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Massachusetts

United States of America
The Freedom Trail showing signage and heritage architecture

Embrace the tranquility of colonial cities, coastal towns and colorful landscapes in this old-world state rich with historic sites and natural beauty. 

Massachusetts is commonly associated with the colonial and revolutionary history of the United States of America. The state’s historical attractions are among the best in New England, but Massachusetts is more than just a heritage site. Discover stunning islands and a beautiful coastline, as well as charming inland towns hidden in multicolored forests and hills.

The history of Massachusetts is inextricably linked with the arrival of European settlers to the New World and the ensuing colonial era. Visit the Pilgrims’ landing point in Plymouth, where colonists gained help from Native American people to survive the winters of the early 1600s. The infamous town of Salem was the site of witch trials in the late 17th century.

Learn about America’s revolutionary history in Boston, the state capital. Follow the Freedom Trail through the city to visit key points from the start of the Revolutionary War. The trail includes stops at Paul Revere House, the Massachusetts State House and the Site of the Boston Massacre.

While in Boston, explore Harvard University’s campus and meet creatures of the deep in the New England Aquarium. To truly embrace Boston’s spirit, watch the Red Sox play baseball at Fenway Park and feast on freshly caught seafood.

Discover why Massachusetts’ nickname is the “Bay State” on a trip to the coast. Discover the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Wander down pleasant Victorian streets, relax on the beach and visit Nantucket’s informative Whaling Museum.

Travel inland to western Massachusetts and The Berkshires region. Bring kids to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden and the Springfield Science Museum in Springfield. Head to the western mountains for hiking and skiing at destinations such as Jiminy Peak and Ski Butternut.

Board a flight to Boston Logan International Airport and use the city as your base for exploring the rest of the state. Every season has its own reason for visiting Massachusetts, but fall comes with spectacular foliage and a romantic atmosphere in historic town centers.

Popular cities in Massachusetts

Boston Common featuring a monument, a city and a statue or sculpture
Boston
Known for Sports, Tours and Universities
One of the nation’s most historically interesting cities has numerous museums, exciting sports, great seafood and plenty of free activities.

Reasons to visit

  • Copley Square
  • Boston Children's Museum
  • Fenway Park
Nantucket which includes cbd, boating and a small town or village
Nantucket
Known for Walking, Islands and Biking
Unspoiled beaches, picturesque lighthouses, and expensive restaurants and hotels make this Massachusetts island the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Reasons to visit

  • Jetties Beach
  • Madaket Beach
  • Cisco Beach
Plymouth featuring shopping
Plymouth
Known for Dining, Ports and Museums
Originally settled in 1620, the birthplace of Thanksgiving remains a great place to connect with the origins of American history. 

Reasons to visit

  • Plymouth Rock
  • Plymouth Harbor
  • Plimoth Plantation
Falmouth featuring a house and boating
Falmouth
Known for Ferries, Shopping and Wineries
Find stunning views and charming villages everywhere you turn in this Cape Cod town with Buzzards Bay to the east and Vineyard Sound to the west.

Reasons to visit

  • Surf Drive Beach
  • Nobska Lighthouse
Springfield featuring night scenes, a high rise building and skyline
Springfield
Known for Shopping, Universities and Sports
At the heart of this industrious American city are museums, activities and delicious New England and international cuisine.

Reasons to visit

  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Worcester showing night scenes, a fountain and modern architecture
Worcester
Known for Dining, Shopping and Universities
This city, one of the largest in the New England region, has a family-friendly vibe with plenty of parks, museums and galleries.

Reasons to visit

  • Union Station