Boston Day Trip - East Coast Beaches

Cape Ann, Gloucester, Rockport, Good Harbor Beach, Wingaersheek Beach (Also Essex, Ispwich, Newburyport), then home through Salem


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Why Go: These east coast beaches are not as crowded, full of history and fishing villages. (Inspired the movie, The Perfect Storm)

What you can do: In Rockport and In Gloucester, America's oldest seaport, visit historical venues and shops. Stroll the beaches and wonder through museums and galleries. The key beaches are Good Harbor Beach and Wingaersheek Beach. In Salem visit the Salem Witch Museum, The House of Seven Gables and the Peabody Essex Museum.

Travel portion: Plan to have breakfast in Boston at one of our top breakfast spots and then hit the highway directly to the Cape Ann area. After spending most of the day at your chosen spots, drive back through Salem for additional historic sites, a stroll and dinner.

Specific Directions: To the cape, take US -1 north to MA-128 east. Go east to the Cape Ann area. Heading back to Boston, try the scenic route to Salem via MA-127 west along the coast through Ravenswood Park, Kettle Grove Village and Manchester. When you get near Salem, take the Bridge Street Bypass into town.

Food options: Breakfast in Boston, lunch in Gloucester, Rockport or picnic on the beach. Consider Roy Moore Lobster Co in Rockport or Alchemy Café & Bistro or Passports in Gloucester. Alternatively, grab a sandwich or salad at Destino's Submarine Sandwiches and head to the beach for a picnic. Have dinner Salem at Sixty2 on Wharf, Bella Verona or Finz Seafood Restaurant.