Places to surf along Route 128 include the southern beaches of Nantasket Beach near Hull, Massachusetts and the northern beaches, notably Nahant Beach, that line the stretch between Peabody and Gloucester, Massachusetts. The entire route is within a 30-minute drive of the ocean and beaches that provide good surfing.
Route 128 begins and runs concurrently with Interstate 95 at Canton, Massachusetts and proceeds in a westerly direction around Boston to its terminus in Gloucester. At Peabody, Interstate 95 makes a sharp turn to the north and Route 28 proceeds easterly toward its northern terminus in Gloucester. The stretch between Peabody and Gloucester are the closest to the ocean and surfing areas; however Route 128 once originated in Hull, and the peninsula south of Boston known as Nantasket Beach, a popular surfing area. This area is within 25 miles of the route's current starting point at Canton.