I’ve been to Massachusetts a few times before, but this time was different. I’ll remember this trip forever.
The last time I went to Massachusetts was in 2008 or 2009. I went with my family and I was just starting high school at the time. It was fun, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes going on vacation with just your parents isn’t ideal.
This time around I went with my family and my boyfriend, which made it SO much better. I was also older so I knew exactly where I wanted to go/see and we brought a second car too (freeeeedom). That was a complete game changer.
We left on a Thursday morning at 5:30AM and got to Fall River, Massachusetts at 3:00PM. It felt like such a short drive, but I loved every second of it! When we got to our family friend’s house, we were the first one’s to arrive. My parents were still on their way, but that gave us a chance to catch up after a few years and I got to introduce my boyfriend. Our friend Liz is honestly hilarious and you can’t help but love her and her family.
Our first stop on our trip was at of course… Dunkin’ Donuts. The one coffee chain we don’t have in Canada and boy are we missing out! The donuts are good, but the coffee is the best part. I tried a French Vanilla iced coffee and i’ve never tried anything better. Their sizes are massive though! A medium there is like a large in Canada and they even have an extra large cup! The extra large is bigger than a Venti at Starbucks… you’d definitely be able to stay awake drinking one of those.
We then went to a beach in Newport, Rhode Island and it was so nice being in the ocean again. It was the perfect summer day and the perfect opportunity to get a great tan. It made me wish we had beaches like that where I live, but being able to visit is just as great. We also walked along a trail that was right by the beach and the view was breathtaking.
Next stop… Providence Place! Honestly, I thought this mall was way better than the Eaton Centre. It had four floors, but it was well laid out and you could actually stand by the railings and look down at each floor. The stores were great and all of the best brands could be found there. But my favourite part was the fact that in Rhode Island you don’t get taxed on clothes! That’s amazing! I got a pair of Hollister jeans for $25! I was so happy and totally jealous. If I lived there, I would probably have way more clothes. Maybe it’s a good thing I live in Canada… If you’re ever in Rhode Island, you have to go on a shopping trip at Providence Place!
I think my favourite part of the trip was when we drove to Boston. I instantly fell in love with their adorable apartment buildings and the city itself was just so beautiful. Once we drove through, we stopped in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s not far from Boston and it’s where Harvard University is located. The Harvard buildings are so nice and I made sure I didn’t leave without a university sweater. It took us two stores and over an hour of driving around, but I finally bought it! I can now say I own an official Harvard University sweater! Still counts right?
We were only in Massachusetts for over four days, but it was the best road trip i’ve ever been on! I made so many new memories, had Dunkin’ Donuts probably way too many times (no regrets), and got to share the whole experience with my boyfriend. If I could visit every year, I’d be a happy camper.
I hope you all get a chance to visit this amazing state and experience all of the wonderful things it has to offer!