06/30/2012 08:15 am ET Updated Aug 30, 2012

The Best Road Trips From Boston (PHOTOS)

The Best Road Trips is a weekly summer series highlighting our favorite getaways from major cities all over the United States.

Some ignorati associate Boston with nothing more than crooked old cobblestone streets, the American Revolution and clam chowder. Yes, the city has got all that. But those who work and play there know that it's also filled with sprawling convention centers, progressive universities and biotech research facilities. A forward-looking town with an eye on the past, Boston combines the charm of a New England harbor town with the mindset of a bustling, modern metropolis.

Its non-stop vibe can seriously wear a resident out.

So, if you're a Bostonian looking for a weekend escape -- or simply a visitor to the Bay State -- why not hop in the car and head to a not-too-far destination where you can find some R&R? Get your bags packed and set your GPS: We've got some miles to cover.

-- Jane Reynolds,

Get Out Of Beantown