Must-see attractions in Massachusetts

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    Boston Common

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    America's oldest public park, Boston Common has a long and storied history, serving as a campground for British troops during the Revolutionary War and as…

  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

    Provincetown Art Association & Museum


    Founded in 1914 to celebrate the town’s thriving art community, this vibrant museum showcases the works of hundreds of artists who have found their…

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    Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum


    Climb to the top of the country's tallest all-granite structure (253ft) for a sweeping view of town, the beaches and the spine of the Lower Cape. The…

  • Boston, USA - October 10, 2015: Tourists wandering along Acorn Street in Beacon Hill on a warm autumn day. Beacon Hill is one of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods in the United States.

    Acorn Street

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    This atmospheric cobblestone alleyway is Boston's famous narrowest street. It was once home to artisans and to the service people who worked for the…

  • Heritage Museums & Gardens

    Cape Cod

    Fun for kids and adults alike, the 100-acre Heritage Museums & Gardens sports a superb vintage automobile collection in a Shaker-style round barn, an…

  • Captains' Mile

    Cape Cod

    Nearly 50 historic sea captains' homes are lined up along MA 6A (the Old King's Hwy) in Yarmouth Port, on a 1.5-mile stretch known as the Captains' Mile…

  • John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum

    Cape Cod

    Hyannis has been the summer home of the Kennedy clan for generations. Back in the day, JFK spent the warmer months here – times that are beautifully…

  • Nantucket Atheneum


    More than just the public library, this stately Greek Revival edifice is a sight in itself. The 2nd-floor Great Hall has hosted such notables as Ralph…

  • Brant Point Light


    Welcoming ferries into Nantucket Harbor, this lighthouse was established in 1746 and is still in operation. It's quite tiny (only 26ft), but impossibly…

  • First Congregational Church


    Everyone comes to this church, which traces its roots to the early 1700s, for the eagle-eye view from the top of the steeple. It's well worth the 94-step…

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    Franklin Park Zoo


    Tucked into Franklin Park, the zoo features a half-dozen different habitats, as well as special exhibits devoted to birds and butterflies. The highlight…

  • Stellwagen Bank


    Stellwagen Bank is 842 sq miles of open ocean rich in marine life. The area was declared a National Marine Sanctuary in 1992 to conserve the area's…

  • Witch Trials Memorial


    The most poignant site in Salem is the Witch Trials Memorial, a quiet park behind the Peabody Essex Museum, where simple stones are inscribed with the…

  • Yin Yu Tang


    Contained within the Peabody Essex Museum, this 16-room Chinese house was shipped to the museum from China's southeastern Huizhou region.

  • USA, Massachusetts, Boston

    Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum


    'Boston Harbor a teapot tonight!' To protest against unfair taxes, a gang of rebellious colonists dumped 342 chests of tea into the water. The 1773…

  • Autumn Trees at Walden Pond

    Walden Pond

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Henry David Thoreau took the naturalist beliefs of transcendentalism out of the realm of theory and into practice when he left the comforts of the town…

  • the famous Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston MA, United States

    Forest Hills Cemetery


    Dating from 1848, Forest Hills is a gorgeous, green cemetery that is filled with art and whimsy. It is still an active burial ground, but it also plays…

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    Georges Island


    Georges Island is one of the transportation hubs for the Boston Harbor Islands. It is also the site of Fort Warren, a 19th-century fort and Civil War…

  • Adams National Historic Park

    South Shore

    The Adams family sights are accessible by guided tours departing from the Adams National Historic Park Visitor Center. Every half-hour (until 3:15pm),…

  • Boston Lighthouse, Boston Harbor, Massachusetts.

    Boston Harbor Islands


    Designated a National Recreation Area, the Boston Harbor Islands consist of 34 islands with sandy beaches and hiking trails. Since the massive cleanup of…

  • Battleship Cove

    South Shore

    ‘You sank my battleship!’ This cry was ne’er heard aboard the mighty USS Massachusetts, a hulk of a craft that survived 35 battles in WWII, gunning down…

  • Chesterwood

    The Berkshires

    This pastoral 122-acre plot was 'heaven' to its owner Daniel Chester French (1850–1931), the sculptor best known for his great seated statue of Abraham…

  • Parker River National Wildlife Refuge


    This 4662-acre sanctuary occupies the southern three-quarters of Plum Island. More than 800 species of bird, plant and animal reside in its many…

  • Old Sturbridge Village


    Historic buildings from throughout the region have been moved to this site to re-create a New England town from the 1830s, with 40 restored structures…

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    The historic buildings in the city center – connected by the trolley and canal boats – constitute the national park

  • Essex Shipbuilding Museum


    This museum was established in 1976 as a local repository for all of the shipbuilding artifacts of Essex residents. The fascinating collections of photos,…

  • Mount

    The Berkshires

    Almost 50 years after Nathaniel Hawthorne left his home in Lenox, another writer found inspiration in the Berkshires. Edith Wharton (1862–1937) came to…

  • Old South Meeting House


    ‘No tax on tea!’ That was the decision on December 16, 1773, when 5000 angry colonists gathered here to protest British taxes, leading to the Boston Tea…

  • Coast Guard Beach

    Cape Cod

    All roads lead to the National Seashore's Coast Guard Beach. The main road from the Salt Pond Visitor Center deposits you here, as do cycling and hiking…

  • Arnold Arboretum

    Streetcar Suburbs

    Under a public-private partnership with Harvard University, the 265-acre Arnold Arboretum is planted with over 15,000 exotic trees and flowering shrubs…

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History


    This institution is famed for its botanical galleries, featuring some 3000 pieces of handblown, intricately crafted glass flowers and plants. There is a…

  • Smith Campus Center


    After a massive overhaul, the Smith Campus Center has been transformed into a fabulous 'living room' for students and visitors to congregate, study,…

  • Appleton Farms


    Six miles of trails wind along old carriageways, past ancient stonewall property markers and through acres of grasslands. Farm friends dot the pastures,…

  • SoWa Artists Guild

    South End & Chinatown

    The brick-and-beam buildings along Harrison Ave were originally used to manufacture goods ranging from canned food to pianos. Now these factories turn out…

  • Emily Dickinson Museum

    Pioneer Valley

    During her lifetime, Emily Dickinson (1830–86) published only seven poems, but more than 1000 were discovered and published posthumously, and her verses…

  • Rocky Neck Art Colony


    The artistic legacy of Gloucester native Fitz Henry Lane endures, as Gloucester still boasts a vibrant artists community at Rocky Neck Art Colony. In…

  • Concord Museum

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Southeast of Monument Sq, Concord Museum brings the town’s diverse history under one roof. The museum’s prized possession is one of the ‘two if by sea’…

  • Skinner State Park

    Pioneer Valley

    This mountaintop park, at the summit of Mt Holyoke, peaks out at a rather modest-sounding height of 942ft. But that's high enough to earn the visitor…

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