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Plymouth, MA, USA

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Make your pilgrimage to Plymouth

Visitors to Plymouth will find 'firsts' are thick on the ground in this historic Massachusetts port. No surprise really—this is where a ship landed and a nation was born. You'll find the first Pilgrims, the first Thanksgiving, the first parish church, and the first founding of the first U.S. state. OK, Jamestown might claim to be the first settlement, but who has Plymouth Rock? Not Jamestown! There's more than just monuments in America's Hometown: think pirate cruises, whale watching, and cranberries. Whichever Plymouth vacation rentals catch your eye, your first booking sure won't be your last.

Digging deeper into hidden Plymouth

Historic sight-seeing definitely tops the list of things to do in Plymouth. But remember, there is much to do in this port and see. Board a whale watcher and feel the crash of spray as a humpback drenches another boatload of visitors. Pick up a six-iron and tee-up on a golf-course meandering through wild cranberry bogs. Or turn up and tune in to an evening of folk music, tapping your foot to songs that the Pilgrim Fathers probably hummed as they set about building their settlement, and a nation.

Plymouth—where history lies deep

Visiting Plymouth Rock is undoubtedly a rite of passage. A pilgrimage, if you like. Once visitors have checked in to their Plymouth vacation rentals, most walk the path down to the harbor. First up is viewing the granite rock polished by the feet of 102 founding fathers. There's more history to pack in, of course. The Mayflower II is beautiful, but seemingly too small to found a nation. The Plimoth Plantation will have the kids delighted—and convinced they've stepped through a time warp into the 17th century. And don't miss out on the miles of golden sand along Plymouth Beach.

Plymouth shines in summer

Let's face it, those sitting in their Plymouth vacation rentals are pretty likely to be on the coast, facing the Atlantic Ocean. There's going to be a smattering of rain at times, but Plymouth's summers are mostly dry and sunny—ready-made for sightseeing or boat excursions out across the bay. If you want to avoid the crowds, though, avoid public holidays and the summer vacation weekends. Perhaps the sweetest slot to enjoy Plymouth is in late spring, when the air is mild and the crowds are yet to flock in.

Sheltering a nation behind Plymouth Bay

Take a look at a map of Plymouth, and you can see why it was chosen by the Pilgrim Fathers for their first settlement. Nestled behind long spits of sand, Plymouth Bay is well sheltered from the worst the Atlantic throws its way. It's not just a shelter for boats, either. These calm turquoise waters are a favored haunt of harbor seals. Head inland and the understated beauty of the Myles Standish State Forest takes over. Squint your eyes and its stippled lakes and stands of bear oak hint at how the land might have looked before that first footfall.