When the city starts to warm up and you can feel heat emanating out of every one of those beautiful brick buildings, the time is right to hit the road. Boston is blessedly close to plenty of getaways made just for road tripping, from the Cape Cod seaside to camping among the pine trees to a Vermont lakefront town begging you to kick back with a brew.
What says summer more than top-notch brews, a shimmering lake, and a cold ice cream cone? The birthplace of Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington has all of these, plus all the syrup your heart desires. Start with a beer flight at Switchback Brewing Company, top it off with a refreshing hard cider at Citizen Cider, and if your sweet tooth still needs fulfilling, grab a maple cremee (a local soft-serve-esque treat) at Burlington Bay Market and Cafe to enjoy by Lake Champlain.
Longtime summering spot of the Bush family, Kennebunkport is an expectedly picture-perfect seaside town. The ocean views alone are enough to make this quaint town worth the drive, but while you’re in Maine, do yourself a favor and make sure to grab a lobster roll. The Clam Shack on Kennebunk Bridge is worth the wait for a decadent, flavor-rich roll doused in both butter and mayo.
Glendale Falls, Middlefield, MA
An impressively thunderous cascade of water characterizes Glendale Falls, one of the longest and strongest waterfalls in the state. When the current is gentle enough, the pool below is enticing for swimmers — but with over five square miles of watershed feeding this beast, proceed at your own risk. Pack a picnic and settle in to make the most of the scenic expanse surrounding the falls.
A wide, curving swath of seaside awaits you in this charming Cape Cod town. Explore the coast by biking along the Province Lands trail, a delightful loop through pine trees, low-lying cranberry bogs, and sandy dunes. Once you’ve taken a refreshing dip in the ocean — detour to Race Point Beach recommended — head to the Red Inn for dinner with sweeping views of the coast, including the Long Point lighthouses.
Wompatuck State Park, MA
A quick trip from Boston, Wompatuck feels worlds away. Forget about the city and pitch a tent in one of the wooded campsites, then spend the day hiking and biking. Slake your thirst at Mt. Blue Spring, a natural source of fresh drinking water. If you want to catch your dinner too, bring your fishing gear to take advantage of Cohasset Reservoir, a wide blue expanse equally enticing to those more suited to sunbathing.
A town that looks like it was ripped straight out of a New England tourism ad, Newport is almost painfully picturesque. Take in the dramatic ocean views from the Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile walkway lining, you guessed it, the cliffside shore line. You’ll see some of the famous Newport mansions along this walk, but it’s worth spending some time checking out the rest. Take the time to go inside a few and imagine yourself living the Newport lifestyle during the Gilded Age.