Waltham, MA, USA

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Waltham, MA, USA

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History awaits in Waltham

Waltham is surrounded by the elegant estates of erstwhile American tycoons, and its important industrial past still oozes from every crack and crevice in its aged redbrick factories. It was here that the American watch and clock industry found its epicenter, and where the US labor movement gained momentum. These days, the town pulses with an edgy, student vibe. Waltham vacation rentals pepper lively nightlife strips like Moody Street, or pop up along the pretty banks of the Charles Riverwalk, all offering a glimpse at one of Massachusetts' enticing, lived-in backwater towns.

Indulging in the Waltham vibes

Waltham has become something of a bohemian hub; a place fueled by the creative output of its resident students. Just take the vibes of Moody Street, where arthouse cinemas rub shoulders with sleepless cabaret bars and cutting-edge Japanese sushi-sake joints. Or, hit the Charles Riverwalk in the summer evenings to mingle with the locals and chat about the latest events in the long-running Concerts on Waltham Common festival. You can top that all off with a medley of orchestral performances, academic lectures, and National Historic Landmarks to wow the eye.

Watches and regal estates in Waltham

While the hedonistic strips of Moody Street beckon in the evening, it would be timely to tick off the Waltham Watch Museum before you head off sipping craft beers and sake. It's there that you can trace the past of the industry that put this town on the map some centuries ago, and get a grip on how all those elegant mansions and estates managed to pop up on the outskirts of town. And talking of historic houses, the likes of Gore Place and the Lyman Estate are simply not to be missed.

Avoid winter hibernation in Waltham

Like the rest of north-central Massachusetts, Waltham has cold winters and warm summers. Most travelers flock to the town for the latter, between June and August, when the al fresco beer bars of Moody Street and the green spaces of the riverside parks are packed with revelers. This is also the best time to survey the elegant mansion houses and their manicured grounds on the outskirts of the city. That said, springtime in May can also be a beautiful time to come, and has some truly wallet-friendly Waltham vacation rentals to boot.

Survey Boston from Waltham's hills

It's possible to cast your gaze out as far as the sprawling city of Boston if you clamber to the tops of Prospect Hill Park on the north side of the city. Meanwhile, for a taste of the wilder side of Massachusetts, it's certainly worth looking for Waltham vacation rentals near the rolling wetlands and muddy mountain biking trails, the dense woods, and wriggling hiking tracks of the Beaver Brook North Reservation. There are also bird-spotting enclaves clutching the edge of the Charles River to the west.