Salem | Massachusetts

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Salem, Massachusetts is a small city just north of Boston and  attracts visitors from around the globe. Most noted for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, Salem’s history stretches from the 17th-century to today and includes maritime heritage, American literature, architecture, military history, and more. When you visit Salem, you will learn the stories of the interesting men and women who have made remarkable contributions to Salem, New England, and the world.  


Museums and attractions include Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the Peabody Essex Museum, the House of the Seven Gables, Salem Witch Museum, Witch Dungeon Museum, Real Pirates Salem, the Salem Trolley, the Witch House, and three 17thcentury cemeteries, and historic and haunted walking tour options. Salem features unique boutique shopping, breweries, and dozens of restaurants, and almost everything is within walking distance from the waterfront!

You will find a robust schedule of annual events, exhibits and festivals in Salem, including Salem Arts Festival and Pride Parade and Festival in June, “Salem Celebrates the Fourth” in July, Salem Heritage Days in August, and Salem Haunted Happenings in October. Believed to be the largest celebration of Halloween in the world, Salem Haunted Happenings spans all 31 days of October (and then some!) and includes hundreds of events and activities. Coinciding with the fall foliage season, Salem Haunted Happenings is a fun, festive, and beautiful time to visit Salem.  Learn more at


  • Salem is 16 miles (25 km) north of Boston and 14 miles north of Logan International Airport
  • Closest highway: MA RTE-128; Closest interstate: I-95
  • Salem is a 30-minute drive from Gloucester, Ipswich, and Essex, and 24 miles from historic Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts
  • High-speed Salem Ferry service between Salem Wharf and Long Wharf in Boston is available late May through October
  • Commuter train service between Salem and Boston’s North Station takes 30 minutes and is available daily, year-round
  • Salem Trolley is available for local charter and narrated tours of the city

For more information:

Destination Salem, Massachusetts

245 Derby Street
PO Box 630
Salem, MA 01970
Tel: (978) 741-3252 | Toll-Free: (877) 725-3662 
[email protected]

  • Destination Salem


October 15, 2022

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