What to See When You RV - Massachusetts Edition

Posted on January 12, 2018

The colonial history of Massachusetts has been written about, studied, filmed and has played a significant role in the American political, cultural and educational system.

Plymouth was one of America’s first settlements and is popular, especially around Thanksgiving, because of its relationship to Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims. The actual Plymouth Rock, the supposed landing site of the Pilgrims, sits under a shelter, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places. A model of the original 1627 settlement and a full-size replica of the Mayflower are in Plimoth Plantation Museum. Enjoy a full day learning historical facts about how and why the Pilgrims landed there. Afterwards, for camping and hiking, Myles Standish State Forest is a likely destination or Ellisville Harbor State Park for a natural beach.

Nearby Boston is steeped in history, as well. Perhaps attend a baseball game at the historic Fenway Park, plan a guided bike tour to such places as the two-and-one-half- mile Freedom Trail, Boston Common, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Copley Square, or the beautiful brownstones. Tour the Paul Revere house and museum. Visit the Old North Church, where Paul Revere signaled that the British were coming.

For some truly jaw-dropping scenery, relax in Athol with a picnic in the park, or hike in the Alan E. Rich Environmental Park to get in touch with nature. Bash Bish Falls in Mt. Washington has cascading waterfalls and vistas that showcase the scenery all the way to New York.

Motorhomes are the best way to move around comfortably while experiencing the sights and sounds of New England. Explore the outdoors in hike-in camping areas or resort camping. At Granville State Forest, quiet, peaceful campsites deep in the woods will soothe your cares away. Activities, such as horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing and hunting are available. During the winter, enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Clarksburg State Park, with a 360-acre forest, has wonderful views, boating, fishing and hiking to enjoy during summer months and skiing during the winter. Observe wildlife on the trails surrounding the pond.

The campground in Cape Cod features a private swimming beach, a spectator area right on the ocean, billiards and mini-golf. A Class A motorhome or a Class C motorhome is an absolute contender for sophisticated travel as you tour such places as Monomoy Island to enjoy water sports and bird-watching. Leave your RV for a short while and take the ferry to see seals and a lighthouse in the distance.

Engage mind and body in the great family activity of “tree walking” at Ramblewild in the Berkshires. Eight exhilarating courses provide an adrenalin rush for children and adults. Try creating, building or crafting something special for yourself or a loved one at the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, or hot air ballooning at Misty River Ballooning in Florence, or dogsledding in Brookfield, or skydiving in Barnstable.

After traveling from place to place in a gas RV or diesel RV, you will find such comfort that you may be tempted to trade in your car when you return home. The exhilaration of easily maneuvering an RUV (recreational utility vehicle) in and out of small towns and villages will make you feel like a pioneer. If you need to bring numerous pieces of equipment for your enjoyment, then a Class A toy hauler will fit the bill nicely.

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