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Driving Trip: Boston to Cape Ann

Morgan & Owens Fried clams from the Clam Box of Ipswich.

Photo: Morgan & Owens

Bostonians tend to assume "the Cape," means Cape Cod —but there's another, less-trendy cape in easy driving distance of the city, filled with beaches, inns, and roadside shackes selling killer fried clams.

Destinations: Ipswich · Rockport · Gloucester · Essex

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    Yankee Clipper Inn

    Those from out of state may not realize that Massachusetts is home to more than one Cape. About an hour north of Boston is Cape Ann, and at its out

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    Woodman’s of Essex

    The town of Essex on the West Side of Cape Ann is famous for fried whole-belly clams. Shabby-chic Woodman’s claims to have invented the treat in 19

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    J. T. Farnham’s Seafood & Grill

    A 70-year-old landmark on the North Shore's "Clam Alley," serving excellent deep-fried bellies beside a tranquil salt marsh.

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    Duckworth's Bistrot

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    Clam Box of Ipswich

    This spot is indeed shaped like a cardboard clam box—try the creamy, delicious clam chowder.

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    Russell Orchards

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    Halibut Point State Park

    Explore all 30 miles including the breathtaking views and uncrowded beaches of the coast along route 1A; stop in the fishing town of Gloucester (ma

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    Rocky Neck Art Colony

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  • Massachusetts' Best Clam Shacks

    Ipswich, Northeast Massachusetts, Essex

    Maine may have lobsters, but if you’re looking for the quintessential fried clams, head straight to Massachusetts.

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