Massachusetts

United States of America
The Freedom Trail which includes heritage architecture and signage

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

Every U.S. schoolchild learns of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620, establishing an early European settlement in the New World. This and other attractions make Massachusetts a fascinating historic state. Add the area’s exciting metropolitan centers and beautiful natural seashore and you’ll find plenty to do.

Visit Boston, the state’s capital and largest city, for both history and excitement. Follow the Freedom Trail along cobblestone streets to see over 50 landmark sites memorializing Revolutionary War events. Stroll through two-and-a-half-century-old Faneuil Hall near Boston Inner Harbor for boutique shopping, street performances and numerous cafés and fine restaurants. Sample Boston’s famous seafood.

Travel to Cambridge along the Charles River to Harvard’s campus, with its ivy-covered nearly 400-year-old buildings, and nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology, better known as MIT, with its resident geniuses. Walk or bike along the Minuteman Trail, retracing Paul Revere’s path as he raced on horseback shouting, “The British are coming!” as the Revolutionary War began.

Drive to Salem, north of Boston, to learn about its notorious history during the 1692-1693 Salem witch trials, which generally ended with burning at the stake. The modern city treats its witches more civilly; feel free to be a bit wild.

Cape Cod’s arm extends into the Atlantic Ocean, providing many miles of rugged shoreline on the east and protected inner harbors on the west. Enjoy summer on the Cape; swim, boat, shop, visit art galleries and attend performing art productions. Walk along peaceful dunes at the Cape Cod National Seashore and be hypnotized by waves and clouds.

For a relaxing several days in Massachusetts, make an overnight island trip. Whale-watch or enjoy the smell of sea spray on the ferry ride. Rent bikes to explore quiet streets and swim in the ocean waters. Nantucket provides a peaceful getaway with shopping and galleries. Look for celebrities on Martha’s Vineyard, a frequent presidential vacation spot, or find your own private places to de-stress along the quaint streets of the old-fashioned towns.

Popular cities in Massachusetts

Boston Common which includes a monument, a statue or sculpture and a park
Boston
Known for Historical, Sports and Tours
Boston shines as Massachusetts’ revolutionary capital, from Harvard to the Freedom Trail. 

Reasons to visit

  • Copley Square
  • Boston Children's Museum
  • Fenway Park
Plymouth featuring shopping
Plymouth
Known for Sea, Historical and Ports
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
Nantucket which includes a marina, a house and boating
Nantucket
Known for Beach view, Islands and Excursions
Unspoiled beaches, picturesque lighthouses, and expensive restaurants and hotels make this Massachusetts island the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Reasons to visit

  • Madaket Beach
Worcester which includes modern architecture, a fountain and night scenes
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