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  • Michelle Bucher | April 30, 2015 3:00 AM ET

    One Crazy Sign On The Road Between Boston and New York City

    One Crazy Sign On The Road Between Boston and New York City

    PHOTO: The locals have taken to the 45-letter alternative spelling of Lake Chaubunagungamaug.

    As a road tripper, we're always on a quest to find quirky establishments, offbeat roadside attractions and funny signs. While planning our east coast road trip, we happened to stumble across a sign online and had to add it to our road trip itinerary. 

    Lake Chaubunagungamaug was a fun stopover for us while road tripping from Boston to New York City. The best part about this stopover was that it really didn’t add on extra time to our road trip, we just took a different route down to New York City so we could see the Lake Chaubunagungamaug welcome sign.

    According to Google Maps, it takes the same amount of time to travel from Boston to New York via the I-84 as it does the I-395 towards Lake Chaubunagungamaug. Your only difference will be wait time in traffic on the I-84 vs the I-395.

    Other things to do while in Massachusetts:

    We spent a lot of time road tripping around Massachusetts. There’s so much to see and do in this state. Lake Chaubunagungamaug was of course the highlight of our road trip through Massachusetts because the uniqueness of its name.

    If you’re planning on road tripping through Massachusetts, here’s a fun list of other things to see while in town:

    Around Boston:

    Harvard University. We had quite the tourist experience while in Boston. We of course drove to Harvard University just to see what the campus looked like.

    Fenway Park wasn’t too far from a place we were having dinner. One of our road trip friends is a big baseball fan, so we walked around the outside of Fenway Park. We happened to stumble across bronze statues of some Boston Red Sox players, and my friend was more than delighted to get his picture taken with these statues.

    In Boston, you’ll find a historic marker that commemorates the first telephone/wire transmission. This was actually a really cool historic marker to find. We were wandering around downtown Boston, and were busy taking pictures of different attraction, and places to see, when we just stumbled across this historic marker. Sometimes, unplanned attractions are fun to find.

    “Make way for ducklings” bronze statue. This was a fun little statue that we stumbled across while touring around Boston. The statues plaque notes that this statue was sculpted after a popular children’s book from the 1940s.

    Also in Boston, there’s a huge 12 foot tall bronze teddy bear statue. We like finding things like this while road tripping. We generally stop, pose for some fun pictures, and then move onto the next attraction

    If you’re heading up to Lake Chaubunagungamaug, you’ll pass through Arlington and Leominstern just north of your route:

    In Arlington, there is a bronze statue of Uncle Sam, commemorating the town he was born in.

    In Leominster, there is a grave for a man who was persecuted for wearing a beard. His tombstone notes that 4 men attacked him and tried to shave it off; he spent a year in jail for resisting the men from shaving off his beard. My road trip friend just happened to have a beard at the time, and wanted a picture of him next to the tombstone.

    What’s your favorite thing to do/see while in Massachusetts?


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Michelle Bucher Road Rules From the Road Trip Blogger

Michelle Bucher Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michelle has spent the past six years on various road trip adventures around North America. She's road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog,, showcasing stories from her random road trip adventures.
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