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Destination guide

Explore Massachusetts from vacation home rentals

The Bay State, so named for its bays which characterize the coastline, played an important role in the American Revolution and there are plenty of historical sites that still survive to this day. Its varied topography, which range from wetlands to coastlines, provide homes for a wealth of wild animals. Are you bringing the family on a summer break? If you score a Massachusetts vacation rental along the coast, they'll love the long sunny days on the beach, best spent gorging on ice cream, building castles in the sand and splashing around in the calm shallows.

History

Heritage sites near Massachusetts vacation homes

Massachusetts boasts rich historic sites that date back to the Revolutionary War. Vacation homes are available near fascinating locations like Freedom Trail, a route with historic meetinghouses, churches, museums, and burial grounds, and the Paul Revere House, the colonial-era home of the legendary war hero. You'll also like the Bunker Hill Monument, a granite obelisk marking the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Massachusetts vacation rentals

With more than 170 museums ranging from art to history and at least 50 theaters showing productions year-round, you're not likely to get bored when you stay at a Massachusetts vacation rental. If you're a history buff, particularly those with an interest in the American Revolution, you could book up a Massachusetts vacation rental to visit some of the major monuments and sites of interest. Alternatively, you can drop in to the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park to find reminders of the days when whaling was one of the largest industries here.

Activities

Activities near Massachusetts vacation homes

When it comes to outdoor activities, Massachusetts has got you covered. When you stay at a Massachusetts vacation rental, you'll have some of the best opportunities for whale watching in the country. Alternatively, you can find a peaceful spot on the banks of the river or shore to cast in your line and try to reel in a big one. The state has some fabulous cycling routes, like the 135-mile Claire Saltonstall Bikeway from Boston to Cape Cod. Visiting in winter? No problem. Rent some skies or snowboards to cruise along the outstanding runs.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Massachusetts vacation homes

The high season in Massachusetts, particularly along the coast, is the summer season between June and August, when families flock to the seaside. If you nab a Massachusetts vacation rental during this time you can expect bright and sunny days and most of the state's festivities and events. If you're looking to save a few bucks, consider visiting in the shoulder seasons. Spring can be pleasantly warm, often hot enough to stretch out on the beach. During fall, the state bursts into color with the changing of the leaves and winter sees a blanket of snow most years, but there's plenty of outdoor fun to be had still.

Natural features

Wildly different wildlife in Massachusetts

Massachusetts spans from the highlands in the west, through central wetlands and marshes ending on the rocky eastern seaboard. These 3 ecosystems provide habitats for some fascinating wildlife. While you're walking, look out for Blanding's turtles hiding out in the shallow waters, majestic great blue herons wading in search of fish, or busy beavers damming the streams in the woodland. If you're kicking back by the sea and you like to spot wildlife, you've come to the right place. Here, you'll likely spot a wealth of coastal sea birds, as well as red-beaked American oystercatchers and piping plovers.

Food and drink

Sample regional cuisine in Massachusetts

Massachusetts reflects the culinary heritage of New England, which traces it roots back to English cuisine. It’s characterized by seafood and dairy products that come from the seaport and fishing industry on the coast and dairy farming in the inland areas. Maple syrup and cranberries are 2 common dishes in the area, though Massachusetts is also known for clams, haddock, and the famous baked beans, all of which are available in local recipes in restaurants near your vacation rental.

Can I find a vacation rental around Massachusetts?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 8,413 vacation rentals near Massachusetts. From 894 Cabins to 5,652 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Massachusetts for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Massachusetts?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Massachusetts. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cape Cod: 5,528 vacation rentals
  • Boston: 590 vacation rentals
  • Martha's Vineyard: 777 vacation rentals
  • Nantucket: 725 vacation rentals
  • Provincetown: 865 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Massachusetts! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Massachusetts?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Massachusetts:

  • Boston: 590 rentals
  • Nantucket: 725 rentals
  • Provincetown: 865 rentals
  • Chatham: 2,322 rentals
  • Falmouth: 1,124 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Massachusetts?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Massachusetts are:

  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS): 695 vacation rentals
  • Pittsfield, MA (PSF-Pittsfield Municipal): 489 vacation rentals
  • Worcester Regional Airport (ORH): 34 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Massachusetts?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Massachusetts. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Boston Common: 666 rentals
  • Cape Cod National Seashore: 2,859 rentals
  • Fenway Park: 342 rentals
  • Wingaersheek Beach: 195 rentals
  • Boston-Back Bay Station: 657 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Massachusetts listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Massachusetts

Boston
590 vacation rentals
Nantucket
725 vacation rentals
Provincetown
865 vacation rentals
Chatham
2,322 vacation rentals
Falmouth
1,124 vacation rentals
Wellfleet
1,968 vacation rentals
Plymouth
495 vacation rentals
Gloucester
283 vacation rentals
Truro
1,350 vacation rentals
Eastham
2,096 vacation rentals
Oak Bluffs
1,183 vacation rentals
Edgartown
897 vacation rentals
Rockport
217 vacation rentals
Brewster
2,980 vacation rentals
Salem
213 vacation rentals
Dennis
678 vacation rentals
Orleans
2,387 vacation rentals
Cambridge
531 vacation rentals
Newburyport
382 vacation rentals
Sandwich
2,177 vacation rentals