Day Trips and Excursions


Lexington and Concord
20-30 minute drive from Harvard Square
Visit Lexington and Concord to see the site of the infamous battle at Old North Abridge, Walden Pond, the Minuteman Statue, and the Emerson and Alcott Houses. The towns are accessible by MBTA commuter rail and bus service. For more information, call 617-222-3200 or go online to By car, Concord and Lexington can be reached by driving out of Harvard Square on Massachusetts Avenue west toward Arlington or by taking Route 2W.

45-55 minute drive from Harvard Square
Salem, a historic Massachusetts seaport, was the site of the infamous witch trials of the late 1600s. This small, walkable city has many museums featuring the history and culture surrounding the witch trials. Also in Salem is the Peabody Essex Museum, whose collection of 2.4 million works includes art from China, Japan, Korea, India, the Pacific Islands, and Africa, as well as Native American Art, Maritime Art and History, and the nation’s premier collection of objects from New England. For more information about Salem, go online to Commuter rail trains depart daily from north Station. For more commuter rail information, call 617-222-3200 or go online to

Western Massachusetts
2-2 ½ hour drive from Harvard Square
West of Boston lie the Berkshire Mountains and the birthplace of W. E. B. Du Bois in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Visit Sturbridge, a recreated village from the 1800s, the Connecticut River Valley, the Five College Area (including Northampton and Amherst), and the many locations that this area offers for outdoor recreation.

Cape Cod
From one to several hours drive from Harvard Square depending on traffic and destination
Commonly referred to as “The Cape,” this popular vacation spot is home to beautiful beaches, art galleries, and a multitude of outdoor activities. Bonanza Bus Line (617-720-4110) leaves regularly from South Station (Red Line) with stops at Bourne, Falmouth and Woods Hole. In Plymouth, visit Plymouth Plantation, Plymouth Rock, and the Mayflower II. At Hyannis, the ferry departs for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. For information call 508-778-2600 or go online to

90 minute ferry running daily between Boston and Provincetown, the tip of the cape
Provincetown, or P-Town, is full of art galleries, shops, restaurants and beaches. Known for its traditional Cape Cod atmosphere with small, winding streets and a boardwalk, Provincetown is a perfect place to grab a lobster dinner or experience a whale watching excursion.
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Newport, Rhode Island
2 hour drive from Harvard Square
With its spectacular seaside cliffs, Newport was once the summer residence for many of America’s wealthiest families. Many of these 19th century mansions are open for summer tours, including the “Breakers,” designed for the Vanderbilts. Narrow streets on the harbor side of town host some great little restaurants. For more information, go online to

Coastal Maine
2-2 ½ hour drive from Harvard Square
Maine is a short drive from the Boston area. Visit the scenic towns along the coast, including Ogunquit, Old Orchard Beach and Kennebunkport. Portland, with a restored “Old Town,” is about two hours from Boston. And the L.L. Bean Store, open 24 hours a day, is in Freeport.

Car Rentals

Avis Rent-A-Car
1 Bennett Street, Cambridge
(Charles Hotel)
Tel: 617-534-1430 or 800-331-1212

Budget Rent-A-Car
220 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Tel: 617-497-3615

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
25 River Street, Cambridge
Tel: 617-547-7400

Thrifty Car Rental
110 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge
(Harvard Square Hotel)
Tel: 617-876-2758

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