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Take a trip up the Charles!

With award-winning dining, boutique shopping, family-friendly spots, outdoor activities, rich history and cultural attractions - there's so much to explore in Newton, Needham, Watertown and Wellesley. We invite you to spend a day - or many - to get to know all our communities have to offer.

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Explore the map and links below to check out dream day trips or build your own itinerary for a trip up the Charles.

About this initiative:


A "Trip Up the Charles" is a campaign by the Charles River Regional Chamber funded by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism in partnership with the City of Newton, City of Watertown, Town of Needham and Town of Wellesley. Launched in spring of 2022, the project highlights destinations and local businesses within our four communities with a video by Needham-based Last Minute Productions, a map illustration by local artist Kit Collins, a searchable business directory and itineraries by ActiveTravels. Our thanks also to Traktek Partners, Elisif Photography, the Greater Boston Visitors and Convention Bureau and our many member volunteers and community partners for supporting this project.