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Drive the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

Boardwalk with benches overlooking body of water under blue sky
The scenic byway travels along the coast

Essex National Heritage Area Photo / Scott Booth

The 90-mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway links 14 coastal communities from Lynn to Salisbury. Essex National Heritage Area manages the roadway to preserve its intrinsic historic and cultural qualities. Travel the byway to experience the region's rich history and culture with access to a National Historic Site, scenic views, period architecture, and recreational opportunities—all at your own pace and in your own time. 

Stop by the Salem Armory Visitor Center en route to learn more about the area and opportunities to experience what makes Essex County special. Learn more about the byway from a distance by visiting the Essex National Heritage Area website.

Details
The route meanders its way along the coastline of Massachusetts. Several stops along the way provide opportunities to learn about the area.

The 90-mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway links 14 coastal communities from Lynn to Salisbury. Travel the byway to experience the region's rich history and culture with access to a National Historic Site, scenic views, period architecture, and recreational opportunities—all at your own pace and in your own time. 

Additional information about the route can be found at Essex National Heritage Area.

This activity is primarily experienced from your vehicle. Pet restrictions will vary based on stops and the specifics of locations.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

In the Salem Armory Visitor Center, National Park Service staff and volunteers provide information on historic sites and other places of interest throughout the Essex National Heritage Area. Visitors can learn more about the history of Essex County from the exhibits and free orientation film available inside. Books and gifts are available for purchase in the bookstore managed by National Park Service partner Eastern National.

Accessibility Information

This activity is primarily experienced from your vehicle. Accessibility will vary based on stops and the specifics of locations. National Historic Site locations are fully accessible for limited mobility and wheelchairs.

Last updated: February 23, 2021