Most Scenic Roads in Massachusetts

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For a relatively compact piece of terrain. Massachusetts offers both a satisfying mix of scenery and a generous dose of American history, but to enjoy the best of the state's treasures, one first has to know where to turn off the best-known highways and venture into the true New England countryside. Thanks to The Traveler's Guide to the Most Scenic Roads in Massachusetts, we can now embark on twenty of the Bay State's most scenic, pleasurable, and uncrowded drives.
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The Traveler's Guide to the Most Scenic Roads in Massachusetts

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Overview

For a relatively compact piece of terrain. Massachusetts offers both a satisfying mix of scenery and a generous dose of American history, but to enjoy the best of the state's treasures, one first has to know where to turn off the best-known highways and venture into the true New England countryside. Thanks to The Traveler's Guide to the Most Scenic Roads in Massachusetts, we can now embark on twenty of the Bay State's most scenic, pleasurable, and uncrowded drives.
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Publishers Weekly
Seasoned guidebook author Gibson (New Hampshire's Most Scenic Roads; Walking the Maine Coast) shares some of Massachusetts' loveliest roads less traveled in this slim volume. For summer visitors to the Bay State or longtime residents of the Commonwealth, these 20 point-to-point and circular routes take drivers through woodlands, past shorelines and along historic back roads. Some routes overlap, but nearly the entire state is covered in mini-excursions that can be completed in an hour or two or lingered over for a day. Route 1, for example, covers Greenfield to North Adams, in the northwestern portion of the state, and is about 50 miles long. The hilly terrain is home to a preserved village from colonial times and maple sugar operations. Route 10 links Lynn, Marblehead and Salem; drivers on this 17-mile cruise will see coastal vistas and historical landmarks, such as the home of Nathaniel Hawthorne. For each route, Gibson gives specific directions, maps and photographs. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892725564
  • Publisher: Down East Books
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,331,245
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Route 1 Greenfield to North Adams 21
Route 2 Holyoke to Northfield 29
Route 3 Northampton to Great Barrington 37
Route 4 North Adams, Williamstown, Pittsfield, Lenox 44
Route 5 Berkshire Loop: Pittsfield, Dalton, Cummington, Plainfield, Savoy, Adams 53
Route 6 Around Quabbin Reservoir 60
Route 7 Great Barrington, South Egremont, Mount Washington State Forest 68
Route 8 Westfield to Dalton 75
Route 9 Newburyport to Manchester-by-the-Sea 80
Route 10 Nahant, Lynn, Swampscott, Marblehead, Salem 88
Route 11 North Shore Journey: Bradford to Gloucester 97
Route 12 Gloucester-Rockport-Outer Cape Ann Loop 105
Route 13 Carlisle to Wayland, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge 113
Route 14 Fitchburg to Townsend Harbor, Lunenburg 120
Route 15 Leicester to Phillipston 125
Route 16 Southbridge-Sturbridge Loop 131
Route 17 Hingham, Scituate, Duxbury, Plymouth 138
Route 18 Fairhaven to Plymouth 144
Route 19 Sagamore to Orleans 151
Route 20 Sagamore to South Cape Beach 159
Appendix A An Author's Favorites 165
Appendix B Sources of Useful Information 172
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