A Brief History of Salem
Coastal Byway Miles: 3.2 Miles
Although you might know Salem, Massachusetts for the infamous witch trials of 1692, there is so much history here to learn and experience. In fact, the coastal city contains maritime history that stretches back nearly four hundred years! Ships from Salem helped build the United States’s early economy by carrying cargo back and forth from the West to Asia. The town evolved into a thriving seaport – a popular center for privateers during the American Revolution. By 1790, Salem was a center for foreign trade and the sixth-largest city in the nation.
Exploring Salem From The Byway
There’s so much to see, do, and learn in Salem that you’ll definitely have to make a few return trips. Here, Scenic Byway travelers can take guided walking tours, visit various maritime history and witch museums, view period architecture, and explore the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. There are also plenty of delicious restaurants, cafes, and local shops to visit.