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When planning a trip the first place people usually go is to Google...right? Well, If you are heading to Massachusetts you've come to the right place. Whether you're heading to Boston on business, or down the Cape for a family reunion this article has you covered.
Massachusetts is a wonderful state filled with historic sites, beaches, lakes, and mountains, which makes it a perfect place to visit anytime of year. Okay, it can get a little cold in the winter, but if you're here for skiing then it doesn't matter.
Continue on for your ultimate list of Massachusetts "must see" attractions, as well as some hidden gems, all broken down into sections with links to make planning your stay a bit easier.
General Massachusetts Vacation Planning
The below three sites have everything you need to plan your trip to Boston or anywhere in New England. Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut are all one to two hours from Boston making it the perfect place to vacation. The Berkshires and Vermont are a little further, but well worth the drive.
Boston is the capital of Massachusetts, founded in 1630. It is famous for its part in the American Revolution, It's amazing seafood, and some very impressive pro sports teams.
For the Historian
The Freedom Trail is a self guided (or tour guided) walking tour through Boston with sixteen historic stops such as The Old North Church, The USS Constitution, and The Boston Commons. Follow this 2.5 mile painted line through the streets of Boston and journey back to historic times. You may even see someone dressed in eighteenth century attire along the way. While it is free to walk the Freedom Trail on your own a few locations along the route charge an entry fee and some others ask for a donations.
For other tours through Boston click here. The Boston Duck Tours are especially popular.
For more of Massachusetts history take a look at these sites:
Concord Boston Tea Party Ship
Lexington JFK Library and Museum Salem Plimoth Plantation
Quincy Old Sturbridge Village
Even more museums here!
For the Shopper
Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Harvard Square are two excellent shopping areas. They both offer a wide variety of shops, restaurants, street performers, and more! Just a short walk from Faneuil Hall is Downtown Crossing with even more shops and restaurants.
For more of an upscale scale shopping excursion head to Newbury Street or Charles Street both located in Boston.
Not tired of shopping? There are several Simon Malls located throughout the state, and Outlets too!
** (Side note - Faneuil Hall is also known as Quincy Market, but it's in Boston not Quincy)
*** (Quincy is pronounced, "Quin-Z ", by the locals)
Bostonians and their accents! LOL.... I can say that because I am one.
Ask a local to say, "Park the car in Harvard Yard" or " My sister's over there".
For the Kids
Besides the New England Aquarium, the Boston Children's Museum, and all the fun things to do at The Boston Commons, There is also this awesome site I have found with many great ideas to keep the kids happy. See all the fun here.
Cape Cod and the Islands
Cape Cod is a flex arm shaped peninsula on the eastern shores of the state and is a popular summertime getaway for many. Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard are two quint islands just off the peninsula. Also popular vacation destinations.
Cape Cod and the Islands are best visited in the summer, but still a nice escape anytime of year.
There is so much to keep you busy and plenty of beaches to just relax. Below are helpful links to get your planning under way.
The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts are another beautiful place to escape anytime of year, but even more gorgeous in Autumn.
Ski and Snow
So you're braving the winter months in Massachusetts, huh? Well you don't have to go far for some action on the mountain.
Fun and Sun
Beaches and Parks
For a great article I found on the 100 best beaches in Mass, click here.
My favorites to explore... Salisbury Beach in Salisbury, Crane's Beach in Ipswich, Nantasket Beach in Hull, and Old Silver Beach in Falmouth.
For the lake goers Houghton's Pond in Milton, and Hopkinton State Park in Hopkinton.
Just a few more sites that you may find useful...
Gloucester (pronounced Glaw-stir)
Castle Island - South Boston
Larz Anderson Park - Brookline
Logan Int. Airport
Subway and Buses
Deals and Discounts
Boston GO card
Planning a vacation anywhere can be both exciting and stressful. My hopes are that in compiling this list I have created more excitement and less stress for your Massachusetts vacation. I look forward to hearing about your trip. If you have any questions please feel free to send me an email or comment below.
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Have a wonderful time in Massachusetts!