Logan Field, Boston (BOS), the closest airport
Distance: 35 Miles
Manchester Airport, NH (MHT)
Distance: 47 miles
Providence RI (PVD)
Distance: 48 miles
Concord is two towns to the east along Route 2. It’s a “must see” stop if you’re into Thoreau, the Alcotts, or Revolutionary War sites. Historic Lexington is Concord’s eastern neighbor, reached along the so-called Battle Road with more to see along the way. Its Museum of Our National Heritage has some good permanent exhibits, along with displays which stay around for a shorter time such as the photographs of Mississippi Delta blues musicians.
Groton is in the same neck of the woods, a “typical” small New England town with high-steepled white churches and colonial-era houses and...developments. High-tech money recently saved a 280-acre farm there from the bulldozer, and the owners opened the Gibbet Hill Grill which is becoming a destination place for dinner. Another popular dining spot in the vicinity is the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, an 18th-century grist mill with its water wheel still turning. Get there by going south on 495, then east on Route 20 through Marlborough. If shopping is fun for you, in Marlborough turn east at the I-290 interchange and the Solomon Pond Mall is minutes away.
Lowell is about 20 minutes north and northeast of Boxborough along 495, and is home to a relatively new restored section of mills and canals, mills meaning old leather and textile factories. It’s a national historic site complete with “rangers” who guide tours.