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Charles River, Cambridge

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Scenic Drive
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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  • We walked around MIT via the esplanade and the Harvard Bridge. It was a gorgeous day and the river really accentuated the skyline. It was cool to see some crew boats and listen to stories from the wif...  more »
  • We were there early June and really enjoyed getting out and walking along the pathways along the river. There were boaters, ducks, and many other pedestrians with their pets out enjoying the area as w...  more »
  • It's a great place for a walk, even more during the weekends when you can see boats and canopies. A nice spot to relax.  more »