The North Shore of Massachusetts, which sits on Boston's doorstep, is known for its diversity, natural beauty, historical and cultural amenities. This ‘North of Boston’ region is home to 34 cities and towns offering their own unique character and charm. From historical seaport towns to quaint New England villages, the area encompasses an array of activities. Deep sea fishing, whale watching, river cruises, sunset sails and miles of beaches await sea and sun lovers. For museum goers and historians, there are world-class museums and historically significant sites. Multi-cultural events, music theatre and antique shops round off the many recreational options available to visitors. Concord is a "get out into the country" destination less than 20 miles from Boston. The town is rich in history with its famous authors and the site of the first American victory of the Revolutionary War. Take a walking tour of the village and amble in the footsteps of patriots and poets. Take a canoe on one of Concord’s three rivers and commune with nature. Nearby Cambridge and Boston can be reached via the commuter train from Concord. Salem is probably the most well-known city of this region, particularly for the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692 which is a theme of the town in its museums and shops. Salem also has an illustrious maritime history and via a walking tour you can get an in-depth look at the merchants and sea captains who made Salem their home. Here you can also tour the House of Seven Gables and the Peabody Essex Museum. In nearby Peabody, visit the George Peabody House Museum which celebrates the life and deeds of the amazing man for whom the town was named.
The charming community of Marblehead is home to the most majestic and beautiful harbour on the eastern seaboard. Steeped in history, you can tour mansions that predate the Revolutionary War. Dozens of imaginative boutiques and galleries dot this walkable town in a relaxed, friendly environment. An hour’s pleasant drive north of Boston lies Rockport with miles of lovely beaches, boulder-strewn paths through woods and glades, and that uncommonly magical light that has inspired painters since Winslow Homer.
Rockport's historic attractions bring seacoast history alive with many attractions over 250 years old. See the most-painted building in the world. Walking Rockport’s history and visiting Rockport’s churches are time honoured traditions. Pristine beaches, historic lighthouses and landmarks, museums, ocean attractions including deep sea fishing, kayaking, sailing, and more make up this lovely part of North of Boston.