Cape Ann, Massachusetts

Coastal Clearer

Just 40 miles north of Boston, Cape Ann is less trafficked than Cape Cod but no less beautiful, with rocky coastline, sandy beaches, and colonial fishing towns. Rent a sea kayak at the North Shore Kayak Outdoor Center and paddle 2.5 miles to Thacher Island, or hop aboard Cape Ann Whale Watch's 115-foot boat to watch breaching humpbacks. Dinner is lobster rolls on the rocks overlooking Folly Cove.

NEAREST AIRPORT: Boston, one hour.
EXPENSE REPORT: Two nights at the Sea Lion Motel (sealionmotel.com): $288. Two half-day sea-kayak rentals (northshorekayak.com): $70. Two lobster rolls at the Lobster Pool Restaurant (lobsterpoolrestaurant.com): $25. Two whale-watching tickets with Cape Ann Whale Watch (seethewhales.com): $90. Total: $473

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