New England Adventures - Part 1
After our quick trip through KY, WV, PA and NY we landed in southeast Massachusetts for a couple of weeks. This was super refreshing since we spent basically from the end of June through the middle of November moving every 3-4 days. We love traveling but moving that often takes it toll. We were excited to just slow down and get back into a bit of a routine. We also spent some time exploring the area.
One spot that we absolutely fell in love with was the Sandwich area. We spent a couple of afternoon/evenings out there. Here are some pics from the boardwalk that took you out to the beach. It was amazing to see how much the tide went up and down in these coastal areas.
We were also only about 20 minutes from Plymouth rock which as maybe a little underwhelming but still a fun spot to check out and see where some of the first pilgrims landed back in the 1600's.
We were staying at a campground called Gateway to Cape Cod while in Massachusetts so it just made sense that we needed to explore the Cape. We were about a 2 hour drive from Provincetown which is the town all the way out at the end of the cape. We spent one morning out there. The town had a similar feel to Key West, beachy and laid back! The downtown area was a fun and easy walk with fun stores and restaurants. Since buying chockey type touristy stuff doesn't really fit our model of downsizing we opted to pass on the shopping and check out the local library. Glad we did because it was pretty cool with a big ship inside of it.
On our way back towards our campground drove up to the national seashore park ranger station which had some incredible views. We even got to see some whales swimming on the ocean side of the cape from this lookout. Since we love beaches we also found a super fun beach, Coast Guard Beach. We hung out there for awhile and played in the sand and waves. We also saw some seals swimming just off the shore.
A trip to New England wouldn't be complete without a tour of Boston. We spent one long day in the city but could have easily done more. There was so much to see and lots of fun areas of town. The main attraction we took in was walking the Freedom Trail. If you aren't familiar there, is a line of red bricks laid into the sidewalks/streets that lead you through town on a 2.5 mile long walk. There are 16 historical sites along the way. We managed to make it to 15 of them and saw the 16th from afar. We were tired!
Of course we had to check out the Otis House! We thought these were relatives of Laura's, her maiden name is Otis, but it turns out her relatives lived in Maine, not Boston! We found this out after we spent $25 for the tour! Gah!!!
What would a trip to Boston be without a trip to Cheers! It was actually semi dissappointing in that the bar that they used for the show was actually upstairs. There was a line to sit in Norm's stool so I opted for a pic outside!
We also got a recommendation from a few people to check out Newport Beach in Rhode Island. I'm glad we listened and checked it out. It was totally worth it! We did the cliff walk along the beach which was incredible to see the homes along the way.
That was the two weeks we spent in the Cape Cod and Boston area! So much to see and 2 weeks wasn't enough time to see it all. So many cool places and both of us agreed that we could see ourselves spending the summer in this area. We will have another blog post up shortly with our trip up into New Hampshire and Maine! We liked that area even more!
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