Exploring a Garden Grown on Trash in Boston, Massachusetts
Wasn't Spectacle Island once a garbage heap? Didn't there used to be an old grease reclamation plant there back in the 1920s? Well, yeah, Spectacle Island was once, literally, a dump. But if you unplug your nose and trust in the island's environmental reclamation process, you'll be rewarded with a pristine and inexplicably uncrowded beach in the heart of Boston's historic harbor. Wind your way around hilltops that offer spectacular views of Massachusetts Bay. The beach is closed in winter, but snowshoeing trips run occasionally throughout the coldest months. Splurge on Jasper John's seafood near the pier, or bring your own snacks, but be warned: "pack-in, pack-out" camping rules apply to help keep Spectacle clean once and for all.