This 231-Mile Road Trip Leads To Some Of The Most Scenic Parts Of Massachusetts, No Matter What Time Of Year It Is
It’s no secret that Massachusetts is a gorgeous state. In fact, beauty can be found within every town and around every corner of the Bay State. We decided to put together this road trip that leads to some of the most scenic places in Massachusetts. These are places you can visit any time of year. Of course, there are far too many places to add, but we think these are a great start for a scenic road trip.
This road trip is 231 miles and 6.5 hours of drive time. For your convenience, use this
interactive map as your guide, and feel free to add or remove any stops along the way.
1. Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Newbury
Refuge Road, Refuge Rd, Newburyport, MA 01951, USA
This scenic road trip in Massachusetts begins at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newbury. This 4,700-acre coastal refuge offers numerous habitats, much of which is salt marsh, for a variety of wildlife. It is also home to Plum Island, a barrier island, and is quite a scenic place to explore, hike, and go birdwatching.
to learn more about the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
The next stop is the quaint coastal town of Marblehead. Here you'll find historic homes that date back to the 17th century when the colonists arrived, a charming downtown with shops and restaurants, and a stunning rocky coastline.
Visit the Discover Marblehead
for more information.
3. The Boston Common and the Public Garden
Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, USA
The Common was established in 1634 as the country's first public park. Over 200 years later in 1837, the Public Garden became the first public botanical garden in the country. The Common and the Public Garden are located across Charles Street from one another. Each is an oasis in the middle of an urban environment.
City of Boston
website to learn more.
4. Borderland State Park, North Easton
259 Massapoag Ave, North Easton, MA 02356, USA
There's a bit of a fairytale feel as you walk around the 1,843-acre Borderland State Park. Found on the park's ground is the enchanting Ames Mansion that was built in 1910 as well as ponds, woodlands, and plenty of trails to explore it all.
to learn more about Borderland State Park.
5. Optional Stop: Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury
72 Wayside Inn Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776, USA
Whether you're looking for a place to eat, a place to spend the night, or both, a stop at the historic Longfellow's Wayside Inn is worthwhile. Established in 1716, Longfellow's is the country's oldest operating inn, which is reason enough to stop. However, you can stay overnight in one of the well-appointed rooms here or dine on New England fare in one of the historic dining rooms. Whatever you decide, it's certainly worth stopping at Longfellow's Wayside Inn.
to learn more about dining at Longfellow's Wayside Inn.
Concord is a gorgeous historic town that's just full of historic sites and natural beauty. From Walden Pond to Minute Man National Historic Park, the Battle Road Trail, the Old Manse, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, and more, there's so much to see you could spend an entire day here.
to learn more about the historic town of Concord.
7. Quabbin Reservoir
Quabbin Reservoir, Massachusetts, USA
Quabbin Reservoir is the largest inland body of water in the state. And while it is man-made, built between 1930 and 1939, it offers 181 miles of shoreline and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. It's also one of the most scenic places in Massachusetts.
to learn more about Quabbin Reservoir.
8. Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation, South Deerfield
300 Sugarloaf St, South Deerfield, MA 01373, USA
If you can get to the summit of Mount Sugarloaf, you'll be treated to come of the most spectacular views of the Connecticut River Valley. You can hike to the top or take a drive up the summit road which is open between mid-May and mid-October.
to learn about hiking at Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation.
9. French King Bridge, Millers Falls
Millers Falls Road, Millers Falls Rd, Millers Falls, MA, USA
Built between 1931-1932, the French King Bridge spans across the Connecticut River gorge. This dramatic bridge just adds to the stunning landscape that surrounds it.
Visit the Western Massachusetts Scenic Byways
to learn more about French King Bridge.
What are some of the most scenic places in Massachusetts in your opinion? Please share your thoughts in the comments!
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