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Welcome to Massachusetts

Massachusetts bursts with scenery and history in equal measure. Come and hear roaring waves crash on a coastline dotted with wind-swept beaches and watched by centuries-old lighthouses. Witness majestic whales breach out of the Atlantic and retrace the pilgrims’ first steps. Walk historic streets in bustling cities. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be swept away by the Bay State’s undeniable New England charm.

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State Bird: Chickadee. Getty Images

Cape Cod Wonders

Stretching into the Atlantic Ocean like a flexing bicep, Cape Cod has cemented its place as an iconic vacation destination. The Cape Cod National Seashore lies along the Atlantic-facing forearm; in the summer, sunbathe on six public beaches, take a guided canoe trip in Salt Pond Bay or cycle along the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Fishing, shelling and exploring the lavish 1868 Captain Edward Penniman House are popular pastimes when it gets colder. Take a ferry to two famous Atlantic islands: Martha’s Vineyard, home to historic, blinking lighthouses, and Nantucket, renowned for architectural treasures.

Pilgrim’s Progress

Just 40 miles south of Boston lies Plymouth, the first permanent European settlement in New England. Today, you’ll find the Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum complete with costumed interpreters and a recreated 17th-century village.

Traverse 450,000 Acres of Forests and Parks

Hikers who are up for a challenge can conquer 90 miles of the Appalachian Trail and summit the highest peak in Massachusetts along the way in the state’s northwestern corner. Carpeted in red oaks, Mount Washington State Forest offers over 30 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Follow the South Taconic Trail to experience a jaw-dropping view from the top of Alander Mountain. Leisurely forest walks can be enjoyed at Weir Hill Reservation, Royalston Falls and the Swift River Reservation.

Trace the Nation’s Roots

History, culture, entertainment – it’s all here and more in Boston on the state’s Atlantic coast. Kick off your visit with a stroll on the Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile path leads you to 16 sites that played key roles in the American Revolution. Afterward, view masterpieces at the Museum of Fine Arts or cheer on baseball’s Red Sox, basketball’s Celtics, hockey’s Bruins or football’s Patriots at a home game in nearby Foxborough. A favorite pastime is a sailing trip in Boston Harbor.

City skyline on the water with boats

Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism