Massachusetts is steeped in history, from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, while it also prides itself on innovation, with some of the top colleges in the country. Because it’s a relatively small state, visitors can experience both the Berkshire mountains and the pristine beaches of Cape Cod all in the same day, taking time to feast on lobster and fried clams or at some of the top restaurants in the country.
Don't leave without tasting...
Fried clams at Woodman’s in Essex. Tender Ipswich Bay clams will melt in your mouth. Throw in fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce and you’ve got the quintessential Massachusetts summer meal.
Where residents go to relax
The North Shore has beautiful beaches, plenty of arts and culture, and unique shopping.
Put these events on your calendar
- St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston (March)
- Boston Marathon (April)
- Boston Harborfest (July)
- Haunted Happenings in Salem (October).
Top photo opportunities
- Along the Mohawk Trail
- Downtown Nantucket
- Aquinnah Cliffs on Martha’s Vineyard
- Purgatory Chasm in Sutton
- Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue in spring.
MASS MoCA in North Adams showcases the best of international contemporary art.
Classic road trip
The most classic drive in Massachusetts is the trip to Cape Cod in the summer months to enjoy the beaches, dunes and surf.
Don't overlook this...
- World’s End in Hingham is a wonderful park that many people do not know about. Rolling hills and rocky shorelines offer sweeping views of the Boston skyline, while tree-lined carriage paths designed by Frederick Law Olmsted make delightful walking trails
- Vaillancourt Folk Art, in Sutton, has made highly detailed, hand-painted figurines, and other collectibles since 1984.
- Boston Gondolas, on the Charles River Esplanade
- Top of the Hub Restaurant & Lounge in Boston
- Sunset at Aquinnah Cliffs, Martha’s Vineyard
- The estate and gardens at The Mount, Lenox
- John Carver Inn & Spa, Plymouth
- A sunset stroll along the Boston Harborwalk
- A sleigh ride at Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield.
History happened here
Walk Boston’s 2.5-mile Freedom Trail (self-guided or with a guide) to learn about the events that led up to the historic break from Britain. It leads to 16 nationally significant historic sites.
Just want to indulge?
- Boston’s Original Chocolate Tour
- Canyon Ranch spa, in Lenox
- Wrentham Village Premium Outlets.