Day 1 & 2: Arrive Boston
In a city filled with interesting things to see and do, the historic Freedom Trail is the highlight of Boston for many visitors. The 2.5 mile red brick walking trail leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, everyone an authentic American treasure.
Old State House
You can walk the Trail yourself, or take one of the many guided tours available through the National Park Service. Tours begin every half hour from the park visitor centre at 15 State Street opposite the Old State House.
There are always a variety of fascinating exhibits at the Boston Museum of Science. Cheers, of the famous television show, is located on Beacon Hill. The Sam Adams Brewery is a recent addition, founded in 1984.
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, founded in 1876, has an outstanding, world-renowned collection that includes some 450,000 items.
Day 3, 4, & 5: To Cape Cod, Massachusetts
John F. Kennedy Library
On the way out of Boston this morning, stop to see the John F. Kennedy Library, an amazing building designed by I.M. Pei. Inside there are 25 dramatic multimedia exhibits that give a “first-hand” experience of John F. Kennedy’s life.
Lighthouses, cultural landscapes and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod’s past. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, recently named Coast Guard Beach the 5th best beach in the US.
Provincetown, at the very end of the Cape and long known as an art town, berths several whale watching fleets that patrol Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Several guarantee a whale sighting at the right time of year.
Originally a booming whaling port, the National Historic District of Nantucket has changed little since the 17th century, when many of the seaside cottages were built and old-fashioned whale oil lamps lit the streets. Today, nearly 40% of the remainder of the island is protected conservation land.
Once a thriving whaling port, the island is now home to writers, artists, architects and designers who come here to get away from the hustle and bustle of Boston.
Day 6: To Boston, Massachusetts
Sandwich & Plymouth
Boston’s Logan Airport is approximately 1.5 hours’ drive from Cape Cod and en-route you’ll have time to visit picturesque Sandwich, the Cape’s oldest town and at Plymouth the Plimoth Plantation, a living museum of 1627 life.