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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Cambridge, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Cambridge and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Cambridge:
    • 42.373847, -71.118889
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Cambridge
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Cambridge ...

We found 42 communities that share the name Cambridge.

There is one other community in Massachusetts which is also named Cambridge.

Beyond Massachusetts, we know of another 41 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 41 communities, 39 are located in the United States and four are in Canada.

  • Communities Located In Massachusetts ...
    • Worcester County
      • This Cambridge is located in Worcester County and lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Worcester County community of Cambridge.
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Randolph County
      • This Cambridge is located in Randolph County and lies 995 miles [1,601.3 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Randolph County community of Cambridge.
    • Georgia
      • Columbia County
      • This Cambridge is located in Columbia County and lies 851 miles [1,369.6 km]<1> to the southwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Columbia County community of Cambridge.
    • Idaho
      • Bannock County
      • This Cambridge is located in Bannock County and lies 2,069 miles [3,329.7 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bannock County community of Cambridge.
      • Washington County
      • This Cambridge is located in Washington County and lies 2,258 miles [3,633.9 km] to the west northwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Washington County community of Cambridge.
    • Illinois
      • Henry County
      • This Cambridge is located in Henry County and lies 981 miles [1,578.8 km]<1> to the west of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Henry County community of Cambridge.
      • Lake County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Illinois community of Cambridge [Lake County].
    • Iowa
      • Henry County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Iowa community of Cambridge [Henry County].
      • Story County
      • This Cambridge is located in Story County and lies 1,144 miles [1,841.1 km]<1> to the west of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Story County community of Cambridge.
    • Kansas
      • Cowley County
      • This Cambridge is located in Cowley County and lies 1,392 miles [2,240.2 km]<1> to the west of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cowley County community of Cambridge.
      • Johnson County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Cambridge [Johnson County].
    • Kentucky
      • Jefferson County
      • This Cambridge is located in Jefferson County and lies 814 miles [1,310 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jefferson County community of Cambridge.
    • Maine
      • Somerset County
      • This Cambridge is located in Somerset County and lies 200 miles [321.9 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Somerset County community of Cambridge.
    • Maryland
      • Dorchester County
      • This Cambridge is located in Dorchester County and lies 370 miles [595.5 km]<1> to the southwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Dorchester County community of Cambridge.
    • Michigan
      • Lenawee County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Michigan community of Cambridge [Lenawee County].
    • Minnesota
      • Isanti County
      • This Cambridge is located in Isanti County and lies 1,116 miles [1,796 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Isanti County community of Cambridge.
    • Mississippi
      • Lafayette County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Mississippi community of Cambridge [Lafayette County].
    • Missouri
      • Saline County
      • This Cambridge is located in Saline County and lies 1,157 miles [1,862 km]<1> to the west of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saline County community of Cambridge.
    • Nebraska
      • Furnas County
      • This Cambridge is located in Furnas County and lies 1,505 miles [2,422.1 km]<1> to the west of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Furnas County community of Cambridge.
    • Nevada
      • Lyon County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Nevada community of Cambridge [Lyon County].
    • New Hampshire
      • Coos County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the New Hampshire community of Cambridge [Coos County].
    • New Jersey
      • Burlington County
      • This Cambridge is located in Burlington County and lies 260 miles [418.4 km]<1> to the southwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Burlington County community of Cambridge.
    • New York
      • Washington County
      • This Cambridge is located in Washington County and lies 123 miles [197.9 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Washington County community of Cambridge.
    • North Carolina
      • Cumberland County
      • This Cambridge is located in Cumberland County and lies 655 miles [1,054.1 km]<1> to the southwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cumberland County community of Cambridge.
      • Pitt County
      • This Cambridge is located in Pitt County and lies 576 miles [927 km] to the southwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pitt County community of Cambridge.
      • Rockingham County
      • This Cambridge is located in Rockingham County and lies 616 miles [991.4 km] to the southwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Rockingham County community of Cambridge.
    • Nova Scotia
      • This Cambridge lies 399 miles [642.1 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
    • Ohio
      • Guernsey County
      • This Cambridge is located in Guernsey County and lies 567 miles [912.5 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Guernsey County community of Cambridge.
      • Jackson County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Jackson County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jackson County community of Cambridge.
    • Oklahoma
      • Kiowa County
      • This Cambridge is located in Kiowa County and lies 1,586 miles [2,552.4 km]<1> to the west of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Kiowa County community of Cambridge.
    • Ontario
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Ontario community of Cambridge.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Chester County
      • This Cambridge is located in Chester County and lies 296 miles [476.4 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Chester County community of Cambridge.
      • Crawford County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Pennsylvania community of Cambridge [Crawford County].
    • Prince Edward Island
      • This Cambridge lies 495 miles [796.6 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
    • South Carolina
      • Greenwood County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the South Carolina community of Cambridge [Greenwood County].
      • Spartanburg County
      • This Cambridge is located in Spartanburg County and lies 781 miles [1,256.9 km]<1> to the southwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Spartanburg County community of Cambridge.
    • Tennessee
      • Warren County
      • This Cambridge is located in Warren County and lies 901 miles [1,450 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Warren County community of Cambridge.
    • Texas
      • Clay County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Clay County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clay County community of Cambridge.
      • Grayson County
      • This Cambridge is located in Grayson County and lies 1,504 miles [2,420.5 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Grayson County community of Cambridge.
    • Vermont
      • Lamoille County
      • This Cambridge is located in Lamoille County and lies 179 miles [288.1 km]<1> to the north northwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lamoille County community of Cambridge.
    • Virginia
      • Chesterfield County
      • This Cambridge is located in Chesterfield County and lies 478 miles [769.3 km]<1> to the southwest of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Chesterfield County community of Cambridge.
    • Wisconsin
      • Dane County
      • This Cambridge is located in Dane County and lies 907 miles [1,459.7 km]<1> to the west of the Cambridge that is located in Middlesex County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Dane County community of Cambridge.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Cambridge ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Boston
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boston
    • Boston is located in Suffolk County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 691,531 people
  • Camp Ted
    (5 miles [8 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Camp Ted have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Camp Ted
    • Camp Ted is located in Middlesex County
  • Chestnut Hill
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chestnut Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chestnut Hill
    • Chestnut Hill is located in Middlesex County
  • Downtown Crossing
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Downtown Crossing have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Downtown Crossing
    • Downtown Crossing is located in Suffolk County
  • Everett
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Everett
    • Everett is located in Middlesex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 46,107 people
  • Fells
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fells have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fells
    • Fells is located in Middlesex County
  • Fields Corner
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fields Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fields Corner
    • Fields Corner is located in Suffolk County
  • Fort Independence
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fort Independence have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Independence
    • Fort Independence is located in Suffolk County
  • Grove Hall
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grove Hall have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grove Hall
    • Grove Hall is located in Suffolk County
  • Longwood Station
    (2 miles [3.2 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Longwood Station have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Longwood Station
    • Longwood Station is located in Norfolk County
  • Maplewood
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maplewood have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maplewood
    • Maplewood is located in Middlesex County
  • Meeting House Hill
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meeting House Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meeting House Hill
    • Meeting House Hill is located in Suffolk County
  • Continue List   (5 more) ...
    • Oak Grove
      (4 miles [6.4 km] to the northeast)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oak Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oak Grove
      • Oak Grove is located in Middlesex County
    • Reservoir
      (3 miles [4.8 km] to the southwest)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reservoir have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reservoir
      • Reservoir is located in Norfolk County
    • Strawberry Hill
      (Less than 2 miles to the west)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Strawberry Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Strawberry Hill
      • Strawberry Hill is located in Middlesex County
    • Winter Hill
      (Less than 2 miles to the northeast)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winter Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winter Hill
      • Winter Hill is located in Middlesex County
    • Wyoming
      (5 miles [8 km] to the northeast)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wyoming have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wyoming
      • Wyoming is located in Middlesex County

How Far From Cambridge to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Cambridge to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Cambridge and extending to:

  • Boston, which is the State Capital of Massachusetts, lies just to the east southeast (ESE).
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 391 miles [629.3 km]<1> to the southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Cambridge to White House, with an average speed<5>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 23 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,506 miles [8,861 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,213 miles [9,998.9 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,089 miles [6,580.6 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>

The official website for Cambridge: www.ci.cambridge.ma.us/

The official website for State of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cambridge) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cambridge. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.3738, Longitude: -71.1189    
<2>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Cambridge could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Cambridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<6>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Cambridge to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 304.009 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 299.611 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 300.59 degrees.









 

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