5 road trips on a single tank from Boston, Massachusetts
Between high gas prices, limited vacation days, and chaotic air travel, taking a local road trip is more appealing than ever this summer. These five destinations are all within 300 miles (round-trip) of Boston, Massachusetts, making them ideal for quick getaways. Spend less time at the pump and more time enjoying the ride.
1. Kennebunkport, Maine
Total mileage: 180 miles
Head an hour and a half north of town to the quintessential coastal town of Kennebunkport, Maine. Here you can kayak in the swamp, relax on the beach, eat all the lobster rolls you can stomach, and check out the shops and cafes around Dock Square. Thanks to its location north of Boston, you’ll avoid the heavy summer traffic to Cape Cod. The town is known for being home to the Bush family compound, which you can see from the water.
Don’t miss: Relax on Goose Rocks Beach, eat a lobster roll at Nunans’s Lobster Hut or Mabel’s Lobster Claw, take a lobster boat tour, visit the First Families Kennebunkport Museum and explore the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.
Stay: Glamp or camp at Sandy Pines Campground, located about a 15-minute drive from town. Or stay at the historic The Colony Hotel.
Charge: Some accommodations in town offer electric vehicle charging stations, and there are also a few public options near town.
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2. Provincetown, MA
Total mileage: 230 miles
Located at the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown (or P-Town) is a bustling, LGBTQ-friendly beach town that’s great to visit any time of the year. Expect heavy traffic when driving from town during summer rush hour, or you can choose to take a ferry. But once you arrive, you’ll feel like you’re worlds away from Boston. Come for a themed weekend or the annual carnival week, which takes place in August.
Don’t miss: Watch the sunset at Race Point Beach, eat at the Lobster Pot, stroll through art galleries, visit the Pilgrim Monument and try malasadas at the Provincetown Portuguese Bakery.
Stay: The Surfside Hotel and Suites has its own private beach and is pet friendly.
Charge: There are only a few EV chargers in Provincetown, so plug in along your route from Boston to Cape Town. Energy company Eversource supports charging stations at landmarks such as the Cape Cod Rail Trail, Nauset Beach, Skaket Beach and the Jonathan Young Windmill.
3. Newport, Rhode Island
Total mileage: 140 miles
Known for its maritime history and Golden Age mansions, Newport offers plenty of activities for a weekend getaway or longer. The seaside town is about an hour and a half drive from Boston (depending on traffic). Whether it’s wandering Thames Street, eating fresh seafood or seeing a historic lighthouse on Goat Island, visitors of all ages and travel styles will enjoy the city by the sea. sea. Just across the bridge from Newport is Jamestown, the home of various Moonrise Kingdom filming locations.
Don’t miss: Visit The Breakers, Marble House or countless other mansions; enjoy the Cliff Walk; eat stuffed (baked clams) at Easton’s Beach Snack Bar; dinner at the Clarke Cooke House; and visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Stay: Overnight at Gilded, a boutique hotel located just off Bellevue Avenue.
Charge: A few hotels in the area offer charging stations. You’ll also find them in Fort Adams State Park.
4. Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Total mileage: 220 miles
Located on Lake Winnipesaukee, about 2 hours from Boston, Wolfeboro is known as “America’s First Resort.” Picturesque Main Street is home to favorites like Bailey’s Bubble and the Yum Yum Shop. The best thing to do here is get out on the water with a boat rental and explore the many islands in the lake. Rattlesnake Island is a local gem, known for its shape, not its snake sightings, and is a scenic spot for day hikes.
Don’t miss: Eat at Wolfetrap Grille and Raw Bar, rent paddleboards, enjoy pizza at Nolan’s Brick Oven Bistro, and drink beer at Lone Wolfe Brewing.
Stay: There are plenty of cute inns in town, like the Pickering House Inn, or you can camp nearby at Wolfeboro Campground.
Charge: There aren’t many charging stations in Wolfeboro, so be sure to charge along your route. There are options along Interstate 95 to/from Boston.
5. Block Island, Rhode Island
Total mileage: 200 miles
Travel to Naragannset (Port Judith Terminal) or Newport, Rhode Island, and take the high-speed ferry to Block Island. Many tourist attractions and beaches can be reached on foot (or by bike) from the ferry dock, but if you prefer to bring your car, you can do so via the traditional ferry (from the Port Judith terminal only); reservations must be made in advance by calling 866-783-7996 ext. 3. The ferry takes 30 minutes to 1 hour. Once on the island, you will have many beaches, shops, art galleries and restaurants to see.
Don’t miss: Ride horseback at Rustic Rides Farm, take a nature walk through the Nature Conservancy, eat beachside at Beachhead, and have breakfast at Ernie’s Breakfast Restaurant.
Stay: Overnight at Block Island Beach House.
Charge: There are no public charging stations on Block Island. Recharge at Newport or Port Judith/Galilee if needed.