You will pass through charming towns and thriving cities along the eastern seaboard of the United States on this coastal journey. Allow plenty of time as you travel from Boston, Massachusetts to Freeport, Maine to stroll along the sandy beaches, breathe in the sea air, wander through the historic sea captains’ and artists’ colonies, and savor the area’s famed cuisine. What to bring: Depending on the time of year, beachwear and a hunger for fresh seafood. Also, a camera captures the distinctive New England charm.
Boston, Massachusetts, is the starting point.
The beginning of this gorgeous trip is in Boston, a historic Massachusetts city. Visit the Skywalk Observatory after landing at Boston Logan International Airport for 360-degree panoramic views of local sights like Fenway Park and the Boston Common. Take a stroll down Acorn Street on Beacon Hill, one of the country’s most famous photogenic streets.
Salem, Massachusetts, is a picturesque seaside town with ancient architecture, maritime history, and more. It is well-known for the illustrious Witch Trials that took place there in the late 17th century. The House of the Seven Gables, the oldest surviving wooden mansion from the 17th century in New England, has a hidden stairway that can be used. Bookworms may recognize the mansion because Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story of the same name was based on the historic spot. The charming sailing community of Marblehead, Massachusetts, which is nearby, is well-known for its 45-meter-tall original cast-iron light tower. Drive an hour north to the delightful Newburyport, where restaurants serve up locally caught seafood and charming inns line the streets.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
The lovely seaside town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the next stop. Visit the historic Music Hall downtown, a Victorian theatre that has served as a platform for top-notch entertainment for more than 135 years. Visit Wallis Sands State Park in the nearby town of Rye and go swimming in the Atlantic. The state’s longest shoreline can be found at Rye!
The oldest town in Maine is the picturesque fishing village of Kittery, which is a great place to take in the quaint New England cottages. Take a sunset sailboat charter, go on an adventure with a deep-sea fishing trip, or go on a whale-watching cruise because water sports are the most popular here. Additionally, the town’s mouthwatering seafood restaurants, a naval shipyard, and more than 120 retail stores are enjoyed by visitors.
Kennebunkport, a charming hamlet, and Kennebunk, a nearby village, evoke the spirit of Old World New England. Built-in 1914, the charming Colony Hotel is a piece of history. It’s the ideal location for a refreshing beverage, breathtaking ocean views, or opulent lodging. To get to Goose Rocks Beach, rent a bike. then stroll through art galleries and antique stores in Dock Square. If you enjoy architecture, make sure to visit the Wedding Cake House, which is thought to be Maine’s most often snapped home. It is an elaborate Gothic Revival building with carved buttresses, spires, and lace spandrels that was built by a local shipbuilder in the 1800s.