While it is renowned for its rich history and heritage, modern-day Massachusetts is a delightfully diverse and dynamic place that has something for everyone to enjoy. Besides all its amazing landmarks relating to both the early Pilgrims and American Revolution, it is home to hugely popular and picturesque vacation spots, such as Cape Cod, the Berkshires and Martha’s Vineyard.
Located in the northeast of the US in New England, the Bay State is surrounded by Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Vermont and New Hampshire with the Atlantic Ocean lying along its east side. Despite its smallish size, its geography and topography are very diverse with the scenic hills, valleys and mounts of the west slowly giving way to the large coastal plain, beaches and isles of the east.
As it was one of the original Thirteen Colonies, and was the birthplace of the American Revolution, the state is literally littered with interesting monuments, memorials and museums. At the excellent Minute Man National Historical Park, for instance, visitors can learn about the events and people that shaped the nation with Plimoth Plantation, Salem and Old Sturbridge Village all shining a light on important parts of its past.
Besides checking out its old battlefields and atmospheric whaling towns, Boston is not to be missed for its glut of cultural landmarks, historic buildings and brilliant sports, music and nightlife scenes. After having explored the state’s capital and largest city, nearby Cambridge is also a must-visit as it is home to the large campuses of both Harvard and MIT – two of the best universities in the world.
If you are instead looking to relax and unwind, then Cape Cod is the place to go due to its beautiful beaches, attractive artists’ colonies and awesome outdoor activities. Both Martha’s Vineyard and the Berkshires are also very popular spots to head, particularly amongst the rich and famous.