Here's a list I put together for a friend (with a map showing the locations relative to New York):
- Mystic Seaport (http://www.mysticseaport.org): Tall ships and a recreated 19th-century shipping village.
- Newport Mansions (http://www.newportmansions.org): Mansions of wealthy families (Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, etc.). I visited several with my family when we were there (I was 11), but I only remember The Breakers.
- Newport Historical District (http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=759&ResourceType=District): Well-preserved colonial architecture
- Battleship Cove (http://www.battleshipcove.org): Collection of World War II-era battleships with a military museum.
- Plimouth Plantation (http://www.plimoth.org): Historical reenactment of one of the first settlements in what became the
- Plymouth Rock (http://www.plymrock.org): Where the Mayflower is supposed to have landed. A tourist trap for over 250 years.
- Boston Children’s Museum (http://www.bostonkids.org)
- Freedom Trail: Starts at the Boston Common and visits most of the city’s famous sites (http://www.cityofboston.gov/FreedomTrail/). Guided tours are available at
- Clam Chowder: Although you can get clam chowder anywhere in the
- Minute Man National Historic Park (http://www.nps.gov/mima/): Visit the Battle Road, where the Battle of Concord took place on April 19, 1775, and the Old North Bridge, the site of the Shot Heard ‘Round the World, as described by poet Ralph Waldo Emerson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concord_Hymn (and, as US schoolchildren will tell you, later featured in the 1970s educational film series Schoolhouse Rockhttp://www.school-house-rock.com/Shot.html) (warning - the web site plays the annoying song).
- Strawberry Banke (http://www.strawberrybanke.org): Historic district featuring colonial and federal architecture
- Isles of Shoals: Small islands off the coast, viewable from scenic tour boats (http://www.islesofshoals.com/tickets/index.php?page=shop/browse&category_id=2fd1022ccc3a56c1f878cd899a22c469)