In our continuing effort to see as many of the sights in the North East United States as we can, Kent and I took a five day trip to see Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We were very fortunate that my sister and her family live outside of Boston, and they made our trip very comfortable and inexpensive
DAY ONE: Thursday, October 23rd --Lexington and Concord.
We landed in Boston at about 10:30am, and took a shuttle bus from the airport to the city of Wayland, where my sister-in-law, Jennifer, picked us up. She fed us a tasty lunch (she's a great cook and was working from home that day), then let us borrow their car. We drove to Lexington and Concord, which was about a 40 minute drive from Wayland.
It was a very rainy day, but we were undeterred as we visited the historic sites and drove along the route of the beginning battles of the Revolutionary War.
DAY TWO: Friday, October 24th.--Newport, Rhode Island
So our second day on the trip was off to Newport. It was the off-season, so not as many of the mansions were open to the public as there are during the summer months. Our first stop was to go along the coast on a "Cliff Walk". It was a pretty walk and we saw many of the mansions from the back.
The last mansion we visited was called the Elms, and I don't remember too much about it. In all the homes were were given headsets to listen to with information about the home and the people who had built it.
Both Kent and I agreed that our day touring the Newport Mansions was one of our favorite days of the whole trip.
DAY THREE: Saturday, October 25th-- Adams National park, Plymouth and Cape Cod
Since it was Saturday, my sister, Jill, who is a school teacher, had the day off and accompanied us on our trip to Quincy, MA to visit the Adams National Historic Park. She's lived in the Boston area many years and had never visited this national park.
DAY FOUR: Sunday, October 26th.--Salem and Boston Temple
Kent and I got up bright and early to attend Sacrament Meeting at 9:00am. We came home and changed, then drove to Salem to look around there.
It was pretty crowded with people since it was so close to Halloween, but we weren't interested in most of the things going on, so we left.
DAY FIVE: Monday, October 27th- City of Boston
Jennifer dropped us off near the subway on the outskirts of Boston on her way to work, and we took the subway to the area of Bunker Hill. That's where we started walking along the "Freedom Trail", to see the historic sites from the Revolutionary War.We took the water bus to get us from one part of Boston Harbor to the other side.
We toured Paul Revere's House.
This is what the inside looked like.
The weather got better every day while we were in Massachusetts. That's why we left seeing Boston until our last day, since the forecast was for good weather and we knew we'd be doing lots of walking.
We flew out of Boston that evening and felt we had an awesome vacation and were reminded of lots of history that we probably learned about many years ago and have forgotten.