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Ride to Salem, Gloucester, and Annisquam Village + ADD NEW ROUTE


3   in Massachusetts Massachusetts140 Miles

By KerriOber
on February 1, 2007

4.7out of 5

3 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

- Start in Concord, MA.

- Go Get onto Rt62 heading east-northeast all the way through Reading, and into Danvers, and finally Beverly, MA (about XX miles total).

- Beverly Center is a mess, but it's a good way to go through, and now get on 1A and head down South into Salem, which has all kinds of "witchy things" to do, and hosts a rocking motorcycle heavy Halloween parade.

- After checking out Salem, now it's time to get back on the bike and head North on 1A all the way up past Hamilton and just before Ipswich, take a right onto Rt 133 (East).

- Rt 133 East towards Gloucester.

- Before you get to Gloucester, you'll run into Rt 128. Take a left and on Rt 128 for just 2 miles or so and now you want to look for the turn off to Rt 127 North in Gloucester.

- Take this Rt 127 North and this will loop you around Cape Ann, and is absolutely beautiful.

- Stay on 127 going around the Cape Ann and 127 will pass through Gloucester and head into Beverly where you were a while back (see above).

Scenery

The North Shore is a terrific place to spend the day, or a weekend. With several scenic towns, beaches, whale watches, museums, deep sea fishing expeditions, and more; the north shore offers diverse natural wonders, from salt marshes, to rocky coves. And, it's all a short ride from Boston.

Road Quality

This route takes you through some nice roads just north of Boston; but most importantly, avoids the congestion of RT95 on the weekends. My idea of getting away from it all is not sitting in bumper to bumper traffic, breathing exhaust fumes. Like all of my posted rides, it starts just West of I-95. If you are beginning your ride in Boston, look below for the way to access this route just north of the city.

Roadside Amenities

Salem, MA is worthy of a stop if you are into the whole history of the Salem Witch Trials.

This next section is going to feature the Cape Ann area. Gloucester is a great window shopping destination, but it pales nekt to the artisan shops in Rockport. There's tons of B&B's, inns and hotels to stay at. Look on Tripadvisor.com, to get ratings for places to stay. I spent a lovely weekend at the Cape Ann Campground in West Gloucester. Ask for campground #42, as we were able to look over the cliff at the rising sun, which was magical.

If you follow the directions below, and head around Cape Ann on Rt 127, you will go through some of the villages of Gloucester, and see some great things. When you go around the Cape Ann loop, you'll love the Annisquam Village section. It is mostly homes but they are really lovely. Also in the village, there's a great cafe, the Annisquam Market, which has seating on a pier, and fantastic food, away from the throngs of tourists. There's not space enough to describe all the things you can do up here. Do some web searches, and find out more!

When you follow 127 around, you will go to the Halibut Point State Park, which is worthy of a stop, and stretch. You may see some seals basking. head along further, and you'll keep passing artisan shops, an ice cream shop, and eventually end up in Rockport, which is one of the villages of Gloucester, but a major tourist stop. Really is quaint and pretty spot, and you can eat up a whole day poking through it's shops.

If you keep circling on 127, you'll end up in Gloucester. Gloucester is still a big fishing port, and so is less quaint, and more gritty. There's deep sea fishing jaunts, and whale watching tours from here. Keep on Rt 127, and you'll loop down to Manchester by the Sea, for another pretty ride, through some impressive estates.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By Howitzer
on June 24, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

Best scenic route I have seen so far, in MA. I can only attest to the roads in Cape Ann (1A, and everything east, including 127 and 133). Some relaxed curves, really great scenery of farms and tall trees. The towns have a historic feel to them (Wenham). Ipswich has a nice beach. The state park at Halibut point has a gorgeous view of the surrounding ocean. Rockport has a touristy area, with lots of shops and lobster. I really, really enjoyed this area, and have gone back many times.

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By Guest
on January 15, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1989

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

When leaving Salem you can also stay right after going over the Beverly Salem Bridge onto Cabot street and pick up Rt 127 where it begins in Beverly. This will reverse the route.

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By Guest
on June 24, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I travel this all the time one of the prettiest rides and does not take a lot of time to do. Some points of interest along the way Salem Willows is just off the route and the Crows Nest in down town Gloucester Fort Stage Park places to eat are all along the route. I enjoy this ride all the time

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