Salem is a coastal city 25 miles north of Boston Massachusetts. It's famous for its 1692 witch trials. Tourism is the backbone of Salem's economy. This pedestrian-friendly city is home to the House of the Seven Gables, Salem State University, the Salem Willows Park, Forrest River Park, Federal Street District, Charter Street Historic District, and the Peabody Essex Museum which has a massive collection of global art and artifacts. Salem is a residential and tourist area which includes the neighborhoods of Salem Neck, Downtown Salem District, The Point, South Salem and North Salem, Witchcraft Heights, Pickering Wharf, and the Mcintyre Historic District. If you are looking for History, Culture, and Centurys Old Character, Salem is the city of you. Route 1A passes through the eastern side of the city and there is no highway access within the city; the nearest highway access to Route 128 is along Route 114 in neighboring Peabody. The commuter train rail runs through Salem & the Salem Ferry offers seven-day service service to Boston. Public elementary schools include the Bates, Carlton, Horace Mann, Nathaniel Bowditch, Saltonstall and Witchcraft Heights schools. Collins Middle School is located on Highland Avenue. Nathaniel Bowditch School K-8, and Salem High are located on Wilson Street. Salem Academy Charter School and Bentley Academy Charter School are also public schools. Private schools are also located in the city, including two independent, alternative schools, The Phoenix School and the Greenhouse School.