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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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  • The Charles river in all its moods - brisk mornings , quiet afternoons, lazy Sunday's and rushed weekdays - has the ability to relax the mind and refresh the soul. One of my favorite walks is along th...  more »
  • My wife and I walked on the path adjacent to the Charles River when we went to Cambridge to visit Harvard. The river is a wonderful place to relax. 
  • It is very nice to walk cross the bridges and see rowers from the universiidad in their boats. It is worthwhile,
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