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According to AAA, one in four Americans take a road trip every year, and with good reason. It’s cost effective (especially with falling gas prices), enriching, and utterly nostalgic, and just plain fun. While plenty of iconic routes snake across our nation — like the Pacific Coast Highway andRoute 66 — we rounded up under-the-radar routes that should definitely be on your bucket list. They’re just that amazing. So get your favorite driving playlists ready and check out these hidden-gem road-tripping adventures.
1. The Route: Boston to Rockport, Massachusetts
Salem Harbor, Salem, Massachusetts (Photo: Joe Devenney/Alamy)
The Vibe: The Massachusetts coast is alluring, dotted with historic fishing towns.
Along the Way: Start by taking in Boston’s best sights, from shopping on Newbury Street, to a Red Sox game inFenway Park, to The Freedom Trail, to Faneuil Hall Market Place, to eating in the North End. Then head to Salem on MA-1A North. Salem is steeped with history: It’s home to the infamous Salem witch hunts but it’s also quaint and beautiful. Be sure to check out the Peabody Essex Museum,The House of the Seven Gables, and Old Burying Point Cemetery. Just outside of Salem, you’ll also want to visitMarblehead, a charming, coastal village with roads and buildings dating back to the 18th century and a harbor filled with yachts. Wander the streets and visit Old Burial Hill,Castle Rock Park, and the Marblehead Lighthouse to stretch your legs. Drive north on I-127 to Gloucester, a fishing town home of the book and movie The Perfect Storm about the doomed Andrea Gale (and, incidentally, where the concept of frozen food was borne — it was developed there in America’s oldest working fishing port!). Good Harbor Beach and theFisherman’s Memorial are worth seeing, and you can also go whale-watching. End up in Rockport, a boho art colony where artists are inspired by, Motif #1, a 150-year-old red fishing shack on Bradley Wharf. Or check out Halibut Point State Park.
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