ABOUT BOSTON'S NORTH SHORE
Located along one hundred miles of coastline, Boston's North Shore offers heart-stopping scenery from the roar of the Atlantic Ocean to beautiful undiscovered beaches, peaceful fields, woods and streams. Essex County is located between the city of Boston and New Hampshire whose regions chief circumference highway is Route 128. The region, known as the 'gold coast,' is home to well-known cities such as Gloucester, the oldest seaport in the country, and Marblehead, the Yachting Capital of the World, a rocky peninsula that extends into the Atlantic Ocean with Marblehead Neck, Peach's Point and Ocean Avenue. Swampscott and Nahant, only fifteen miles from Boston and Logan Airport, are quintessential waterfront New England towns that helped shape our nation's history. Prides Crossing, Beverly Farms and Manchester-by-the-Sea are vibrant coastal communities that wind along scenic Route 127 past famous summer cottages, grand, Queen Anne-style architecture and beautiful community beaches. Gloucester and Rockport offer a rocky, boulder-strewn coastline, quaint fishing shacks and harbors filled with small, colorful fishing boats. Route 1A leads to Hamilton, Wenham and Topsfield with historic houses, large areas of open and agricultural land encompassing large estates and farms creating a pastoral environment rich with equestrian heritage. Essex County offers a wealth of first-class museums, educational facilities, shops and galleries along with many of New England's finest restaurants and accommodations.