The Salem Maritime National Historic Site protects and interprets a whole slew of vintage buildings along Salem Harbor, which has seen an awful lot of American history go down on its waters. The National Park Service Visitor Center, open each and every day, makes a great first stop for getting oriented to the site's background and attractions, which also include the Friendship of Salem, a striking replica of an 18th-century East India Company tallship.
Through its exhibits and films and the free guided tours you can register for here, you'll get some fascinating insight into the days of colonial maritime trade and the significance of Salem as a Revolutionary War seaport. Good stuff for history buffs!
The Old State House saw a lot of interesting times during its 63-year run as the seat of the... Read more