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Posted by Name Left Blank (more from Name Left Blank) on Sun, 15 Jul 2018 13:02:11 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Have lived MA, CT, RI, NH and VT, Noel [Profile/Gallery] , Sun, 1 Jul 2018 12:42:12
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MA sucks. I should know, I live there. Everything is undersized and overpriced when it comes to "attractions", food, lodging, etc - at least considering that you're in MA, not Aruba.

The Cape is nice, but unless you plan to travel to/from from 12AM to 5AM, expect to sit in traffic on the bridges for 2 - 3 hours on and off and expect more traffic sitting on Rt 6 if you try to go anywhere in the day. Expect ridiculous prices for what you get. The National Seashore is nice once you get out there.

Sturbridge Village is nice if you're into the mid 1800's historical thing. There's a tavern that is very good for lunch.

Western MA and the Berkshires are nice because there are a lot less people, as long as you stay away from the cities.

Walden Pond used to be nice years ago but they turned it into a state run park with lots of rules, regulations, regulators, and fences. Don't expect to get the experience Thoreau got. Still, it is the only clean water to swim in east of 495, so arrive early if you go (to get parking) and swim somewhere around the pond, not at the beach.

Rt 2, as noted, is a much better drive than the Mass Pike if you have the time. It's rarely crowded once you are west of Ashburnham although there can be a lot of commuter traffic in the usual hours, especially east of there.

Battleship Cove is great if you're into that sort of thing, as mentioned. Tour the battleship and the sub at a minimum. Speaking of Naval exhibits, catch the nuke sub in Groton, CT if you can go by on your way up. Work in a day in Newport at the mansions on that leg and eat at the White Horse Tavern.

Rockport (Rocky Neck) is nice if it's near your path. The beaches on the north shore are generally rough sand and/or rock and the water is very cold, so set your expectations.

Plan to avoid commuter hours on any highway from 495 in. The closer you get to Boston, the worse it is. 95/128 is now a parking lot much of the day.

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