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.
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.
Cape Cod, Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard
When summer comes around, New England's top seashore destination gets packed to the gills. Cars stream over the two bridges that connect Cape Cod to the mainland, ferries shuttle visitors to and from the islands and coconut-oiled bodies plop down on towels all along the shore. This trio of destinations offers a beach for every mood.