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Top Day Trips from Boston

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Top Day Trips from Boston
Once you’ve experienced Boston’s top attractions, there are plenty of nearby destinations and sights to lure you out of the city for a day. From admiring New England’s multicolored fall foliage and exploring historical Salem to visiting New York and Niagara Falls, here are some popular day trip ideas.
 
New England’s Fall Foliage — about 55 miles (88 kilometers) away
The New England region north of Boston explodes into vibrant foliage during fall: its woodlands and mountains cloaked in stunning oranges, reds, and golds from mid-September to October’s end. Fall foliage tours from Boston showcase colorful hot spots in Massachusetts and New Hampshire state parks on road trips through rolling hills and clapboard towns, all ablaze with color.
 
Salem — about 25 miles (41 kilometers) away
Situated on the Massachusetts coast near Boston, Salem’s main claim to fame is its witch trials of 1692, when 20 innocent residents were executed for alleged witchcraft. The town’s Witch Museum is a highlight of any visit, as is its House of the Seven Gables—New England’s oldest wooden mansion—and picturesque, restaurant-lined wharfside. Day trips give you free time to explore independently and sometimes include discounted entry to key attractions.
 
Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard — about 70 miles (113 kilometers) away 
One of Massachusetts’ top coastal beauty spots, the Cape Cod peninsula and nearby island of Martha’s Vineyard serve up classic New England villages, dune-fringed beaches, lighthouse-topped headlands, seafood restaurants, and stylish shops. Take a summertime tour to admire the region’s wider highlights, spend a day enjoying Martha’s Vineyard, or catch a fall-foliage tour that showcases the area in all its autumnal glory.
 
Niagara Falls — about 467 miles (751 kilometers) away
Raging over the US-Canada border, Niagara Falls make a spectacular sight, their waters plunging 190 feet (58 meters) into the River Niagara in a deafening roar. It’s easy to experience the falls on a day trip by air from Boston—enjoying views from the waterspray-soaked Maid of the Mist boat and other observation points.
 
New York City — about 226 miles (364 kilometers) away
Offering everything from the giant billboards of Times Square to the Empire State Building and leafy Central Park, New York sits within comfortable day-visit radius of Boston, making a trip something of a must for first-timers. Catch a round-trip by rail, air, bus, or private car to experience its world-famous sights in one unforgettable day.
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Martha's Vineyard Day Trip from Boston with Optional Island Tour (Small Group)

Martha's Vineyard Day Trip from Boston with Optional Island Tour (Small Group)

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Join Boston's only award-winning, original, Martha's Vineyard Day Trip! Leave the trouble of driving to someone else and enjoy a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard from Boston. Then, take a short cruise to Martha's Vineyard then enjoy free time to explore or upgrade to add an island tour. Complimentary snacks, bottled water, island guidebooks and a discount card with island perks are provided during the drive.
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  • 12 hours
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Boston to Nantucket Small Group Day-Trip with Shuttle & High-Speed Ferry

Boston to Nantucket Small Group Day-Trip with Shuttle & High-Speed Ferry

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If you only have a day to experience Nantucket’s New England charm, maximize your time with this convenient package. Rather than hiring a car and taking the slow ferry, enjoy minibus transfers to Hyannis, cross to Nantucket in just an hour, and spend almost a whole day exploring independently by bus, car, or on foot. Your driver/guide will point out essential sights as you travel to Cape Cod.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Boston to Newport Small-Group Day Trip with Breakers & Elms Mansion Admission

Boston to Newport Small-Group Day Trip with Breakers & Elms Mansion Admission

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Escape the hustle of the city and get away to the tranquility of Newport, Rhode Island, on a guided, small-group day tour from Boston. This quaint coastal town, known as America’s First Resort, is the perfect getaway and just 70 miles south of Beantown. Explore the Breakers mansion, the most grandiose of Newport’s summer mansions. Visit attractions like the Ocean Drive Historic District, the St Mary’s Church complex and the U.S. Naval War College, among others. Hotel pickup and drop-off plus a snack, guidebook and discount offer card are included.
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  • 10 hours
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Boston to Plymouth Small Group Day-Trip with Plimoth Plantation & Mayflower II

Boston to Plymouth Small Group Day-Trip with Plimoth Plantation & Mayflower II

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Discover historic New England as you explore two iconic Massachusetts destinations on this full-day tour from Boston. Travel through Quincy, MA, the birthplace of two U.S. Presidents, and journey along the state's South Shore coastal area on route to Plymouth. Explore the 400-year-old town's harbor, enjoy lunch (own expense), view Plymouth Rock, and tour Plimoth Plantation. You'll also board the Mayflower II and learn the fascinating history of the Pilgrim's.
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  • 11 hours
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One-Way Ticket: Boston to Provincetown & Cape Cod High-Speed Ferry

One-Way Ticket: Boston to Provincetown & Cape Cod High-Speed Ferry

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This 90-minute journey on a catamaran is the fastest and most luxurious way to travel to Cape Cod, where restaurants, beaches, shopping and nightlife await.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Boston Harbor Islands: Round-Trip Ferry to Spectacle Island

Boston Harbor Islands: Round-Trip Ferry to Spectacle Island

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Spend the day immersed in nature, without having to leave Boston or rent a car. The Boston Harbor Islands is a unique urban wilderness accessible by ferry from Long Wharf North in central Boston. With several departures each day, enjoy a scenic cruise through Boston Harbor at your leisure. On Spectacle Island, choose to hike, picnic, birdwatch, or just relax by the water.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Boston to Kennebunkport with Optional Lobster Tour

Boston to Kennebunkport with Optional Lobster Tour

We are a veteran owned, small coach service that offers an intimate experience with live guide to Kennebunkport from Boston. This fantasy tour has many unique stops along the coast of New England for pictures, snack and bathroom options. We have partnered with Maine's best hospitality and tourism professionals to give you the most unforgettable day imaginable. Spend your day exploring Maine's coast, shopping, exquisite seafood, or add a lobster tour. Want to customize your experience? Group outings and military discounts available. Add an award winning lobster tour to your day with a quick visit to Walkers Point where former President Bush vacations. This tour has a tendency to sell out VERY fast. It is best to book well in advance to ensure an available seat. If you booked a seat for a lobster tour that has become unavailable, you will be issued a full refund. Thanks for your understanding. Lobster tour is limited; Tues & Thurs ONLY June 9th - Sept 17th
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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