New England's most populous city was first settled a century before it was officially incorporated in 1822. One of the downsides of touring such a historic city by rented RV is few places in Boston are able to accommodate such large vehicles. Therefore, RV drivers in New England should stay outside the city and take public transit into Boston, where driving has always been difficult. Boston is best explored by trolley, duck tours, or on foot during any of the city's numerous walking tours.
The compact size of Boston and the rest of Massachusetts compared with other parts of the United States means RV motorists do not need to drive very far to see smaller, yet equally historic, New England communities. The seaside suburb of Quincy is home to the John Adams National Historic Site. Lexington was the final destination of Paul Revere during his historic 1775 ride. Salem, once infamous for its witch trials, is now a peaceful suburban community. Cape Cod and Nantucket are summer getaways, but visitors can enjoy peaceful islands and beaches much closer to the city at the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.
The Freedom Trail takes visitors past 16 of Boston's most historic landmarks. The trail, clearly marked with a red line, begins at the Boston Common Visitor Center, situated in the country's first public park. The Boston Common was first purchased in 1634 as a cattle feeding and militia training field.
John Hancock was the original owner of the land where the New State House was built in 1795 on Beacon Hill. Daily guided tours of this golden domed building are available. Next come a couple of burying grounds and the site of the nation's first public school, whose former pupils include Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams.
The Old State House was the original British Parliament and colonial government building. The spot of the 1770 Boston Massacre can be clearly seen from the same balcony where John Hancock first read the Declaration of Independence.
Countless town meetings have taken place at Faneuil Hall, now located in front of Quincy Market, an ideal place to grab a bite to eat before proceeding to the Paul Revere House, Boston's oldest surviving residence. The final Freedom Tour stops are the Bunker Hill Monument, where the first American Revolution battle was fought,and the U.S.S. Constitution. This vessel, first built in 1797, stands in the Charlestown Navy Yard and is open to the public today.
Nearby Deerfield River rafting, canoeing, hunting, and fishing are just some of the reasons why Country Aire RV Park and Campground, is one of the Berkshire region's most popular RV parks. Colourful foliage surrounds this Charlemont park in autumn.
TheBeach Rose RV Park is minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean in Salisbury, part of the Minutemen Region. The neighbouring states of Maine and New Hampshire are also reasonable drives from this family-owned park.
Serene forests surround the Old Chatham Road RV Resort halfway between the South Dennis Bayside and the Atlantic Ocean. Your recreational vehicle will take only 15 minutes to reach Chatham and 20 to travel to Hyannis from this Cape Cod park.
Driving in Boston is definitely difficult, so RV motorists should park their vehicles at one of the suburban lots then take the efficient 'T' public transit system into the city. Vehicles are permitted to drive on the shoulders of breakdown lanes at certain times in some areas. Constant road construction, narrow roads and numerous one way streets are the main challenges Boston motorists will encounter. Interstate 90, otherwise called the Massachusetts Turnpike, and Interstate 93 are the city's two major highways. The legal drinking and driving limit is 80 mg/dL.
- Speed limits in the city: 30 to 50kph.
- Speed limits on national roads: 65 to 80kph.
- Help number: 9-1-1