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Sometimes you can’t get away for a full vacation. But you still need to get away. Massachusetts day trips can certainly scratch that itch.


As you’re reading this, I’m guessing you might be at work. Or on your way to work. Or maybe on your way home from work. And perhaps you’re thinking: “I’d like to be somewhere else.” Because work is, well, work. And traffic is, well, a soul-crushing byproduct of work. And sometimes we just need a day away from all of that noise to reset, recharge, and reconnect with ourselves, right?


That’s the subject of this week’s 12-Inch Poll. That’s where I, Adam 12, ask you [insert your name here] to answer some inane question my addled brain has spit out. I’ve had travel on that addled brain of mine as of late. A couple of weeks ago, I asked you about the best holiday weekend to take off. A few weeks before that, it was favorite New England summer vacation destinations.


You’ll see a few of those destinations pop up in this week’s Poll, to be sure. Because sometimes a place can be great for a week away, but also great for a day. I’ll use a non-Massachusetts example: Wells Beach, Maine. Every summer, I spend a week there with my family. But I also make a regular habit of spending an afternoon and evening there during the warmer months. It’s so close!


Massachusetts Day Trips: What’s the Best Destination?

Back to the Commonwealth, I’ve come up with a handful of local spots that are choice day trip selections. Mostly, they’re regions and not actual cities and towns. That’s because I want to give you the area and let you, in your own addled brain, imagine where you’d spend the day. Take a trip through my selections, then vote for the place you’d most like to day-trip.

  • Cape Cod

    A week away (or maybe a long weekend) on the Cape has long been a staple of MA vacationers. But what about that mid-week summertime day trip? When the traffic isn’t so brutal? I’d hit the Edward Gorey Museum, personally.

  • The Islands

    What’s that? You can afford a week away on the Vineyard or Nantucket? Well, good for you, moneybags. The rest of us will settle for a ferry ride and a day on the island of our choice, thank you very much.

  • Cape Ann

    What about the “other” Cape? Gloucester is an obvious destination for a beach day. But if I’m heading that way for a day, I’m spending it in Rockport, bumming around Bearskin Neck.

  • Boston

    Boston is a worldwide tourist destination. But if you’re a Boston-area local, the city can make for a great day trip in a pinch. Because you already know all the great places to go…and the ones to avoid!

  • Merrimack Valley

    What’s that? You only hit Nashoba during ski season? That’s fine, actually. Perfect for a day trip to ski or ride. But they have wineries and such that make the region a year-round day trip destination.

  • Worcester County

    Get on the Pike and go west, young one. In less than an hour, you’re in Worcester county. Maybe knock around Worcester proper for the day, eating and drinking and taking in the sights? Or Sturbridge Village? Endless possibilities.

  • South Coast

    The region is on the come-up, with breweries and the like starting to pop up here and there. And you could spend a whole day in Plymouth alone, what with the beaches and history.

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