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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. Use our Cambridge vacation planner to arrange your visit to Charles River and other attractions in Cambridge.
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  • As seen in the movies, there crossing the bridge to go to Harvard for instance and there you see the rowers.
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  • The Charles River is one of the best river's in the world, with many uses such as rowing, sailing and many more. Very windy but a great place to be.  more »
  • Cambridge side of the river has great views of the 4th of July Fireworks. Rather than the crowds in the Boston side.  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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