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What to see in Massachusetts

Attractions


The top tourist attractions of Massachusetts may well ring a bell from school history lessons. The Puritan pilgrims established the first New England colony in Plymouth in 1620, ushering in a new era for America. The town of Salem remains notorious for the witch trials of 1692. Boston led the charge into the fight for freedom that became the American Revolution, and Massachusetts was the first state to abolish slavery in 1783. The world can be sure this wealth of interesting history is being well documented and preserved because Massachusetts is also the proud home of Harvard, the oldest university in the country, as well as many other distinguished centres of learning, and boasts truly world-class museums and galleries to enshrine its treasures.

Sightseeing in Massachusetts mainly appeals to culture vultures and those with scholarly interests, but there is nothing dowdy about the state; Massachusetts has a reputation for embracing the finer things in life and has long been a playground for the wealthy and refined. Beyond the stately old neighbourhoods of Boston, the beaches of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket have become enclaves for stylish vacationers, and the forested hills of the Berkshires have long been the preferred retreat of many New Yorkers and Bostonians.

One of the state's major attractions is the annual display of brilliant fall foliage, making autumn the best time to visit scenic Massachusetts. Those wanting to see the foliage at its most dramatic should drive The Mohawk Trail which winds through the northern Berkshire Mountains taking in some of the state's most beautiful scenery.


Freedom Trail

The two and a half mile (4km) Freedom Trail follows a line of red bricks, or a painted red line on the pavement, linking…

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Harvard University

Established in 1636, Harvard University is the oldest in the country and one of the most prestigious institutions of…

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Black Heritage Trail

Today Beacon Hill brings to mind images of affluence and luxurious living, yet until the end of the 19th century it contained…

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Cambridge

Just across the Charles River from Boston, Cambridge is actually a city in its own right although the two cities are…

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Martha's Vineyard

Believed to have been named by mariner Bartholomew Gosnold for his daughter, Martha, with the 'vineyard' referring to…

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Nantucket

Thirty miles (48km) off the coast of Cape Cod, the island of Nantucket is smaller and more remote than Martha's Vineyard,…

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