Sometimes, you've just got to get away. There's no shame in admitting that you're getting tired of your surroundings. It's time to switch things up! Take a new route to work, order something new at your favorite restaurant or expand your musical tastes outside of your usual Spotify playlists.

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It can be hard to justify taking time to try something new, but we've got the perfect options for you. If you want to get away, why not take a road trip? You can invite your best friends and your partner, go Han Solo or bring along your dog. 

Road trips don't always have to be cross-country. There are plenty of places you can head to that won't drain you from all that driving! And since they aren't that far away, that means that you can add a bit of spontaneity to your life. You don't need to plan that much at all with these trips. Just choose where you want to go and have fun. Enjoy!

Franconia, New Hampshire

Time from Boston: 2 hours

Ready to see where the Old Man of the Mountain used to stand? Franconia Notch State Park was home to the renowned "Great Stone Face," made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne, before it tumbled in 2003. But it's still full of awesome things to do! Make sure to check out Flume Gorge while you're there - there are tons of steps but it's worth it to see the unique landscape and one of the oldest covered bridges in the state.

Tip: Furry friends are permitted in some parts of the park! Just be sure to check beforehand where to avoid getting a fine.

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Middlefield, Massachusetts 

Time from Boston: 2 hours

This waterfall is a hidden gem. It's definitely not as popular as other waterfalls, but that just means you're guaranteed some peace and quiet. You won't have to fight off crowds to get a good view of Glendale Falls.

There's just a short trail that takes you down to the base of the falls. Be careful when visiting in the falls as the wooden and stone steps can get very slippery! But once you've made it, you won't regret it. You'll be seeing one of the state's longest and most powerful waterfalls!

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Salem, MA

Time from Boston: 40 minutes

Found here: witchy vibes. Salem is a no-brainer place to visit especially in the fall when you really want to feel the spirit of Halloween. Head to the Salem Witch Museum to learn in great detail about the Witch Trials of 1692. To prepare for your trip, why not watch Hocus Pocus or Sabrina the Teenage Witch at least three times? Oh, and make sure you dress in all black. You don't want to go disrespecting the witches with your poor choice by wearing a colorful outfit!

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Tyngsborough, Massachusetts

Time from Boston: 45 minutes

Head here to experience a real #TBT. Nostalgia hits you right in the face as soon as you enter Roller Kingdom. What better way to spend a weekend night than skating and dancing away the night in a roller skating rink?! It's especially fun when the whole place becomes glow-in-the-dark, so make sure you wear your white t-shirts. Go out there and have fun! And definitely expect to fall flat on your face. Hey, if a roller rink is good enough for Dwight, Andy and Darryl on The Office, it's good enough for a friends night out.

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Portland, Maine

Time from Boston: 1 hour 45 minutes

Who says the seaside is for summertime only? If you go here in the fall, you're missing the tourists and the summer vacationers. There's lots to do in Portland, but you can't miss out on The Old Port district. Instead of walking on the rocks by the water, walk on the cobblestone streets here while you admire the 19th-century brick buildings. The district is also home to several unique boutiques for you to wander around inside. And of course, if you're in Portland, definitely go see a lighthouse! There are six within 20 minutes of the city.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Time from Boston: 1 hour

Portsmouth has two amazing museums to check out: The USS Albacore Museum and the Strawberry Banke Museum. If you're looking for a real hands-on experience when it comes to learning history, the USS Albacore Museum is for you. You get to visit the retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine and you get to experience what life was like on the watercraft. Yes, it's small. And yes, there's a chance you'll feel claustrophobic.

The Strawberry Banke Museum is an outdoor history museum comprised of 30 houses over 10 acres. You'll have fun weaving in and out of the historic houses where you might even meet someone acting as a member of the household you're in!

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Hingham, Massachusetts

Time from Boston: 1 hour

You got to get away from Boston to really see it. From World's End, a park and conservation area, you can see the entire skyline of Boston from the highest point in the park. In the park, you'll see rolling hills and rocky shorelines because you really get a bit of everything here. Also, take advantage of those tree-lined carriage paths because they will make your walk around the park very enjoyable. A trip here is perfect for those who want to get outside but don't want to hike up a mountain.

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Block Island, Rhode Island

Time from Boston: 3 hours

You will have to drive and take a ferry there, but it's worth it! The island is most known for the lighthouse that sits high on the clay cliffs. Take a hike to see the lighthouse up close or head to Block Island Wildlife Refuge to see songbirds and other animal species in their natural habitat. Of course, the water will always be freezing cold, but you can always enjoy hearing the waves while you sit on the beach.

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Charlemont, Massachusetts 

Time from Boston: 2 hours and 15 minutes

You're soarin', flyin'. The feeling of flying through the woods and high above the treetops doesn't have to only happen in your dreams! Take a zipline tour with Zoar Outdoor Canopy Tours and experience it for yourself. Your guide will take you on 11 ziplines and over two sky bridges. So what do you say? It sounds like a fun Saturday activity!

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Gloucester, Massachusetts 

Time from Boston: 45 minutes

Want to feel like you went to Hogwarts? Hammond Castle Museum is the closest thing you'll get to feeling like Harry or Hermione. The medieval castle happens to hold an enviable collection of artifacts dating back to ancient Rome. Plus, the inside makes for the ideal spot for a Harry Potter photoshoot so bring your wands and dress in your best wizard/witch robes.

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Rockport, Massachusetts 

Time from Boston: 1 hour

There are many attractions to hit up here, but the best activity to do in Rockport is to walk around. You can take in gorgeous harbor views while strolling on the Rockport Breakwater. It's made of huge granite blocks that stretch nearly a mile out into the bay.

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Holyoke, Massachusetts

Time from Boston: 1 hour 30 minutes

You're about to get hit with scenic views of Pioneer Valley. Mount Tom State Reservation has over 22 miles of trails to choose from depending on how hard you want to make your heart work and how much you're willing to pant. The reservation is also dog-friendly so take your pet! They will definitely help you hike up to the top for the views simply by dragging you along to smell anything and everything.

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Ogunquit, Maine

Time from Boston: 1 hour 20 minutes

Anyone up for a stroll along the rocky shoreline? The Marginal Way is a paved walking path that will take you from Ogunquit Beach to Perkins Cove. Grab a bite in Perkins Cove and walk around to see the boutiques in the area and then head back on the Marginal Way to see the sunset on the beach. Not a bad way to end a day, right?

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Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire

Time from Boston: 2 hours 30 minutes

Looking for a way to blow off steam? Just don't look back and keep driving. The Kancamagus Highway is stunning any time of year but the changing colors of the leaves in fall make it particularly spectacular. Of course, if you do want to stop somewhere, the highway will take you to see Sabbaday Falls and plenty of other gorgeous spots in White Mountain National Forest too. Take your time and enjoy nature before heading back to the noisy city!

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Mashantucket, Connecticut

Time from Boston: 1 hour 45 mins

Who's up to head straight to the slot machines? Gather up your best buddies and head to the Foxwoods Resort Casino for a night of slot machines, blackjack and all-you-can-eat buffets. Your group can also split up too! There is ziplining available and the resort is also home to a beautiful spa. Gambling can be stressful, so why not take some time to get a massage?

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Jaffrey, New Hampshire

Time from Boston: 2 hours

Adventurers, here's your next destination. Mount Monadnock is a popular place to go to for inexperienced and experienced hikers alike. There are trails that range in difficulty that end in beautiful sweeping views. For less seasoned hikers, consider taking the White Dot Trail because it's not too difficult, though it does still get steep in the middle. Make sure you take some photos. Did you really hike up a mountain if there isn't any photo evidence?!

Boston, Massachusetts

Time from Boston: None!

Anyone in need of a blissful staycation? This could technically be considered a road trip since it's a 10-minute drive from Downtown to Bliss Spa. Who needs to cross state lines or get out of the city when there's a place close to home waiting to pamper you? The spa offers a number of services, so go and treat yourself!

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Norfolk, Connecticut

Time from Boston: 2 hours 30 minutes

Instead of climbing mountains, what about climbing towers? Why not take a trip to Haystack Mountain State Park? There's a tower that offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Litchfield County. Rapunzel isn't locked up here so she can't let down her hair to let you up. But walking up all those stairs is worth it for that view.

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Ipswich, MA

Time from Boston: 45 minutes

Feeling like royalty without the palace? Castle Hill at Crane Estate is where you can pretend you live while taking a tour of the place. It's a historical house that offers guided tours. Plus, someone dressed as a member of the household staff greets you. Um, we'll take it! This is the closest you'll get to living that Downton Abbey life so embrace it. Don't we all wish we could live in a mansion with an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean? Sigh.

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Newport, Rhode Island

Time from Boston: 1 hour 45 minutes

Be a part of movie magic at Rosecliff. This beautiful mansion was built in 1899 and the original owner used to hold the most lavish parties here. Theresa Fair Oelrichs once held a party that had Harry Houdini in attendance! The mansion is now open for tours and has been used in films like 27 Dresses and The Great Gatsby. We're not saying you should dress like a flapper when you come here, but how cool would it be if you did?!

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New Haven, Connecticut

Time from Boston: 2 hours 10 minutes

For only a 2 hour drive, you can pretend you're Rory Gilmore! You don't need Yale's acceptance letter to walk around this picturesque campus. If you really want to blend in with the students, just wear a backpack and buy a Yale sweater from the bookstore.

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Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Time from Boston: 1 hour

Missing summer? You can still get into your bathing suit and have fun in the water at Great Wolf Lodge. It's incomparable to swimming in the ocean or suntanning on the beach, but it's the next best thing in the fall and winter! It's all indoors and you can get your adrenaline going on the waterslides. Plus, what better way to justify being lazy than to sit in an inner tube and go down the lazy river?

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Lincoln, Massachusetts

Time from Boston: 30 minutes

Why be cooped up inside to look at art when you can do it outside? The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is another way to feel cultured for the day. Take a self-guided tour around the grounds and look at all the different kinds of sculptures and art installations. If you don't understand where the artist is coming from, don't worry. Most people don't either but it's still fun to look at!

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