes here - Edward Winslow, Susanna Fuller White, William Bradford - and the Wampanoags who made their survival possible. 

Find out how to use your GoBoston Card to get free admission to the top Plymouth attractions, including Plimouth Plantation, the Mayflower II, and a 1-hour walking tour of Plymouth.

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Stellwagen Bank - Whale Watching Cruises

Day trips from Boston to watch whalesWhale watching trips give you a unique glimpse of the rich marine world just beyond Boston's doorstep.  High-speed boats and catamarans whisk you out to Stellwagen Bank 25 miles east of the city, with marine biologists on board as your tour guide for Boston's most popular cruise. 

More about the best Boston whale watching cruises


New York City - Shows, Famous Sites, Excitement

Day trips from Boston to New York CityPossible as a day trip from Boston, but even better for a weekend getaway, New York City offers excitement, iconic sites, Broadway shows, great restaurants and hotels, and some of the best shopping in the world. 

Find out how to get from Boston to New York

Learn about must-see New York tourist attractions from a native New Yorker


Newport, Rhode Island - Mansions, Beaches, Shopping

Day trips from Boston to Newport RIA glamorous destination ever since the gilded age, Newport lies just 60 miles south of Boston overlooking Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  Spectacular beaches, glamorous mansions, appealing boutiques, and historic sites are just a few of the attractions.  Come for a day trip, or spend the weekend.  

Find out about the best Newport attractions


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Salem Massachusetts - Witches and Treasures

Day trips from Boston to Salem, MASalem, renowned for witch museums and month-long Halloween celebrations, also boasts the highly regarded Peabody Essex Museum, House of the Seven Gables, historic inns, gorgeous waterfront, and excellent restaurants.

More about Halloween in Salem
Check out Salem hotels for a weekend stay
Find out about the best luxury motorcoach tours of Salem
Find out how to get free admission to top Salem attractions with a Boston discount card


Boston Harbor Islands - Explore Another World

Boston Harbor Islands day trip - photo courtesy D BaronBoard the ferry from downtown to the Boston Harbor Islands, and 15 minutes later you'll arrive in a different world.  Rich with beauty, fascinating sea life and birds, and evocative history, the Harbor Islands make up Boston's largest park.   Spend a day exploring, or set up camp for the weekend.

Top activities to enjoy on the Boston Harbor Islands


Dazzling New England Ski Areas and Resorts

Day trips from Boston to New England Ski AreasFriendly local slopes and fabulous New England ski resorts within easy reach of Boston welcome you for a day trip or ski weekend.  Best of all, you can visit at least a few New England ski areas where skiing season lasts more than 6 months.  Find out what makes New England winters fun!

- Best Massachusetts ski areas near Boston
- Complete guide to New England ski areas
- Top New England ski vacation resorts


Best Beaches near Boston

Best beaches near Boston - perfect day trip!You can find a surprising number of nice beaches in or close to Boston - perfect for a day trip.  Even better, jump on a ferry and head to Provincetown, other Cape Cod destinations, or the Islands - Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

- Where to find the best Boston beaches
- Boston to Provincetown ferry service


Paris & More

Eiffel Tower in Paris - you can almost see it from Boston!Paris may not be a day trip from Boston . . . but Boston's East Coast location makes it such an easy trip that you can do it as a long weekend, although of course a week or two is even better.

Find out why Boston makes the perfect launching pad for international travel to Paris, Dublin, Madrid, and beyond...

More about international trips from Boston



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