Boston is one of those classic and charming destinations on the North Atlantic coast where the Old World meets the New. Founded in 1630, the capital and largest city of Massachusetts is one of the oldest in the United States. You can expect to encounter history wherever you turn while enjoying the food (bounties straight from the farm and the sea), art, nightlife, and other comforts and conveniences of a big city. Start your search for an RV in Boston and get ready to see the sights in and around this exciting city that offers something for everyone.
The greater Boston area is also home to some of the most prestigious universities in the United States whose well-curated museums are open to the public. Rent a motorhome in Boston and head inland where you will find plenty of historic towns, wineries, farmers’ markets, museums and galleries – the most notable being the Worcester Art Museum with its 35,000-piece collection – country landscapes, scenic bikeways, and state parks to explore. And that’s not counting the hundreds of miles of beaches in Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island, which are fantastic starting points for whale-watching tours. Baseball fans shouldn’t miss Fenway Park, where the Red Sox play.
The Great Outdoors
Massachusetts is blessed by both coastal bounty and countryside beauty, and many campgrounds that have special facilities to accommodate RV campers. Renting an RV in Boston puts you in an enviable position to eat all the lobster and clams you can, spot whales on a whale cruise, and go on a wine tour.
Or, head inland and spend the night in October Mountain State Forest less than 20 miles away from Pittsfield in Berkshire county, where you could rent a motorhome. Throughout the state, there are at least two dozen state parks, state forests, and reservation lands to stretch your legs in, but if you wish to test your endurance, hiking the Appalachian Trail that snakes through The Berkshires may be good idea.
If a country setting brimming with family-friendly outdoor activities is what you’re after, then follow the Johnny Appleseed Trail (between the Freedom Trail and the Mohawk Trail on scenic Route 2) for farm-fresh food, county festivals and plenty of campgrounds. While outdoor recreation here is year-round, autumn is the best time to visit with your camper rental from Boston as north central Massachusetts is renowned for its breathtaking foliage.
But if you want to combine leaf peeping with hiking, drive your Boston RV rental to the 6,000-acre Blue Hills Reservation, which is less than 30 minutes to the south. The Minute Man National Park is also a stunning place to see fall colors as well as retrace pivotal moments in American history.
Put a luxury motorhome rental to good use by going on a wine tour. Massachusetts has a growing number of wineries scattered all throughout the state, and what better way to see most of them than driving your RV rental from Boston from one cellar to the next. Aside from wine-tasting, you will also get to witness grape stomping, enjoy live music, and match wines with wonderful local food.
About 35 minutes south of downtown Boston lies Wompatuck State Park with a dump station and more than 100 electric hookups. You’ll also have a source of fresh drinking water from the park’s Mt. Blue Spring. The park is perfect for active vacations. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, hunting and non-motorized boating await the adventurous. There’s a Walmart in Weymouth 10 minutes away. There are plenty of gas stations in the town of Hingham where the park is located. The park’s peak season is from mid-May to early October.
If you want to overnight near the Lexington & Concord area, spend a night or two at the Boston Minuteman Campground less than an hour northwest of Boston. There is water and electric hookup and a centrally located dump station. Half an hour east of the campgrounds is the Minute Man National Historical Park where the Revolutionary War began. If you are a fan of 19th century American authors, Concord was once the home of Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Pet-friendly Winter Island Marine Park is 40 minutes north of downtown Boston via the Rockport Line and has both water and electric hookups. Gas stations and a Walmart are 15 minutes away. Not only does the park offer beach access, it’s also home to the Witch Museum containing staged exhibits from the 1692 Salem witch trials. For a hair-raising experience, book an RV rental in Boston, MA so you can visit Salem around Halloween.
Do you wish to remain within close distance of public transportation while exploring the sights during the day? Boston’s MBTA system, known locally as “The T”, provides convenient access throughout the area. Be sure to inquire about open lot parking, as most garages in Boston are indoors and unable to accommodate RVs because of height. Across its transportation network, MBTA owns and operates around 100 parking lots, with more than 44,000 spaces available.
Exploring the City
Boston is perhaps known (or notorious) for the Boston Tea Party, but that’s just a piece of the puzzle in the country’s fight against British rule. Boston played a key role in the American Revolution and there’s nothing more historically instructive than a walk on the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail. Follow the red line as it leads you to 16 historically significant sites made up of meeting houses, museums, churches and burial grounds. But even as many of the crucial events in the American Revolution began in Boston, its narrow streets and brick buildings evoke a European feel that’s not as palpable in most American cities.
Despite its size, Boston is an intimate and walkable city, which explains why it’s quite a challenge to find parking within the city for a travel trailer rental. Once you get your RV trailer squared away, the city’s walkability makes it convenient to stop at one or two museums, stroll the historic districts, and enjoy dinner on the waterfront all within the day. For bookish visitors, a visit to Harvard University or Massachusetts Institute of Technology may be in order. Hop on the T to get from Harvard to the Harbor, then to the Greater Boston area and beyond. Take the Plymouth/Kingston rail line to see where the Mayflower Pilgrims arrived in 1620. If you have your eyes set on something else, like the Boston Marathon, plan to visit before the third Monday of April when the event takes place.
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