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Boston, the state capital, is rich in history, culture, entertainment, and sophisticated cuisine. From award-winning destination restaurants to intimate neighborhood bistros, there are a wealth of dining choices. The Freedom Trail winds through the city’s sites that played a key role in the American Revolution; the African American Heritage Trail explores Boston’s 19th-century African American community. Riding the Swan Boats in the Public Garden is a unique Boston experience. The city’s major art institutions – the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Institute of Contemporary Art – offer illuminating and provocative exhibitions; marquees light up the Theater District. Newbury Street is always bustling with its galleries, sidewalk cafes, boutiques and brand-name shops. Funky, multicultural Cambridge is just across the Charles River, home to MIT, Harvard University, and Harvard Square’s restaurants, shops, and bookstores.

North of Boston, the Lowell National Historical Park showcases the city’s heritage as a center of the textile industry. The coastal communities – Newburyport, Rockport, Gloucester and Marblehead – all have rich maritime traditions. Waterfront restaurants offer fresh lobster rolls, fried clams and fishing boats’ catch-of-the-day. Salem is the site of the infamous 17th-century witch trials; the Peabody Essex Museum has extraordinary collections of art and culture.

South of Boston, Plimoth Plantation is one of Massachusetts’ four living history museums. It brings to life the arrival of the pilgrims and the Native American experience. New Bedford has a rich history as the world’s foremost whaling center and inspired Herman Melville to write Moby-Dick. Westport Rivers Vineyard is a top stop on the region’s wine and cheese trail.

Beach and island lovers head to Cape Cod and the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. The Cape Cod National Seashore offers miles of bike paths, swimming and surfing. At the tip of the Cape is Provincetown, a creative, eclectic community. The Provincetown Art Association and Museum reflects the town’s roots as an art colony. Ferries to the islands leave from several Cape ports. Nantucket is a small island with highly distinctive architecture, a rich whaling history and magnificent beaches. Rich in Native American history, Martha’s Vineyard clay cliffs, distinctive lighthouses and charming small towns provide visitors with lots to explore on foot and by bicycle.

In central Massachusetts, Old Sturbridge Village is a living, breathing village depicting life in New England in the early 19th century. Special programs, activities and authentic village celebrations provide a rich visitor experience. In western Massachusetts, adventure seekers go on thrilling white-water rafting trips and soar through the treetops on zip lines. Culture lovers flock to the region for the concert season at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; international dance performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance; and cutting-edge, large-scale art at MASS MoCA in North Adams. In Massachusetts, it truly is all here.

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In 1891, basketball was invented by John Naismith in Springfield. Today, visit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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In 1891, basketball was invented by John Naismith in Springfield. Today, visit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Must see places

Freedom Trail

Take a 4-kilometer route through Boston streets to see 16 sites related to the American Revolution, among them the Paul Revere House, USS Constitution historic warship, burying grounds, Old State House and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

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Museum of Fine Arts

Join more than 1 million people a year who visit this Boston museum that was founded in 1870, to see 450,000 items from all periods and cultures. Newer wings are dedicated to American and contemporary art.

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Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Go on an ocean safari and see whales, dolphins, seabirds and other marine wildlife in this internationally recognized 2,180-square-kilometer sanctuary. Start at visitors’ centers in Gloucester, Boston, Woods Hole, Brewster or Provincetown.

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Norman Rockwell Museum

Best known for his poignant, humorous and quintessentially American scenes, the illustrator created more than 4,000 pieces. This Stockbridge museum has the largest collection of his work, including depictions of serious issues later in his life.

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

This Boston museum in a 4-hectare park overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is dedicated to the life, leadership and legacy of the Massachusetts native who was the 35th president of the United States, serving from 1961 to 1963.

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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Basketball fans should head to Springfield, where John Naismith invented the game in 1891. In the 3,700-square-meter museum, view memorabilia, pay to tribute to the game’s best players and take time to shoot a basket or two.

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Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation

This living history site chronicles how the Pilgrims settled in Plymouth. Aboard the Mayflower II tall ship, costumed guides talk about the 1620 journey. See a Wampanoag Indian home site, English village and grist mill.

 

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Old Sturbridge Village

This central Massachusetts living history museum shows what life was like in an 1830s rural settlement. Expect to see a costumed staff, antiques, water-powered mills and farm animals, as well as pottery, weaving and blacksmithing demonstrations. 

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Harvard University

Harvard University

Venture onto the campus of the first U.S. college, established in 1636. Sign up for a student-led tour of Harvard Yard at the Smith Campus Center, then visit art, science and natural history museums.

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Minute Man National Historical Park

Explore battlefields and historic buildings and travel back to April 19, 1775. Go to the North Bridge over the Concord River to see where the first Revolutionary War battle between colonists and the British took place.

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Hot Air Balloon flying over Asheville, North California
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Coastal lighthouse sunset on Martha's Vineyard
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Destination

Cape Cod