According to the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, this summer should be better than 2009
for local travel companies as residents continue to look for less expensive, local vacations. Of course, when you consider the abundance of destinations that are, oh, just about an
hours drive (or less) from Boston, why wouldn't you stick around? Here are five itineraries to help you explore Concord, Essex, Westport, Salem, and Portsmouth, N.H.
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