Found 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket is home to dune-backed beaches, manicured lawns, and cobblestoned streets. National Geographic has consistently ranked Nantucket on the list of one of the best islands in the world. Trips out there result in a relaxed mind and soul. With over 30,000 acres of island to explore, Nantucket is the perfect vacation destination.
Why You Should Visit Nantucket
Fresh Seafood Dinners
When you’re on an island on the east coast, you’re sure to get your hands on delicious seafood. Nantucket is full of scrumptious seafood restaurants to give you energy for a day of exploring. From fresh lobster rolls to clambakes, you’ll get your fill of tasty fish. Try dining on the beach at The Galley—the view and the food are spellbinding.
Want to take a day and bike down the island? In Nantucket, you can—the island is only 14 miles long, four miles wide, and relatively flat, so a bike ride around the island isn’t too much of a feat—in fact it’s encouraged. Biking is one of the best ways to take in all that Nantucket has to offer; start downtown and head toward the sea to admire all the different sights. We recommend biking through neighborhoods to take in the gorgeous homes.
Speaking of homes, Nantucket is full of awe-inspiring architecture. The quaint 18th century architecture transports you to a much simpler time, and makes you appreciate the accomplishments of the architects back in the day. All the hotels, inns, and B&Bs are designed to satisfy and relax. If you decide to stay longer than a day, check out White Elephant and White Elephant Village, or the stunning Wauwinet Hotel.
Nantucket is endless beaches—walk out a back door and you only have a few steps to the sand. The best part is, basically all the beaches are free, so there’s a patch of sand for everyone. Nobadeer Beach is the perfect spot for people looking for a beach party, surfers love Cisco Beach, and Jetties Beach is the spot for families looking to relax.
Recently, Nantucket was designated as a National Historic Landmark; the island is full of history everywhere you turn. Purchased by Thomas Mahew in 1641, the island has prospered incredibly since then. Stop by the whaling museum and learn more about the former whaling center of the world. If whaling doesn’t interest you, peruse the 800 or more buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Various Unique Shops
If you love to explore cute independent shops on your travels, Nantucket is the spot for you. Known for its preppiness—Ralph Lauren shoots here for a reason—you’ll find a ton of stores selling classy attire. If that’s not your style, you’ll also find plenty of vintage and artisan boutiques. Pick up your vintage yet modern items from Milly & Grace and then gather your beach necessities at Serenella.
Want to get out on the water? Sailing is the best way to take in the glorious look of the island in Nantucket. There’s a reason why most pictures of the coastline of Nantucket are dotted with sails—take an adventure out on the water with Endeavor Sailing Excursions.
When you take a day trip from Boston out to Nantucket, you’re in for a treat. With the help of New England Trips, you get to experience the majestic and captivating atmosphere of Nantucket—don’t miss out!