Ipswich and Essex
Boston’s North Shore is full of hidden gems that are easily accessible whether you are taking a car or even public transportation. The Midwest is home to America’s tastiest barbeque, New Orleans is known for its Southern gumbo and shrimp, Buffalo has its famous wings, and the North Shore is home to the world’s best fried clams. Popular clam shacks The ClamBox, Woodman’s, JT Farnhams, Ipswich Clambake and many more will see hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to their establishments this year to taste the world-class seafood. The Ipswich-Essex Explorer is a bus route that leaves from the Ipswich MBTA Station and makes trips to Crane Beach, as well as the clam destinations in Essex. Expedia has a number of different cost-efficient lodging options if you wish to make it an overnight trip!
Home to the world famous “Newport Mansions”, the coastal Rhode Island city is the perfect summer destination for a number of different ages. Breathtaking ocean views and sprawling cliffs that sit next to the famed Newport Mansions are perfect for the whole family to go along with numerous beaches, parks, and recreation areas. Newport and surrounding towns are lush with high-end championship golf courses that are open to the public and can challenge players of all abilities. For the young bar-hopping crowd, Newport is your place to be! Downtown Newport has a wide-selection of bars and pubs that have outdoor seating and live music playing. TripAdvisor published their TopThings to Do in Newport, check it out for more ideas.
Freeport and the Maine Coast
Calling all shoppers! Calling all shoppers! Freeport, Maine, known as the home of world famous clothing line L.L. Bean, has a lot to offer for its vacationers. Of course the variety of sweaters, tops, pants, socks, shoes and more from L.L is a premier attraction and with its discount outlet prices, why not splurge! However, there is more to Freeport and its surrounding towns than just shopping. Only about a 3-hour drive up I-95 North from Boston sits endless destinations for hiking, boating, seaside dining, lodging, island hopping, and more. If you want to make a quick day trip from Freeport, there are hundreds of small journeys to many of Maine’s coastal island and peninsulas nearby in towns such as Boothbay, Bar Harbor, Brunswick and more!
New York City
Getting to the majestic sights, sounds and lifestyle of New York City has never been easier. Whether you choose to travel by bus, plane, train or automobile, NYC is one of the easier and most rewarding weekend getaways you can find. If you act early enough, you can get bus tickets for as low as $1! You can usually find a cheap bus round trip to Penn Station for under $50. Amtrak Regional and Acela routes can be more pricey but provide you with effortless comfort to enjoy your trip in style while taking in scenic coastline of Connecticut. If you’re looking for a mix of cost-effective and stress-free, I recommend checking out the MetroNorth, NYC’s commuter line, from stations such as Stamford or New Rochelle. Parking is fairly easy, and both of these stations are located right off of I-95. Once you reach NYC, your choices are endless. Summer is great for dining along the Hudson at the Frying Pan or a baseball game at either Yankee Stadium or Citi Field.
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