About the Area

Just a half-hour drive to the north and west of Boston lies the Greater Merrimack Valley. No matter what the season, the Valley has a beauty all its own. The changing seasons add to the vibrancy of the region and with these changes come certain unmistakable attractions - skiing, biking, fishing, canoeing, white water rafting, strawberry picking, hayrides and concerts under the stars. There is an undeniable spirit in the Greater Merrimack Valley - the same spirit that gave birth to our country.

Each of our towns and cities has its unique charms. That's why your getaway in the Valley can be made to order - whether you're looking for comfortable and cozy, vibrant and active, or fun and educational. Whatever kind of getaway you're looking for, adventure awaits you here.

Acton

Acton is a suburban community located 25 miles northwest of Boston. The town has retained much of its rural New England character, as evidenced by the traditional town center, its green, fine examples of historic architecture, and its stone walls and tree-lined country roads. A wide range of... Read More ›

Ashby

Ashby is a small rural community with a friendly atmosphere. Located in the north central section of Massachusetts, it is a residential community that still retains many of its original farms and orchards. In the Civil War era, the town was a station on the Underground Railroad for slaves... Read More ›

Ayer

The Town of Ayer grew up around the railroad industry in the 1840s. The railroad was a major force in shaping Ayer's economy through the early 1900s. Railroad switching yards, tanneries and mills prospered as a result of railroad transportation in the area. The town's Central Business District... Read More ›

Bedford

Bedford, located adjacent to Lexington and Concord, shares an important place in Revolutionary War History and the events of April 19, 1775. Minutemen gathered at the historic Fitch Tavern in Bedford before proceeding to battle in Concord. The original Bedford flag, currently housed in the... Read More ›

Billerica

Billerica is located 20 miles northwest of Boston and borders Lowell to the south. The remnants of the historic Middlesex Canal are now part of a renovation project aimed at restoring portions of this landmark waterway that once traversed the town from north to south. Visitors to the Middlesex... Read More ›

Boxborough

The Town of Boxborough's rugged, hilly terrain shows the effect of glacier scouring in its geological past. It is a small upland community with a hill-top town center featuring well-preserved Federal period houses. Much of the community retains its historical character. Boxborough has an early... Read More ›

Burlington

The town of Burlington was formed in 1799 and is sited on the watersheds of Ipswich, Mystic and Shawsheen Rivers. It is now a suburban industrial town at the junction of the Boston-Merrimack corridor, but for most of Burlington's history the town was almost entirely agricultural, selling hops... Read More ›

Carlisle

The Town of Carlisle offers peaceful residential living located within a short ride of Boston. Carlisle maintains a rich tradition in the preservation of open space and scenic ways. Nearly 20% of the town's 15 square miles is dedicated conservation land. The town is the home to the only working... Read More ›

Chelmsford

Much of Chelmsford’s present area was a Praying Town in the mid-1600s, an established preserve for Christianized Indians. It was an agricultural community with dairy farms and orchards as its specialties. Located 24 miles northwest of Boston, Chelmsford today is a suburban community offering... Read More ›

Concord

Founded in 1635, Concord is a historic town west of Boston. Located at the junction of the Concord/Sudbury/Assabet Rivers, the town was settled early by the English as a frontier outpost of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and was the first interior, non-tidal water town in Massachusetts. The... Read More ›

Dracut

The Town of Dracut is situated on the periphery of Lowell and southern New Hampshire. In 1653, the community was part of the Wamiset Praying Town, one of the preserves set aside by the colonists for Christianized Indians. The town has several large ponds, bogs and swamps and numerous brooks. Its... Read More ›

Dunstable

A rural community located on the New Hampshire Border, Dunstable retains its New England charm and is the perfect setting for a Sunday drive. Its open fields and pastures recall its past as a farming community, and visitors are charmed by its old country stores.

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Groton

The Town of Groton, incorporated in 1655, is a lovely New England village nestled on the banks of the Nashua and Squannacook Rivers and is the home of two well-known private schools. Majestic antique homesteads, faded red barns, rolling apple orchards, colonial stonewalls and family farm stands... Read More ›

Lexington

First Settled in 1642, as an outpost of Cambridge, Lexington began its life as an agricultural community. Lexington now proudly preserves its rich colonial past and offers visitors a wealth of cultural opportunities. The events of April 19th, 1775 put Lexington forever into the pages of American... Read More ›

Lincoln

The Town of Lincoln is a small suburb west of Boston with a strong sense of place. It began as a rural farming community made up of pieces of land nipped from adjacent towns; hence its nickname was once "Niptown." The town also became a popular site for country estates, of which some have become... Read More ›

Littleton

Littleton is a rare industrial town that lies on the western edge of suburban Boston. Part of the town was allocated as an Indian preserve known as the Nashoba Indian Praying Town. The settlement of Littleton was delayed by the frontier wars until the early 18th century when intense competition... Read More ›

Lowell

Located 27 miles northwest of Boston, Lowell is the fourth largest city in Massachusetts. Founded as the nation's first planned manufacturing center for textiles, its strategic location at the intersections of routes 495, 93 and 3, along with its commuter rail link to Boston, makes Lowell an... Read More ›

Pepperell

The small town of Pepperell is situated 35 miles northwest of Boston in rolling hill country at the junction of the Nissitissit and Nashua Rivers adjacent to the New Hampshire border. Pepperell is home to the only traditional covered bridge in the area. The town is known for its trout fishing... Read More ›

Shirley

The Town of Shirley is a rural industrial community located on the lowlands of the Catacunemaug River. It was considered the frontier when the handful of earliest colonists arrived in 1720 and settled on scattered farms in the town. Shirley was home to a thriving Shaker community from 1793-1908... Read More ›

Tewksbury

First settled in 1637, Tewksbury is a suburban community located 25 miles northwest of Boston on the uplands between the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. It borders the city of Lowell, as well as Andover, Dracut, Billerica, Wilmington, and Chelmsford. Tewksbury was gradually settled by residents of... Read More ›

Townsend

Townsend's rich history dates back to the seventeen hundreds, having been incorporated in 1732. The first mill of the town was built in 1733 in "Townsend Harbor". The pond at Townsend Harbor came into existence in 1734 when the dam was built for the mill. The Conant House, Gristmill and... Read More ›

Tyngsboro

Tyngsborough lies on the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border, 30 miles north of Boston and just south of the town of Nashua, NH, and was founded in 1661 by Colonel Jonathan Tyng. The Tyng Mansion House is one of the oldest homes north of Boston. During the foundation period, settlers of... Read More ›

Westford

The Town of Westford is a suburban community with rolling hills, lakes, and apple orchards. The area is ideal for biking. Incorporated on September 23, 1729, Westford is home to a beautiful library, a community center, an active recreation department, the Nashoba Valley Ski area and two town... Read More ›

Wilmington

The Town of Wilmington is a suburban industrial town occupying 17.2 square miles of the watershed of the Ipswich River. The town was part of an unstable Colonial frontier during Queen Ann's War. The Baldwin apple is supposed to have been discovered in Wilmington in the 1790's on Butters Farm.... Read More ›

Woburn

Settled in 1640, Woburn is a suburban industrial city located about ten miles north of Boston. It’s a small city located in the upper Mystic River Valley, occupying 13.1 miles of the Fells Upland. Incorporated in 1642, Woburn became an early manufacturing center, tanning leather and making shoes... Read More ›