North Shore Travel Guide

Planning a trip to the North Shore? The Massachusetts Bay’s North Shore is both a historic and beautiful region to explore. Located north of Boston on US Route 1, the North Shore his full of quant, old towns and sandy beaches. From day trips to whale watching, a Moonlight Limousine is a great way to start your trip.

The North Shore is the area between Boston and New Hampshire, and generally comprised of Salisbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Rowley, Ipswich, Essex, Rockport, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem, Marblehead, Swampscott, Nahant, Lynn, Saugus, Revere, and Winthrop. The Cape Ann region is the eastern part made of Gloucester, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport.

If you’re heading to Boston’s other Cape, our travel guide is a great place to begin.

Travel Tips for North Shore and Cape Ann

Whale Watching

Whale watching is a favorite activity and Gloucester operates a variety of fishing boats, whale watching boats, and private charter services. Gloucester is one of the top 5 whale watching destinations in the world and some whale watching services even guarantee seeing Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Northern Right Whales, Pilot Whales, Sperm Whales, Sei Whales, or Blue Whales.


Antiquing is a great way to spend a weekend in the North Shore. Essex, MA, is the place to find a deal with 35 different antique shops in the area. Favorite antique stores include The White Elephant Shop in Essex, Howard’s Flying Dragon Antiques in Essex, Oldies Marketplace in Newburyport, and Thomas Brothers Antiques in Beverly.


The North Shore is famous for seafood. For lobsters or clams, there may be nothing better in Massachusetts. Newburyport has a little bit of everything, but great Lobster Bisque at 10 Center Street, Michael's Harborside, and Starboard Galley. Or enjoy yourself on the beach at Plum Island and an incredible Lobster Rolls from Bob Lobster.

Hammond Castle

One of the most notable points of interest is the Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester. Step back in time at this castle in the North Shore. Constructed in the 1920’s by John Hays Hammond, Jr. in the architectural style of a medieval castle, it is now a museum displaying Hammond's collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts. Are you in the mood for a good spook? Hammond Castle runs a special Halloween-themed haunted house tour every October.


Massachusetts is full of history, and the North Shore is no exception. If you’re looking for something educational, there are a ton of great museums throughout the area. Tourist’s favorites include the Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II museum, Salem Witch Museum, New England Pirate Museum, and the Cape Ann Historical Museum


The beaches north of Boston offer incredible spots for sand, swimming, and water sports. Whether you’re looking for rocky shores or sandy beaches, the Massachusetts coastline has something for you. Permitted cars can drive out on Duxbury Beach. Bearskin Neck is one the best ocean views in the state. Crane Beach in Ipswich has a rustic boardwalks and dune habitat. It’s also been voted as the best beach in Boston.

If you’re looking for transportation to the North Shore, contact Moonlight Limousine today!

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