Come for the clam chowder, stay for the New England charm. Massachusetts offers the full spectrum - from big-city wonders to intimate coastal retreats, Vacationers can head to Boston for their fill of U.S. heritage, while beach lovers flock to Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. On the island of Nantucket, you can join the summer colony crowds in the celebration of its maritime golden years.
Tourists can experience the cities’ role in American independence, catch a game at Fenway, and taste some authentic chowder.
The Freedom Trail allows history lovers to experience the Boston Commons and the Paul Revere House, as well as 14 other significant historical sites.
If you're visiting between March and September, grab some tickets for a baseball game at the iconic Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball or take a guided, one-hour walking tour. Afterward you can head down to Quincy Market for some 10th inning clam chowder.
If you’re looking for a green oasis, the Audubon Society offers more than 34,000 acres of conservation land where families can relax.
Cape Cod is one of New England's most iconic beach destinations, it offers 40 miles of National Seashore and is at the center of the coast's maritime past.
Head to Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, Nauset Beach in Eastham, or the Herring Cove beaches in Provincetown, and become a part of the laid-back lifestyle of the cape.
This 22-mile paved trail attracts bikers, rollerbladers and horseback riders. Its smooth surfaces travel through the towns of Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet. It also offers numerous opportunities to branch off and cool down at a nearby beach.
History buffs will love the Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis Port, where they can learn what life was like for the early Europeans who landed here in the 1600s.
This small island off the southern coast of Massachusetts, is a popular destination among U.S. presidents such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Hop on the The Steamship Authority ferry to reach Joseph Sylvia State Beach, situated between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. Oak Bluffs offers youngsters the unique opportunity to take a ride on Americas oldest working carousel, the Flying Horses. Constructed in 1876, the platform carousel has even been designated a national landmark.
Originally named "the gaily-colored head of the island," thanks to the multi-colored cliffs along the coast. Located on the westernmost part of the island, these cliffs are a national landmark.
Roughly 38 miles east of Martha's Vineyard lies the island of Nantucket. Sweeping beaches, charming cobblestone streets and several picturesque lighthouses make this a summer colony.
Unwind at the Brant Point Lighthouse, the second-oldest lighthouse in the U.S. The structure is perched at the mouth of the harbor and the views are worth the short walk to get here.
In the 18th century, Nantucket was dubbed the whaling capital of the world, a heritage that's reflected in the Whaling Museum. The facility showcases fishing artifacts, marine exhibits, and a 46-foot-long skeleton of a sperm whale.
For some tasty eats, find your way to the brunch favorite Black-eyed Susan's. At night, try the romantic seafood restaurant diner, Le Languedoc Inn & Bistro.