From centuries-old churches to Revolutionary War landmarks, Boston is a city that prides itself on its history. Add in contemporary institutions like the world-class Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, and you’ve got a well-rounded cultural destination. Meanwhile, less than two hours’ drive southeast of the city, Cape Cod offers a traditional New England seaside experience, where you can dig into an oversized lobster roll or bird-watch from a salt marsh boardwalk.
To make the most of a Massachusetts vacation in just one getaway, check out this guide to experience the historical and cultural charms of the Commonwealth’s capital city and catch some of Cape Cod’s relaxing coastal vibes.
How to Get There
- From Boston Logan International Airport, drive 4 miles west to downtown Boston and about 60 miles southeast to Cape Cod.
- From F. Green Airport outside Providence, Rhode Island, drive about 60 miles northeast to Boston and 70 miles east to Cape Cod.
Walk on History’s Trail
The self-guided, 2.5-mile Freedom Trail makes it easy to visit the city’s major historical attractions. Park your car in the garage beneath the Boston Common and start exploring the city’s expansive central park by following the red line painted on the ground. Before you exit the park, take the kids for a carousel ride in the center of the Common at Frog Pond. Or when the pond is frozen in the winter, enjoy an hour or two of ice skating with the whole family. After you’ve burned off some energy in the park, stroll along the trail past downtown sights like the 1809 Park Street Church and the historic marketplace Faneuil Hall,. Stop here for a bowl of traditional clam chowder from vendors like Boston Chowda Co.