A Fantastic 3 Day RV Itinerary from Boston

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Zakim BridgeLooking for a great place to take your RV and spend three fantastic days? Well, believe it or not, there is no better area of the country to do it in than the Northeast and no better city to serve as the centerpiece of your journey than the great city of Boston. Known as “The Hub”, Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and largest city in New England—but it is much more than that. It is also one of the nation’s oldest cities and one that is awash in history, culture, and sports. And there is plenty to see and do in nearby parts of the state as well. Here is a suggested 3-day road trip itinerary offering a great blend of history, adventure, relaxation, and sight-seeing—with plenty of flexibility built in. Follow along as we map out this stimulating excursion.


We begin our journey about 20 miles northwest of Boston at the place where the American Revolution all began: Lexington and Concord. More specifically, our first stop is Minute Man National Historic Park. For a history buff, the park has it all: tours, re-enactments, and an incredible multimedia presentation that even non-history buffs will find spellbinding. The park is divided into three sections: the Lexington section, consisting of several historic homes and taverns as well as a 5-mile pedestrian trail following the original road used by the defeated British troops as they left Concord; the Wayside section, which served as the home of several famed 19th century authors; and the Concord section, containing the Old North Bridge, the famed site of the “shot heard ’round the world.”

To get to our second stop, we hop in the RV and head east on Route 95 to take the 45-minute drive to the colonial port town of Salem. Although mostly known for witchcraft, Salem is also a bona fide historical site with dozens of attractions. Visitors can learn all about the witch trials at the Salem Witch Museum; tour the grounds at the House of Seven Gables (site of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace); soak in the enormous collection of maritime art at the Peabody Essex Museum; learn about pirates at the New England Pirate Museum; or visit an 1871 lighthouse at Fort Pickering.

Our first day concludes with a half-hour RV ride east along Route 128 to America’s oldest fishing port, the quaint coastal village of Gloucester. Here visitors can take a walking tour replete with historical buildings, maritime sights, and a stimulating artist colony. We finish our day at one of Gloucester’s many outstanding restaurants, where we can enjoy some of the best seaside dining in the country.

There are lots of options for overnight camping in Gloucester. Here are some of them:



Our second day is spent in the city of Boston itself. We can get there from Gloucester via commuter rail, bus, or boat. Or a better idea might be to drive south along Route 128 and then Route 93 and park our RV at one of the large parking lots located at many suburban subway stops closer to the city. Either way, we begin with a walking tour of the 2.5-mile historic Freedom Trail. Starting at the Boston Commons, we pass by the Old North Church, continue on to Faneuil Hall, grab a quick bite in the Quincy Market or hold off until we get to Boston’s North End where there are dozens of great Italian restaurants. Depending on time, we can stop and visit Paul Revere’s house, the USS Constitution, and the Bunker Hill Monument.

Next, we treat ourselves to a Duck Tour. This is a great way to view the sights of the city both by land and by sea. The tour first takes passengers past many colonial landmarks and also past other types of landmarks like the famous “Cheers” bar that inspired the classic 80s TV show. During the second part of the ride, the amphibious vehicle dips into the drink so that passengers can shift their focus to some waterside sightseeing.

We end the day by revisiting the city’s North End for a great meal at one of the many famed restaurants in that area.


OK, the third day is our “flex” day. There is certainly much more to see in the city of Boston itself, so we can spend the entirety of our final day there. Or instead, we can duck out mid-day and take a relaxing Boston harbor ferry ride.

First we head back to the city and visit some places we didn’t get to see during Day 2. Specifically, we start at the Waterfront and take a Trolley Tour, which lets us depart and re-board at any designated stop. And there are many great places to stop along the way, including the New England Aquarium, the Boston Children’s Museum, and great seafood restaurants along the Wharf.

Now we’ve got a choice to make. We can stay in the waterfront area and catch the Park Passenger Ferry from one of many mainland piers. These relaxing, comfortable ferry rides transport passengers to one or more small islands, where there is lots to see and do. For example, Georges Island is home to Fort Warren, a 19th-century granite stronghold built for the defense of the city of Boston. And Spectacle Island has beaches and trails with breathtaking views of the Boston harbor and city skyline.

Alternatively, we can continue to explore Boston by hopping on the subway’s Green Line and heading to the Back Bay Area. From there we can take a tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, do some shopping on Boston’s famed Newbury Street, and get a 360-degree view of the city from the Prudential Center Skywalk. After that, it’s on to historic Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, for a memorable tour of the ballpark. Tours are conducted hourly throughout the day on non-day games. And if there happens to be a night game on tap, what is a better way to close out the itinerary than to stick around and catch the game?

Thinking about where to camp at night? Here are a few alternatives for overnight RV camping in the Boston area:


Great vacations come in many shapes and sizes, but for a 3-day getaway there’s no better place to take your RV than the Northeast to see the sights of Boston. This is an area that has something for everyone: history, recreation, food, culture, sports, relaxation, outdoor fun—you name it. A 3-day RV road trip to Boston will be something you will enjoy so much it will keep you thinking about making it a 5-day trip next time around.

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Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. Be sure to check out their new Professional Football (NFL) Tailgating and RV Tailgating to College Football Games pages in preparation for the upcoming seasons.

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