The Short And Sweet Road Trip Through Massachusetts' Cape Ann You Can Take On A Single Tank Of Gas
Sometimes we just need to get away, change our surroundings for a bit, and gain a different perspective on life. Even if it’s just traveling within our own backyards, like on a Massachusetts road trip. If you’ve never explored Cape Ann, Massachusetts, we put together a short and sweet road trip to guide you. You’ll see some incredible scenery and visit some of the best of what this rocky cape has to offer.
This short and sweet road trip in MA is just over 26 miles. You can follow the route and stop at several points of interest by using our interactive map. Let’s get started!
Are you excited to take one of the best road trips in MA? Let us know about your favorite places on Cape Ann in the comments!
If you would like to extend this Massachusetts road trip a bit further, you can always head to Ipswich and stop by Castle Hill at the Crane Estate as well as Crane Beach.
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Getting to Know Massachusetts
What are the most scenic towns in Massachusetts?
Now that you've taken in a few towns as part of an MA road trip, make plans to explore some more of the most scenic towns in Massachusetts:
- Hadley: Located in Hampshire County, this town is known for open-field farming, a technique that is extinct almost everywhere else. Among the many great spots here include Skinner State Park, the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, and New England Falconry.
- Newburyport: This Essex County town is located right on the coast. Be sure to schedule visits to Maudslay State Park, the Custom House Maritime Museum, and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
- Concord: The Battle of Lexington and Concord, one of the most significant battles in American history took place in this Middlesex County town during the Revolutionary War. Make some time to see Minute Man Historical Park, Orchard House, and the Old Manse.
What are the best beaches in Massachusetts?
When the weather is nice, head out to some of the best beaches in Massachusetts:
- Mayflower Beach: You’ll find this stretch of sand on Cape Cod Bay in Dennis. There are 15 miles of shoreline to take in, with surfing being one of the most popular activities.
- Herring Cove Beach: Another beach on Cape Cod, this one is in Provincetown. This spot is a great option for those who want to avoid other crowded beaches in the area. Just be aware that it is clothing optional.
- Wingaersheek Beach: Located in Gloucester, this beach is on the Annisquam River. Enjoy swimming and sunbathing along the .6-mile beach. You can also fish, bike, and hike in the area.
What is Massachusetts known for?
Want to know more about The Bay State? Find out just what Massachusetts is known for:
- Dunkin’ Donuts: Today, you can find this coffee and donut chain all over the world, but the very first one opened up in Quincy in 1950. And it’s still open today.
- Salem Witch Trials: In 1692, over 200 people were accused of witchcraft in Salem, with more than a dozen of them being convicted and then executed. Today, you can visit the city and learn all about the facts (and fiction!) of this time in history.
- The Boston Tea Party: Another historical event in Massachusetts, in late 1773, colonists protested the British government’s tea tax by dumping 92,000 pounds of tea into the Boston Harbor.