The history is legendary – Plymouth, where the Pilgrims landed; Boston, where the first shots of the American Revolution rang out; and Nantucket, whose whaling ships swarmed the oceans. But there’s a lot more than landmark sights in this old state. Fast forward to the present: Boston and neighboring Cambridge have blossomed into spirited college towns, Provincetown’s a gay-extravaganza whirl, and those whales – a major attraction in their own right – are now followed by affectionate sightseers on whale-watching cruises. By all means start in Boston, the state’s busy hub, where you can mix colonial sights and museum strolls with sizzling nightlife and pub crawls. Then move further afield, to the woodsy Berkshires and the dunes and beaches of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.
Boston's reawakening: what's new in the 'Athens of America'
If you haven’t been to Boston recently, you’re in for a surprise. Or maybe not, as today’s trends are a re-ignition of ideas and identities that have long been integral to this historic city. Take the rediscovery of Boston’s waterfront: this city was built on maritime trade, so its connection to the sea has always been vital...
Massachusetts destination guides
The Cradle of Liberty. The Hub of the Universe. The Athens of America. These are big words for a mid-sized city. But Boston lives up to them. With its rich history, grand architecture and world-renowned academic and cultural institutions, the city retains and radiates the glory it has garnered over the last four centuries.
Camping on Cape Cod
Summer on ever-popular Cape Cod, Massachusetts conjures up images of traffic-clogged streets and jam-packed beaches. “That's the problem with peninsulas”, lamented Dennis Moran, who drove 320km from Russell, Massachusetts for a week of seaside living. “There's only one way in and one way out...
Boston Freedom Trail Day Trip from New York
Take a day trip from New York to explore Boston, a city of culture and old world charm. You'll follow the famous red-brick Freedom Trail through downtown Boston, passing 16 sights including Paul Revere's House and Boston Common. Departing New York, you'll take a picturesque drive along the eastern coast through Connecticut to Massachusetts and its capital, Boston.
2-Day Best of New England Tour from New York: Newport Mansions, Cape Cod and Boston
Take advantage of New England's proximity to New York City with this two-day historical tour through Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts! From New York City, you’ll head northeast, past Yale University, the mansions of Newport and the dunes of Cape Cod on your way to Boston, which you’ll explore on Day 2.