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Charles River, Cambridge

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Stretching for 129 km (80 mi) through Massachusetts, Charles River reaches the sea in the city of Boston and is one of the area's key landmarks. The winding waterway, once at the forefront of the United States's industrialization, today provides many opportunities for recreation, such as rowing, sailing, and biking. Try hopping on the 37 km (23 mi) long bike path in Boston, which will take you past famous institutions, such as Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The river's esplanade offers views of the surrounding urban region in addition to marshes alive with waterfowl. You can rent a sailboat from one of the stands along the way. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Charles River by using our Cambridge vacation trip planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I am a big rivers lover, so I felt happy at Charles river and I think it is definitely worth a separate visit. I started walking at the esplanade at the Boston side, then crossed the river at beautifu...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    I spent a week attending a class and walked the river each day in Cambridge in the morning and afternoon. I liked to cross at the pedestrian walk-way in front of HBS. I liked the Cambridge side since ...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    The Boston skyline has taken my breath away every time since I first saw it in 1981. A steady site to swoon me since 1987 when I moved here. Via the BU bridge, from Memorial Drive (Cambridge) to Storr...  more »

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As the home of two renowned universities, Cambridge caters mainly to the families of current or prospective students. You can stay near the university campuses by booking your room at a student-oriented bed and breakfast or guesthouse, which offer simple, comfortable lodging for a fraction of the price charged by the big chains. If you don't mind paying more and wish to stay near the city's major cultural attractions, consider a hotel just across the Charles River from downtown Boston.
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