Traveling along the East Coast provides opportunities for a great variety of activities, particularly if the home-base for your trip is a diverse city with interesting day-trip locations nearby. One good example of this kind of East Coast destination is Boston. With a perfectly central location as a gateway into the New England region, Boston itself offers an incredible range of activities, while at the same time being located within short driving distance from many other attractions.
Boston is full of terrific choices for everyone in the family. No matter your taste and budget, Boston has lodgings, dining, shopping, museums and entertainment available. It also has some yearly events that both locals and visitors flock to, and if the trip is planned accordingly, you can participate in events such as the Boston Marathon, Boston Pride Festival or Lilac Sunday.
You can cheer at sporting events together with other visitors and locals at the TD Garden or at Fenway Park. Or if music is your passion, you can attend a concert while visiting Boston. Whether you want to hear classical music or rock, planning ahead is vital. For example, if the visitors want to buy Morrissey tickets at a show in Boston, it is a good idea to buy them online, through stubhub.com to guarantee a seat at the show before arriving in Boston. There are also ballet, opera and plays to choose from. For the night owls, Boston is a great destination with a thriving bar scene with many pubs, taverns and lounges.
Any East Coast trip cannot be completed without savoring the many dining options out there. As a cosmopolitan city, Boston has classic New England fare available as well as international, ethnic cuisine and many fusion-style restaurants. You can enjoy four-star restaurants or diner fare, both easily found in the Boston area. During the warmer months, Boston offers outdoor dining options, many of them at the waterfront.
One of the most important benefits of starting to travel in the East Coast with Boston as a home-base is the surplus of day-trip options available. You can easily drive to Newport, Rhode Island for the Cliff Walk and tour of the famous mansions built by powerful families like the Vanderbilts in the late 1800s. You can also drive to Mystic, Connecticut to visit the aquarium, as well as to a variety of beaches and beach towns, like Newburyport, Massachusetts.
For the nature-minded visitors, there are also many parks offering hiking trails to enjoy up and down the East Coast. You can also go out on whale-watching expeditions or take a canoe or kayak trip on the Charles River.
The East Coast has no shortage of exciting locations to keep everyone visiting having fun. Choosing a city like Boston to begin the trek, then getting to know different areas of the East Coast, is ideal.