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State Parks

The 14 best state parks in Massachusetts you really shouldn't miss

8 min readPublished May 17, 2022

From hiking and camping to birdwatching and boat tours, here's our guide to the best state parks in Massachusetts.

Portrait of female hiker standing on sandy trail and looking away, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Festivals & Events

The best time to visit Massachusetts for a dose of New England magic

7 min readPublished May 14, 2022

Massachusetts is a year-round destination that's worth a visit in any season. Here are the best times to come for fall colors, beaches, festivals and fun.

Disabled man reading with his partner by the water in Boston

18 picture-perfect Massachusetts lighthouses

12 min readPublished Jan 27, 2022

A state with intimate ties to the sea, Massachusetts has dozens of scenic and historic lighthouses worth visiting.

Brant Lighthouse on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts' top free things to do are wicked fun

8 min readPublished Nov 2, 2021

Massachusetts has countless free places to visit and things to do, including museums, historic sites, lighthouses and scenic natural areas.

Grab the gals and enjoy all the free things Massachusetts has to offer © Denis Tangney Jr / Getty Images
Family holidays

From coastal drives to historic trails, these are Massachusetts' best road trips

3 min readPublished Nov 1, 2021

A Massachusetts road trip shows off four centuries of dramatic history, rich displays of creativity and thrilling opportunities for outdoor adventure.

Massachusetts Welcome sign on the state line, on the side of the interstate, framed by colorful fall foliage typical of New England in autumn