Experience all that North of Boston has to offer with a friendly and knowledgeable step-on-guide. See the birthplace of the U.S. Navy, discover Salem’s infamous past, or enjoy the sites as you are guided around quaint cities and towns.
Salem Visitors Center
Start your sightseeing bus tour of Salem and Cape Ann in the Salem Visitors Center. Here you will be greeted by your step-on-guide and watch an informative video presentation that will help you to better understand the things you will be seeing and doing throughout your tour.
Burial Point and Witch Trials Memorial
The Burial Point is the oldest of its kind in Salem. Besides headstones, it features an area designated as the Witch Trials Memorial.
Salem Witch Museum
A block away from the Visitors Center is the Salem Witch Museum. Housed within an imposing Romanesque building, discover the horrifying events of the 1692 Salem witch trials depicted through the museum’s powerful presentation. You’ll be offered a complete look at one of the most important, emotional and tragic events in American history.
Salem’s Historic Chestnut Street
One of the loveliest streets in America, Chestnut Street District is an historic district known for its extraordinary array of fine residential period architecture as well as its vintage public buildings and churches. As you make your way down Chestnut Street learn about the history and witness the beauty of notable structures like the Stephen Phillips Memorial Trust House and Hamilton Hall, a Federal architectural gem built between 1805 and 1807.
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Next you’ll come to the Salem Maritime National Historic District, a National Historic site consisting of 12 historic structures along the Salem Harbor.This area features the 1819 Salem Custom House, the historic trade area of Derby Wharf, and exciting gateway to the sea, Pickering Wharf.
After your time in Salem, you’ll follow the coastline toward Rockport with the opportunity to see some of the charming cities and towns of Massachusetts’ North Shore along the way. Originally part of Salem and the Naumkeag Territory, the area which is known today as Beverly was first settled in 1626 by Roger Conant, but didn’t officially become Beverly until 1668. Today the beautiful coastal city is known as a resort, residential and manufacturing community and the rival of nearby town Marblehead for the title of being the birthplace of the U.S. Navy.
A residential community wrapped around one of New England’s most beautiful harbors, admire the beautiful beaches and small-town New England charm of Manchester-by-the-Sea as your step-on-guide lets you in on the town’s hidden secrets.
A small village in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Magnolia was a well-known vacation destination at the dawn of the twentieth century. Before a tragic fire burnt down the Oceanside Hotel and Casino, it was one of the finest hotels in the region attracting big names in music and film including John Philip Sousa and Lucille Ball.
Home to America’s original seaport and the oldest working art colony in North America, Gloucester is a place where you can see, feel and taste history. During your time in Gloucester step off your tour bus for a unique photo opportunity at Fisherman’s Memorial and Statue, an historic memorial cenotaph sculpture designed by English sculptor Leonard Craske and cast by the Gorham Manufacturing Company. After your stop at the Fisherman’s Memorial and Statue, you’ll circle Gloucester’s harbor, head out around Eastern Point’s rocky coastline and then onto Rockport.
Your Guided Tour of Salem and Cape Ann will come to an end in historic Rockport where you’ll have the chance to explore some of the city’s lovely beaches, browse through its unique shops and wander its historic streets.