The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway is a 90-mile roadway along the North Shore of Massachusetts that links 14 coastal communities from Lynn, MA to Salisbury, MA. The byway features scenic views, period architecture, historic sites, and recreational opportunities.
The byway lies within the Essex National Heritage Area. The Essex National Heritage Commission is a federally-authorized non-profit organization that works to oversee and preserve the area’s historical and cultural heritage.
Essex Heritage worked to secure state Scenic Byway designation and federal funding with the twin goals of preserving the roadway’s intrusive qualities and spurring investment in its infrastructure, attractions, and amenities. This funding also helped create a comprehensive management plan that is guiding community and regional leaders in their efforts to implement tourism-based economic development.
Beverly has a robust history. The town is often called the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and the United States Navy. Quite a feat. Here, Byway travelers can find historical sites, scenic beaches, and the beautiful gardens of Long Hill & Lynch Park.Learn More
For antique lovers, Essex is a must-stop destination. In fact, the coastal town is often referred to as “America’s Antique Capital.” In addition to the treasure trove of antiques and locally-made gifts, visitors can also find fascinating maritime history at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. The town also has its share of fresh seafood and scenic marsh views.Learn More
The Coastal Byway brings you through downtown Ipswich and along parts of the scenic Ipswich River. Drive past the largest collection (roughly 59 homes) of remaining First Period houses in the country. Traveling slightly off the Byway, travelers can visit the spectacular Castle Hill on the Crane Estate and the Ipswich Neck.Learn More
Miles of scenic beaches and granite shores line the beaches of this small seaside town at the tip of Cape Ann. Like its neighbor, Gloucester, Rockport’s vibrant artist culture is on display for all to see, including the famous Motif #1. Byway travelers can also find exquisite coastal dining, live music, natural areas to explore, and unique local shops all year round.Learn More