Get Out of Town: Weekend Day Trips in the Boston Area

The areas surrounding Boston have plenty to offer history buffs, culture aficionados, and nature-lovers. Although train transportation to the suburbs is limited, Uber makes it easy for riders staying in the city to explore the region—minus the hassle of renting a car. Visitors can safely return to their urban abodes in the evening after dinner and drinks without worrying about a designated driver. When planning your trips, be sure to check Uber Fare Estimator to determine the approximate shared cost of your personal transportation for the day.

For Conservationists: Follow in Henry David Thoreau’s Footsteps with a Walk in the Woods

Take an Uber to Walden Pond, the scenic source of inspiration for Thoreau’s philosophical musings. You could easily spend the day canoeing or hiking the lake’s perimeter, but save some time to wander the streets of downtown Concord, with vibrant art galleries, cafés, and boutiques. You can even pick up a copy of “Walden” at the Concord Bookshop, a wonderfully curated store that’s been a fixture in the town for more than seven decades. If you’re lucky, you might catch a reading by one of the many resident authors that make up the local literary scene. For dinner, head to West Concord for a visit to Woods Hill Table, a locavore eatery run by farmer, sustainability advocate, and director Kristin Canty. Dine on delicious dishes like line-caught bluefish with asparagus and buckwheat.

For Creatives: Check Out Modern Art at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Situated in the sleepy town of Lincoln, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum has constantly rotating exhibitions by contemporary artists, as well as a sprawling sculpture garden that’s perfect for families. Instead of heading back to the city for dinner, visit the nearby town of Hudson. Thanks to one enterprising group of locals, the downtown is in the midst of a revival. Try table-sized sourdough pizzas topped with everything from buffalo chicken to lamb confit at the Rail Trail Flatbread Co., followed by nitrogen-frozen ice cream for dessert at New City Microcreamery. Ask for directions to the “secret” speakeasy around the corner. Since you’re taking an Uber back to Boston, it’s safe to enjoy a nightcap.

For Historians: Travel Back in Time to the Revolutionary War and the Shot Heard ‘Round the World

Learn about the battle that led to the founding of the United States of America as you explore the historic towns of Lexington and Concord. You can even rent bikes and ride the 10-mile Minuteman Bikeway. After all that exercise, you’ll want to refuel with heaping plates of hearty, traditional New England fare. Hop an Uber to the town of Sudbury and visit Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, the setting for a collection of poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, where staff dress in Colonial attire. Every candlelit meal starts with a warm basket of freshly baked muffins made from stone-ground cornmeal from the town’s gristmill.

Estimated Fare: use the Uber Fare Estimator to plan your rides and if you’re traveling with friends or family, use the split fare feature to keep the costs down.

Photo credit: Nick Harris