The 85-mile coastal byway guides visitors and residents on a journey of discovery though one of the countrys most picturesque and historically significant regions: Bostons legendary North Shore. The state-designated byway features mile after mile of breathtaking vistas, working harbors, quaint villages, world-class art and culture, and distinctive local food, shops, lodging and visitor services.
Recreational adventures such as hiking, biking, paddling, and swimming abound at the byways numerous parks, trails, conserved open spaces, waterways and beaches. Visitor centers in Lynn, Marblehead, Salem, Gloucester, Rockport, Ipswich, Newburyport, and Salisbury (I-95) help the byway traveler discover the regions rich history and culture by car, train, boat, bicycle, or foot.
The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway lies entirely within the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County) in northeastern Massachusetts. Created by the U.S. Congress, the Areas extensive historic, cultural and natural resources tell the story the region played in the nations early settlement, maritime trade, and industrialization.