Welcome to Massachusetts
Massachusetts’ sweeping history and sizable influence belie its relatively small geographic footprint. From the first arrival of the Pilgrims on its eastern shores to the cobblestone streets where Revolutionary patriots gathered, the Bay State played a larger-than-life role in the founding of the United States. Its big cities still exert a strong cultural and political pull on the rest of the U.S., and its scenic and delightful towns charm visitors.
The Picturesque Bay State
Stretching into the Atlantic Ocean like a flexing arm, Cape Cod delivers quintessential New England adventure. Located on its eastern edge, Cape Cod National Seashore serves up some of the state’s most beautiful outdoor adventures on its 40-mile stretch of pristine shoreline. Watch for wildlife, peer into a tide pool or make a splash in the salty waters. The Shining Sea Bikeway on the cape takes peddlers through cranberry bogs, salt marshes and verdant woodlands before offering up endless ocean views.
On the state’s far western border, Massachusetts’ Berkshire Mountains offer picturesque views and many opportunities for outdoor recreation. This region is especially popular when New England’s famous fall foliage carpets the hillsides with autumnal colors. Whether you want to conquer the epic Appalachian National Scenic Trail or take a short jaunt through the woods, you’ll find a pathway to suit your desires.
With miles of Atlantic coastline, it’s no wonder boating and fishing are popular activities. The jetty at Scusset Beach State Reservation is a top spot for saltwater fishing in the waters of Cape Cod Bay. Just south of the mainland, the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard have enticed well-heeled vacationers for generations. To the south, New Bedford is also located on the Atlantic Coast, but has less hustle and bustle.