Hotel at a Glance: Holiday Inn Express Braintree
This Holiday Inn Express is a about a 30-minute drive from downtown Boston and right on the outskirts of a scenic state park. After a day of hiking through nature or along the Freedom Trail, you can unwind in a guest room equipped with free WiFi and cable TV. In the morning, wake up to a free hot breakfast spread that includes bacon, eggs, fruit, cereal, juice, and coffee.
- Complimentary shuttle making stops anywhere within a 5-mile radius
- Work out in the onsite fitness center.
- Go shopping at Coach, DSW, H&M, and other popular stores at South Shore Plaza, about a mile from the hotel.
- Kids will love go-karting at F1 Boston, a 5-minute walk away.
Braintree, Massachusetts: Hiking Trails and History Just Outside Boston
If you’re split over whether to vacation in the country or the city, Braintree is an excellent option. The historic town (the birthplace of Presidents John and John Quincy Adams) is right next to the Blue Hills Reservation, a 6,000-acre state park crisscrossed with hiking trails with scenic views. Hike to the top of Great Blue Hill for a glimpse of the Boston skyline.
Those skyscrapers you see? They’re less than 15 miles away. From Braintree, Boston is an easy day trip by car (about 30–40 minutes). If you’re visiting Boston for the first time, be sure to follow the 2.5-mile-long Freedom Trail. It takes you past 16 historical landmarks, including Paul Revere’s home, Old North Church (of “One if by land, two if by sea” fame), and Faneuil Hall.