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A checked bag is just as essential as a good carry-on.

The Best Checked Luggage

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Every traveler can use a solid piece of checked luggage that can fit enough clothing, accessories and shoes for a long trip. Durability, plenty of storage and wheels that can handle rolling a full bag easily are just a few things to look for in a reputable piece of luggage.

If it's time to purchase a checked bag that can accommodate your belongings and handle the rigor of being tossed around, read on to discover your best options. All of our recommendations have top ratings and have also been personally tested and reviewed.

Best Overall: DELSEY PARIS Sky Max 2.0 Large Expandable Spinner

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Best Hard-sided: Samsonite Freeform Large Spinner

Best soft-sided: travelpro crew classic large check-in expandable spinner, best medium: away the medium, best large: lojel cubo large, best trunk: july checked trunk, best lightweight: lipault plume very long trip, best organization: solgaard check-in closet original – medium.

(Note: Prices and stock availability were accurate at the time this article was updated; they may fluctuate due to demand or other factors.)

DELSEY PARIS Max 2.0 Large Expandable Spinner in black.

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DELSEY PARIS Max 2.0 Large Expandable Spinner in black.

Price: $209.99 or less

Dimensions: 31 x 20 x 13.25 inches | Weight: 8.25 pounds Packing capacity: 14-21 days; 117 liters | Colors: Black, green or blue Hard- or soft-sided: Soft-sided | Warranty: 3-year limited

The soft-sided DELSEY PARIS Sky Max 2.0 Large Expandable Spinner is our top overall pick for the Best Checked Luggage thanks to its durability and excellent handling. This piece of checked luggage features double-spinner wheels; a collapsible handle for use on two or four wheels; a TSA-approved lock; and cushioned top, bottom and side handles. The bag has one large interior compartment with tie-down straps to keep everything in place and a medium zippered side pocket, plus a large zippered mesh pocket on the inside of the top of the bag, perfect for holding toiletries (or dirty clothes as your trip unfolds).

There are two large front pockets on the exterior of the bag for stashing last-minute or smaller items. The exterior of this checked bag is constructed of a polyester fabric with a twill pattern, and the bag expands quite a bit to fit in any additional souvenirs you may want to bring home with you.

What our editors say:

I am obsessed with this soft-sided checked bag – it fits an absurd amount of stuff. You can easily pack enough clothes, shoes, accessories and gear for a two- to three-week trip, and even when it's filled to the brim, the wheels and handle make it easy to maneuver the suitcase across many types of terrain. Mine has been checked numerous times, and the darker-colored fabric with its subtle design means any scuffs are pretty impossible to see and it hasn't scratched or dented at all. – Erin Evans, Managing Editor

Samsonite Freeform Large Spinner in purple.

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Samsonite Freeform Large Spinner in purple.

Price: $279.99 or less

Dimensions: 31.1 x 20.9 x 13.8 inches | Weight: 9.6 pounds Packing capacity: 14-21 days | Colors: Navy, white, gray, black or purple Hard- or soft-sided: Hard-sided | Warranty: 10-year limited

The Samsonite Freeform Large Spinner is a traveler favorite for good reason. This hard-sided polypropylene suitcase is impressively lightweight for its size and made to last. A built-in TSA lock protects your luggage, and it expands by 1.5 inches when you need more room. There are two main packing compartments separated by a zippered panel on one side and compression straps on the other. The double wheels will allow you to navigate any airport or destination with ease. The Freeform also comes in medium and carry-on sizes, as well as a two-piece set.

I used to only use soft-sided luggage, but I've been won over by this suitcase. I love how easy it is to maneuver and lift such a large bag during my travels. You also can't go wrong with the Samsonite Outline Pro Large Spinner , which comes in a few other colors and has a slightly different compression system inside. – Catriona Kendall, Editor

Travelpro Crew Classic Large Check-in Expandable Spinner in blue.

Price: $349.99 or less

Dimensions: 30.75 x 18 x 13.25 inches | Weight: 10.4 pounds Packing capacity: 14-21 days; 130 liters | Colors: Black, gray or blue Hard- or soft-sided: Soft-sided | Warranty: Limited lifetime

Like many Travelpro luggage pieces, the Travelpro Crew Classic Large Check-in Expandable Spinner comes with a plethora of handy features. A TSA-approved lock keeps your belongings safe, and the self-aligning wheels make for easy rolling across a range of surfaces. Inside, you'll find a removable fold-out suiter for protecting clothes against wrinkles – so you won't need to bring an extra garment bag for a formal affair. There are also interior pockets (including a water-resistant one) and hold-down straps for keeping your belongings organized and secure.

This Travelpro spinner can hold plenty at 130 liters, but if you need something even bigger, the Travelpro Platinum Elite Large Check-In Spinner is a great alternative with many of the same features and 143.5 liters of space.

I was shocked at how lightweight this suitcase was for its size. The fold-out suiter is a game-changer for business travel or travel that requires formal attire, like a cruise or destination wedding . – Leilani Osmundson, Senior Digital Producer

Away The Medium in green.

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Away The Medium in green.

Price: $365 or less

Dimensions: 26 x 18.5 x 11 inches | Weight: 10.4 pounds Packing capacity: 7-14 days; 68 liters | Colors: Several options, including black, sea green, olive or white gloss Hard- or soft-sided: Hard-sided | Warranty: Limited lifetime

The Medium by Away is surprisingly large, with enough storage for about two weeks' worth of clothing. An interior compression panel and mesh pockets help maximize space, and an included laundry bag allows you to easily separate dirty and clean clothing in your suitcase. This checked bag also comes with a color-matched luggage tag. For the inevitable scratches, you can use a magic eraser to wipe the bag clean.

The Medium is so spacious that I can't imagine using a larger checked bag. I also appreciate all of the grab handles that make it easy to load on to the airport scale or pull off the baggage claim belt. – Amanda Norcross, Senior Content & SEO Strategist

LOJEL Cubo Large in red.

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LOJEL Cubo Large in red.

Price: $430 or less

Dimensions: 30.5 x 21.7 x 13.4 (14.6 when extended) inches | Weight: 11.7 pounds Packing capacity: 14-21 days; 120 liters (130 when extended) | Colors: 9 options, including burgundy, black, yellow or navy Hard- or soft-sided: Hard-sided | Warranty: 10-year

The flat-top opening on this large suitcase really makes it stand out from the crowd. Given its size, the top opening makes it easy to pack and close the suitcase when you have limited space. Constructed with 50% recycled polycarbonate, this style has a durable and sustainable design. The interior of the expandable suitcase has a lid with two spacious mesh compartments and a third with a privacy panel. For added organization, there's a zip pocket and a compression divider with four zip pockets, which keeps small items organized and helps you compartmentalize your belongings while in transit.

If you're looking for a large checked suitcase that is sturdy, easy to wheel and can hold a lot of contents, this is it. I really like the variety of zip pockets on the interior to keep smaller items easy to find, and the flat-top opening is a real game changer in small hotel rooms or tight spaces. – Rachael Hood, Senior Editor

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July Checked Trunk in blue.

Price: $545 or less

Dimensions: 28.35 x 16.34 x 14.5 inches | Weight: 13.2 pounds Packing capacity: 10-14 days; 95 liters | Colors: 11 gloss and matte options, including dark green, red or black Hard- or soft-sided: Hard-sided | Warranty: Limited lifetime with 100-day trial

This trunk is constructed with a rivetless anodized aluminum frame and crush-proof German polycarbonate shell. The trunk design has an 80/20 lid opening, and it closes with twin integrated TSA latch locks. On the inside, the bag has stain- and water-resistant nylon lining, a hidden laundry bag and a Y-strap compression system to keep contents secure. For easy maneuvering, it has a multi-height adjustable soft handle, top and side carry handles, and dual-spinner wheels.

From its sleek exterior to its space-maximized interior, this trunk makes packing for a long trip a breeze. The handle is extremely comfortable to pull, and the silent wheels glide effortlessly on an array of surfaces. – Rachael Hood

Lipault Plume Very Long Trip in blue.

Price: $329 or less

Dimensions: 31.1 x 18.1 x 12.2 inches | Weight: 8.6 pounds Packing capacity: 10-21 days | Colors: Maroon, navy or khaki green Hard- or soft-sided: Soft-sided | Warranty: 3-year limited

Weighing in at less than 9 pounds, this checked bag doesn't sacrifice quality or features. Its durable nylon construction wipes off easily, so you won't be too troubled by white winter salt marks or spilled coffee. The interior features two fold-down shelves, allowing you to pack it like a trunk or a traditional suitcase. There's also a mesh separation net to keep all of your belongings in place when you open the case, as well as two large interior zippered pockets.

On the front of the bag, you can make use of a spacious front zip pocket, a coordinating luggage tag and a zippered compartment that conceals and protects the telescoping handle when not in use. The spinner wheels glide easily on any surface, and if you want a coordinating carry-on, the Lipault Plume Cabin Size Spinner – U.S. News' top soft-sided luggage pick – can be stowed inside this bag when not in use.

While I try to stick to carry-on luggage, this checked suitcase is extremely impressive and perfect for when I need more space. I absolutely love the shelves that can be folded down flat when I don't want them, but also the ability to pack so I can just use the suitcase like a rolling closet. It's really lightweight, and I love that it coordinates with one of my favorite personal item bags, the Lipault City Plume 24H 2.0 . – Rachael Hood

Solgaard Check-In Closet Original – Medium in black.

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Solgaard Check-In Closet Original – Medium in black.

Price: $355 or less

Dimensions: 24.8 x 14.5 x 11.8 inches | Weight: 10.7 pounds Packing capacity: 10-15 days; 91 liters | Colors: 13 options, including black, red, purple or precious metals Hard- or soft-sided: Hard-sided | Warranty: Lifetime

If you're the type of person that likes to transfer your clothes from your suitcase to the hotel dresser upon arrival to keep things organized, this Solgaard suitcase is for you. With its built-in shelving system, you don't have to unpack – just pack your clothes into the five shelves and, when you get to the hotel, hang the removable shelving system for easy access. The suitcase is made with a durable polycarbonate shell. It comes with a TSA-approved three-digit lock, and the frictionless wheels paired with its comfortable handle make this checked bag easy to maneuver.

What our contributors say:

Not only does this suitcase make it easier to travel, but I also love that it is designed with sustainability in mind. Each one is made from 100% recycled plastic that is collected in coastal communities, in order to prevent it from going into the ocean. The one downside is that the shelving does take up some room, so you might be trading convenience for maximum capacity. – Sharael Kolberg

How we tested

Taking into account durability, capacity and features, our team tested more than a dozen checked bags from a variety of brands at a range of price points. We tested to see how the overall structure of the bag works for travel needs, along with the maneuverability of the wheels and comfort of the handle on a range of surfaces from moving walkways to cobblestones. After taking these suitcases on a variety of journeys, we've selected these checked suitcases as the best for 2024.

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14 Must-See Salem Stops for a Spellbinding Summer Adventure

Posted: June 7, 2024 | Last updated: June 7, 2024

<p>Iconic for its eerie allure and dark history, Salem, Massachusetts, is always high on autumn travel bucket lists. Yet, summertime shines a different light on this charming coastal town, making it a must-visit for travelers this season. </p> <p>Discover a different side to Witch City this summer with these travel editor-tested things to do. </p>

Iconic for its eerie allure and dark history, Salem, Massachusetts, is always high on autumn travel bucket lists. Yet, summertime shines a different light on this charming coastal town, making it a must-visit for travelers this season. 

Discover a different side to Witch City this summer with these travel editor-tested things to do. 

<p>If you visit during autumn, the city’s peak season, you’ll have to pack your patience. The streets are wall-to-wall with vehicles and visitors, the lines for attractions and dining are extremely long, and finding parking is nearly impossible unless you arrive at the break of dawn.</p><p>However, other seasons offer a better chance to visit with lower crowds. I hit the road recently to find out if Salem can be just as fun in the <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/summer-camping-giveaway/">summer</a>, and it definitely is.</p>

Things To Do in Salem in the Summer

If you visit during autumn, the city’s peak season, you’ll have to pack your patience. The streets are wall-to-wall with vehicles and visitors, the lines for attractions and dining are extremely long, and finding parking is nearly impossible unless you arrive at the break of dawn.

However, other seasons offer a better chance to visit with lower crowds. I hit the road recently to find out if Salem can be just as fun in the summer , and it definitely is.

<p>I love horror movies. So, when I was allowed to visit a non-hokey museum dedicated to all things horror and Halloween-themed movies, you can bet it was one of my first stops in Salem.</p><p>At Count Orlok’s Nightmare Museum, you’ll not only see famous monsters, but it’s also a learning experience, and each room offers insight into the folks who made the statues.</p><p>If you want a peek into the horror madness, ask for a behind-the-scenes, aka basement, after-hours tour. It was one of the highlights of my summer Salem visit, and knowing I was among friends who shared a love of spooky creatures was ideal, especially his “Vault Macabre.”</p>

Check out Horror Movie Replicas at Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery

I love horror movies. So, when I was allowed to visit a non-hokey museum dedicated to all things horror and Halloween-themed movies, you can bet it was one of my first stops in Salem.

At Count Orlok’s Nightmare Museum, you’ll not only see famous monsters, but it’s also a learning experience, and each room offers insight into the folks who made the statues.

If you want a peek into the horror madness, ask for a behind-the-scenes, aka basement, after-hours tour. It was one of the highlights of my summer Salem visit, and knowing I was among friends who shared a love of spooky creatures was ideal, especially his “Vault Macabre.”

<p>Sure, you can get the history of the Salem Witch Trails via the internet or museum, but if you want to walk in the shoes of the people involved, I highly suggest a tour with Bewitched Walking Tours. Some may recognize tour guide Sarah Black’s voice from <em>Salem: The Podcast</em>.  </p><p>Full disclosure: I’m not knocking the <a href="https://www.sandandorsnow.com/2021/09/8-best-museums-in-salem-ma-adults-and-teens/" rel="noopener">Salem museums</a>, but there’s something about being at the actual locations and then seeing the performances in the museums to bring them to life.</p>

Take a Private Salem History Tour

Sure, you can get the history of the Salem Witch Trails via the internet or museum, but if you want to walk in the shoes of the people involved, I highly suggest a tour with Bewitched Walking Tours. Some may recognize tour guide Sarah Black’s voice from  Salem: The Podcast .  

Full disclosure: I’m not knocking the  Salem museums , but there’s something about being at the actual locations and then seeing the performances in the museums to bring them to life.

<p>If you have younger kiddos, visiting The World of Wizardry is a fun way to tour “magical rooms,” especially if they’re <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/harry-potter-movie-locations-you-can-visit/"><em>Harry Potter</em></a> fans. While the museum isn’t <em>Harry Potter-</em>themed, it does give the feel that you’re in different enchanted rooms.</p><p>If you’re worried it may be scary, don’t. It’s more beautiful than creepy, and the preshow is adorable. I took my adult daughter, and she had a ball, but I’d say this one is fine for elementary and middle school kids, too.</p>

Tour the World of Wizardry

If you have younger kiddos, visiting The World of Wizardry is a fun way to tour “magical rooms,” especially if they’re  Harry Potter  fans. While the museum isn’t Harry Potter- themed, it does give the feel that you’re in different enchanted rooms.

If you’re worried it may be scary, don’t. It’s more beautiful than creepy, and the preshow is adorable. I took my adult daughter, and she had a ball, but I’d say this one is fine for elementary and middle school kids, too.

<p>While Salem Cemeteries are happy to take donations, visiting them is free. I walking through cemeteries is calming for me, and a stroll along the paths and spying the imagery on each is a way to learn about history. </p><p>If you’re particularly interested in Salem Witch Trials cemeteries, take time out for the three main spots: Charter Street, Broad Street, and Howard Street.</p><p>In addition to the cemetery walk, Charter Street has the adjacent Salem Witch Trials Memorial, where descendants come and lay flowers as tributes to their relatives.</p>

Walk Through Salem’s Cemeteries

While Salem Cemeteries are happy to take donations, visiting them is free. I walking through cemeteries is calming for me, and a stroll along the paths and spying the imagery on each is a way to learn about history. 

If you’re particularly interested in Salem Witch Trials cemeteries, take time out for the three main spots: Charter Street, Broad Street, and Howard Street.

In addition to the cemetery walk, Charter Street has the adjacent Salem Witch Trials Memorial, where descendants come and lay flowers as tributes to their relatives.

<p>Extreme ironing is not about ironing loads of clothes at super speed. This hobby involves ironing in the most insane places. For example, an extreme ironer might iron their shirt while riding a bicycle or crease their slacks at the top of a mountain.</p><p>You don’t need to have incredible talent to enjoy this activity. Athletic people may be able to iron at the top of a rock climbing wall, but creative people will think of the wildest ironing locations. Theoretically, you’re also doing chores while enjoying your hobby!</p><p><span>Witchcraft</span></p><p>Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, you, too, can be a witch! While you may not want to conjure dark spirits or learn to fly witchcraft can be a quirky way to connect to the world around you.</p><p>There are many beginner’s guides to playful witchcraft, or you can research Wiccan practices. Witchcraft as a hobby can involve lighting candles, reciting spells, grinding herbs, mixing juices, and whatever else you want. You don’t need to believe in magic to participate- people who don’t believe in magic might still toss a coin in a well and make a wish, so what’s the difference?</p>

Have a Psychic Reading

For some, using tarot cards or having a psychic reading may not be their bag, which is alright. I enjoy the process and find it both uplifting and fun.

On this visit, my daughter and I headed to  Pentagram  for a tarot reading, and our 13-minute session was filled with information regarding work, family, friends, and what to expect in the next year.

If you’re planning to spend the day in Salem, you can also book an appointment for an Aura Reading at HausWitch. You can either have a solo reading or book a reading for you and a partner or friend. Auras change depending on who you’re with. 

<p>The long line I saw outside every time I walked by gave me the sense that the Salem Witch Museum was the most popular museum in the city. Inside a desanctified church, there is a 20-minute show describing the witch trials, and there is also a museum.</p><p><em>Pro Tip</em>: The historical figures depicted in the show could be better, but the story is worth listening to, and the tribute to the 20 people who perished because of it is lovely.</p>

Learn About the History of the Salem Witch Trials at the Salem Witch Museum

The long line I saw outside every time I walked by gave me the sense that the Salem Witch Museum was the most popular museum in the city. Inside a desanctified church, there is a 20-minute show describing the witch trials, and there is also a museum.

Pro Tip : The historical figures depicted in the show could be better, but the story is worth listening to, and the tribute to the 20 people who perished because of it is lovely.

<p>At my house, I’m all about spooky photo shoots with colored smoke and jack-o-lanterns (I warned you above!), so booking an actual, professional photo shoot at <a href="https://www.witchpix.com/" rel="nofollow noopener">Witch Pix </a>was perfect for me and my daughter. We could make the photos as silly or spooky as we liked, and the entire process was from beginning to end.</p><p>Once you pick out your costume, depending on the era you enjoy best, you can select a couple of highly detailed backdrops that look real. If you thought it’s like the old-time photos you get at theme parks, the only comparable part is that they offer antique filters.</p>

Have a Professional Photo Shoot at Witch Pix

At my house, I’m all about spooky photo shoots with colored smoke and jack-o-lanterns (I warned you above!), so booking an actual, professional photo shoot at  Witch Pix  was perfect for me and my daughter. We could make the photos as silly or spooky as we liked, and the entire process was from beginning to end.

Once you pick out your costume, depending on the era you enjoy best, you can select a couple of highly detailed backdrops that look real. If you thought it’s like the old-time photos you get at theme parks, the only comparable part is that they offer antique filters.

<p>I love all things Halloween, including the history behind the holiday. If you’re a fan like me, a trip to the Halloween Museum is a must.</p><p>Not only is the museum adorably quirky and filled with black lights, but it is also a fun way to spend 30 minutes to an hour of your time. The historical artifacts begin with the holiday in the 1920s and go through the present time, including some pretty horrific costumes from the 1970s.</p>

Check out the Halloween Museum

I love all things Halloween, including the history behind the holiday. If you’re a fan like me, a trip to the Halloween Museum is a must.

Not only is the museum adorably quirky and filled with black lights, but it is also a fun way to spend 30 minutes to an hour of your time. The historical artifacts begin with the holiday in the 1920s and go through the present time, including some pretty horrific costumes from the 1970s.

<p>If you want to spend a few hours away from all things witchy and spooky to learn about American history and culture, you’ll want to visit the Peabody Essex Museum. Located on Essex Street, the multi-floor museum showcases everything from paintings to sculptures to artsy films.</p><p>While every area is worth checking out, the Yin Yu Tang House is the gold star on its proverbial chart. You’ll need to sign up for complimentary timed tickets, but it’s worth it because this two-story house is exquisite in its architecture and Chinese history.</p>

Spend a Couple of Hours at Peabody Essex Museum

If you want to spend a few hours away from all things witchy and spooky to learn about American history and culture, you’ll want to visit the Peabody Essex Museum. Located on Essex Street, the multi-floor museum showcases everything from paintings to sculptures to artsy films.

While every area is worth checking out, the Yin Yu Tang House is the gold star on its proverbial chart. You’ll need to sign up for complimentary timed tickets, but it’s worth it because this two-story house is exquisite in its architecture and Chinese history.

<p>The Witchery moved a new location last. year, and it has plenty of room for hands-on activities such as broom-making and bookbinding.</p><p>During our two-hour session, my daughter and I learned about primitive page binding, leather punching, and how to etch images into the cover. I loved that we could choose cover colors, cord styles, and how plain or decorated we wanted our books to be.</p>

Take a Bookbinding Class at the Witchery

The Witchery moved a new location last. year, and it has plenty of room for hands-on activities such as broom-making and bookbinding.

During our two-hour session, my daughter and I learned about primitive page binding, leather punching, and how to etch images into the cover. I loved that we could choose cover colors, cord styles, and how plain or decorated we wanted our books to be.

<p>To my delight, the Real Pirates Museum is not hokey. Highlighting a ship called the Whydah, each room underscores a pirate’s daily life, genuine pirate treasure, and life at sea for months.</p><p>If you are taking the kids, there are plenty of hands-on experiences. I learned a ton during our visit, and if you’re concerned about the fear factor, don’t worry; it’s very family-friendly.</p>

Learn About a Real Pirate Ship and Its Crew at Real Pirates

To my delight, the Real Pirates Museum is not hokey. Highlighting a ship called the Whydah, each room underscores a pirate’s daily life, genuine pirate treasure, and life at sea for months.

If you are taking the kids, there are plenty of hands-on experiences. I learned a ton during our visit, and if you’re concerned about the fear factor, don’t worry; it’s very family-friendly.

<p>Fun fact about Salem, Mass.: while the 1960s TV series <em>Bewitched</em> was filmed in Los Angeles, there’s an adorable homage to our beloved twitchy-nosed Samantha. On the corner of Essex and Washington Streets sits a life-sized tribute to her and the brief time the show filmed some scenes in the city.</p><p>It’s a rite of passage to have your picture taken with Samantha, and while you undoubtedly have to wait in line for your turn, it’s worth every minute.</p>

Get a Photo at the Famous Statue Downtown

Fun fact about Salem, Mass.: while the 1960s TV series Bewitched was filmed in Los Angeles, there’s an adorable homage to our beloved twitchy-nosed Samantha. On the corner of Essex and Washington Streets sits a life-sized tribute to her and the brief time the show filmed some scenes in the city.

It’s a rite of passage to have your picture taken with Samantha, and while you undoubtedly have to wait in line for your turn, it’s worth every minute.

<p>In case you’re unfamiliar with the <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/family-friendly-halloween-movies/">Halloween movie</a> <em>Hocus Pocus</em>, it was filmed between Salem and the adjacent town, Marblehead.</p><p>One of the first filming locations is in Allison’s mansion, also called the Ropes Mansion. If you are in Salem while the house offers free tours, do yourself a favor and take it. However, if the interior is not open, you can still tour the beautiful gardens in the back.</p><p>I believe in being respectful when I visit any city or attraction, so it goes without saying please don’t trample the flowers and leave only footprints, not garbage.</p><p>Additionally, if you’re a <em>Hocus Pocus</em> super fan and tour the mansion’s interior, the foyer’s teeny size will be surprising compared to Allison’s home in the film.</p>

Tour the Ropes Mansion & Garden

In case you’re unfamiliar with the Halloween movie Hocus Pocus , it was filmed between Salem and the adjacent town, Marblehead.

One of the first filming locations is in Allison’s mansion, also called the Ropes Mansion. If you are in Salem while the house offers free tours, do yourself a favor and take it. However, if the interior is not open, you can still tour the beautiful gardens in the back.

I believe in being respectful when I visit any city or attraction, so it goes without saying please don’t trample the flowers and leave only footprints, not garbage.

Additionally, if you’re a Hocus Pocus super fan and tour the mansion’s interior, the foyer’s teeny size will be surprising compared to Allison’s home in the film.

<p>I enjoy the fact that Salem Proper only offers a few chain hotels. Instead, you’ll find quaint lodging in smaller hotels and bed and breakfasts. Here are two places to stay in Salem that I highly recommend.</p><h3>Coach House Inn</h3><p>The Coach House Inn is Airbnb style with multi-unit rooms decorated in a black and white theme, and it offers a timeless look and chic vibe. We received our entry codes the day of our check-in, and I found the property both quiet and an ideal location.</p><p>There is another <em>Hocus Pocus</em> reference here, but The Coach House Inn is up the street from Max Dennison’s house. The family home has resident-only parking nearby, so it’s notable that you can leave your car at the Airbnb-style lodging and walk.</p><h3>The Salem Inn</h3><p>With the same kind of contactless entry as The Coach House Inn, the Salem Inn is different in its vibe because its decor is more authentic to the building’s period. Offering a complimentary breakfast menu each morning and an ideal location on Summer Street, the B&B provides complimentary parking if you need help finding an on-street spot.</p><p>The property’s giant birdcage with adorable teeny finches in the lobby was endearing. Additionally, if your guest room is on one of the higher floors, there’s a working dumbwaiter for your luggage, so you don’t have to lug it up the steps.</p>

Where To Stay in Salem, Mass.

I enjoy the fact that Salem Proper only offers a few chain hotels. Instead, you’ll find quaint lodging in smaller hotels and bed and breakfasts. Here are two places to stay in Salem that I highly recommend.

Coach House Inn

The Coach House Inn is Airbnb style with multi-unit rooms decorated in a black and white theme, and it offers a timeless look and chic vibe. We received our entry codes the day of our check-in, and I found the property both quiet and an ideal location.

There is another  Hocus Pocus reference here, but The Coach House Inn is up the street from Max Dennison’s house. The family home has resident-only parking nearby, so it’s notable that you can leave your car at the Airbnb-style lodging and walk.

The Salem Inn

With the same kind of contactless entry as The Coach House Inn, the Salem Inn is different in its vibe because its decor is more authentic to the building’s period. Offering a complimentary breakfast menu each morning and an ideal location on Summer Street, the B&B provides complimentary parking if you need help finding an on-street spot.

The property’s giant birdcage with adorable teeny finches in the lobby was endearing. Additionally, if your guest room is on one of the higher floors, there’s a working dumbwaiter for your luggage, so you don’t have to lug it up the steps.

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