Before moving to Boston I didn't really do "day trips" mostly because I lived in a state that was so expansive it would take hours just to drive one way - so I didn't think I could make it (which was not true by the way...you could totally have a day trip in Florida)! Now it's a completely different story because of how close Boston is in relation to the other New England states!! With long weekends, Summer Friday's and fun weekends ahead I thought it would be a good time to share some ideas of how to make the most out of your day trip!
//PICK A DESTINATION
This one is quite possibly the easiest part of the plan or hardest depending on how you look at it! My absolute favorite day trip is going to Newport, RI - it's only about an hour and 20 minutes from the city (with no traffic) and there is plenty to do!! I think it's important to pick a location that will not require a ton of driving to get to - then you spend all day driving instead of enjoying your getaway! I think two hours is the perfect amount of time to spend in a car going one way! I also believe picking a location that offers you more than just restaurants to visit is key - even though a day spent eating sounds wonderful! If you are having a hard time deciding on where to go - let google help!! Find cities or towns that are no more than two hours away and then let TripAdvisor do the rest!
//LEAVE YOUR HOUSE EARLY
I think this one is sort of expected! If you only have a day to explore a new place or travel to a favorite spot, you want to leave early so that you get there early!! Early and late mean different things to different people, I'd say leaving by 8:00 AM ensures that you'll be at your destination that is no more than two hours away still in time for breakfast or even brunch!
//BRING A CHANGE OF CLOTHES
Maybe you'll agree with me on this one and maybe you wont!! I usually opt for something slightly more comfortable to wear for sightseeing and car rides. Since we are going to be spending all day somewhere walking and possibly sweating, I want to change before we head to dinner! While we're on the subject of clothes, be prepared for the beach or even a hike - just be prepared for a little adventure!
//EAT ONE SIGNATURE MEAL
For me lobster rolls are a must with any New England town I visit if I was going somewhere that was known for hot dogs, I'd probably make sure to have a hot dog!! I don't want to miss out and neither should you! Seriously though if you come to Boston for a day trip - do yourself a favor and go to James Hook & Co. for some of the best lobster / lobster rolls in the city!
//PICK ONE MUST SEE ATTRACTION OR ACTIVITY
If you're going to a small sea side town it probably wont be hard to see the entire city in a day, but if you're going somewhere big like Boston or New York for the day then you'll probably get a bit overwhelmed trying to do it all - this is why picking just one activity or attraction that you absolutely must knock off your list is a must! If I'm going somewhere known for their beaches - I'm going to spend a large portion of my time exploring that - same goes for a place that has a few great vineyards...I'll be doing some day drinking! One of my favorite parts of day trips is since these destinations aren't far - I'll be back, so seeing it all the first time around isn't a priority!
//TREAT THIS LIKE A VACATION
Our summers are so jam packed that we often don't really have a true vacation, this is why we should treat our day trips like vacations! So we might opt for a fancier dinner or do something a bit pricier, like a boat right or sight seeing tour. Since it doesn't happen that often, why not splurge a little!
Day trips are the best - it's less than a weekend away, but more than just an afternoon spent exploring!! What are your suggestions of making the most out of a day trip?
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