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Two of America’s most prestigious educational establishments can be found in the historic town of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard’s campus is famously picturesque, with the Ivy League institution offering awesome art museums, tours of the grounds, and some celebrated arts venues. MIT, meanwhile, is an architectural marvel. Drive around this university to see buildings designed by Frank Gehry, Eero Saarinen and I.M. Pei. Its campus museum is a fascinating journey through the history of technology. Although the town is compact, renting a car is immensely useful, opening up the surrounding cities and allowing you quick access between the two legendary institutions. Orbitz can help you find the best deal.

Cambridge and beyond: In the footsteps of revolutionaries

History buffs will be in awe of Massachusetts, a state that played a crucial role in the forging of America. Rent a car and explore revolutionary destinations and quaint colonial towns.

Boston

Cross over the river from Cambridge to reach the historic city of Boston. Here you can join historical tours that trace the city’s role in the revolution, remembering events such as the Boston Tea Party and the massacre that started the conflict. Don’t miss the Museum of Fine Arts while you’re here, and be sure to head to Public Garden for some relaxation amid all the sightseeing.

Journey time: Around 15 minutes

Distance: Approximately 3 miles

Lexington

The Revolutionary War arguably began in the town of Lexington, a moment commemorated at the Minuteman Statue on Battle Green. It feels like every building here has history, from the early 18th-century Buckman Tavern to the home of John Hancock. Colorful trolleys ride around the town center, offering informative tours of the numerous historical attractions.

Journey time: Around 20 minutes

Distance: Approximately 10 miles

Salem

The history of Salem begins long before the Revolutionary War. This infamous colonial settlement saw women put on trial for witchcraft. The Salem Witch Museum and the Witch House pay tribute to this turbulent time in the region’s past. The town has preserved elements of New England’s history beyond the witch trials – take time here to explore a maritime museum, join a heritage trail, or visit colonial forts.

Journey time: Around 40 minutes

Distance: Approximately 25 miles