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Massachusetts shows off her true colors in spring. Whether you’re cruising the coast or meandering through the mountains, here are 5 drives that will take you through some of the most beautiful areas of the state.
Rte. 127 from Beverly to Rockport
This coastal route takes you through quaint coastal towns full of history and beauty. You’ll cruise past grand sea captain’s mansions, rugged seascapes and charming town centers. Make a stop at Long Hill in Beverly, to stroll the spectacular Sedgwick Garden and hike the wooded trails. Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea is one of the prettiest beaches in the state. Gloucester is America’s oldest working seaport. The city is alive with a vibrant restaurant scene and steeped in maritime history. Your route ends in Rockport, one of the quaintest towns in Massachusetts. Antique stores, restaurants, historic homes and an ocean-side concert hall are worth a stop.
Rte. 6A from Bourne to Orleans
“Landscapes, like beauty, may well be colored by the eye of the beholder, but steering along tree-shaded Route 6A on a mild summer day, with blue inlets of Cape Cod Bay on one side and white picket-fenced houses on the other, I’m tempted to conclude this may be the most appealing stretch of America I know.”
–Jonathan Kandell, Smithsonian magazine, April 2005
Route 6A, on the northern, or bay side, of Cape Cod, winds its way through some of the oldest villages in America, including Bourne, Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster and Orleans. Many of the homes and churches along this tree-shaded road are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are also several beaches nearby, including Sandy Neck and Town Neck Beach. If you are interested in seeing what Cape Cod looked like before tourists discovered it, and want to visit some of the best quaint, little shops in New England, Route 6A is the place to be.
Rte. 122 from Paxton to Orange
Riding along Rte. 122 takes you north of the Quabbin Reservoir, the largest reservoir in Massachusetts. You’ll pass through the historic towns of Paxton and Barre and the classic New England mill town of Orange.
Rte. 112 from Huntington to Colrain
Rte. 112 is Situated about equidistant from Boston and Providence, with New York City just an additional hour’s drive away, Western MA puts captivating scenery, top-tier arts and great local food within reaching distance of New England’s major metropolitan centers. While Northampton and Pittsfield are household names in this part of the Commonwealth, there are also a number of more removed towns that are excellent for an escape.
Rte. 116 from South Deerfield to Adams
Rte. 116 zigzags its way through Western Massachusetts, this road takes travelers from the eastern outskirts of the Mohawk Trail to the heart of the Berkshires, passing through a number of towns that are each well worth a stop along the way.