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Massachusetts is also known as the Bay State, because of its proximity to several large bays.
The state capital of Massachusetts is Boston.
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States neighbouring Massachusetts: Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.
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Colourful map of Massachusetts showing the location of all 14 counties:
Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester.
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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is one of the six New England states.
The others are: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Massachusetts is an important intellectual centre with Harvard University, in Cambridge, leading the way and other cultural institutions in Boston close behind.
Among the most famous historical landmarks is Plymouth Rock, where the pilgrims are said to have landed in 1620.
You can also visit the birthplace of President Kennedy at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, in Brookline.
Massachusetts is famous for its coastal resorts; especially the sandy beaches at Cape Cod.
Presidents often spend their holidays at Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard, or Nantucket Islands.
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination.
From the Berkshires to Boston, whatever you thought you'd find, it won't compare to what you'll discover.
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism,
136 Blackstone St., 5th Floor,
Boston, MA 02109 U.S.A.
Boston is the capital of Massachusetts, and the largest city in New England.
Boston was once America's most important port, due to its excellent natural harbour, and you can walk through the city's history on the self-guided Freedom Trail.
The Black Heritage Trail also starts in the area, and has a popular historic significance.
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Founded in 1870, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is now one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 500,000 works of art.
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is located at 465 Huntington Avenue.
Concord is a quaint New England town, 20 miles west of Boston, famed for its revolutionary and literary history.
As the scene of the first battle of the American Revolutionary War (War for Independence) on 19th April, 1775, Concord is considered the birthplace of the nation.
Visitors to Concord will find a picturesque New England community of handsome residences, preserved open spaces, family-owned farms and thriving commercial centers.
The town is served by Massachusetts BayTransportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail to Boston, Cambridge and Fitchburg.
State highway Route 2 runs through Concord, and Routes 128/95 and 495 are conveniently accessed.
Concord's Colonial Inn: 48 Monument Square, Concord, Massachusetts.
Concord's Colonial Inn is an enduring landmark of gracious hospitality in historic Concord, Massachusetts. The Inn was originally built in 1716 and has operated as a hotel since 1889.
The guest rooms are each individually appointed to reflect the Colonial style of the property, complete with antiques and Early American-inspired interiors.
Guests at Concord's Colonial Inn can enjoy its choice of restaurants and a tavern.
Located just 7 miles off the Massachusetts coastline, the beautiful island of Marthas Vineyard is a world apart, offering a vacation ambience unlike any other.
Explore the diversity of the six island towns, take long walks along pristine shores and step back in time to a more leisurely pace. Each season offers something different on Marthas Vineyard.
How to get to Martha's Vineyard and what to do when you get there.
No matter the season, no matter the reason, no matter your budget - there's a Martha's Vineyard experience waiting for you.
While there are lots of ferry options May-October, the only year-round ferry service and the only service that carries cars, motorcycles and trucks is the Steamship Authority, from Woods Hole.
Ferries to Martha's Vineyard also sail from Falmouth (Island Queen), Hyannis (Hy-Line Cruises), New Bedford (Seastreak), New York City (Seastreak) and Rhode Island (Fast Ferry).
Hy-Line Cruises also sail to Nantucket.
Thirty miles off the Massachusetts coast, this crescent-shaped island is in a world by itself. Cobblestone streets and an array of stately Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival homes reflect Nantucket Town's history as a prosperous whaling port.
Whether you call Nantucket home, or are visiting Nantucket for the first time, the moment you step ashore you immediately sense Nantucket's rich cultural heritage.
In 1994, Cape Air merged with Nantucket Airlines.
Operating as the sister airline to Cape Air, Nantucket Airlines has long been the favorite among visitors and locals for fast, frequent, daily, year-round flights between Hyannis and Nantucket.
Beachside at Nantucket: 30 North Beach Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Situated in the lovely Brant Point residential neighbourhood, the Beachside is a short five-minute walk to Jetties Beach and a leisurely twelve-minute stroll to Main Street.
Guests at the Beachside at Nantucket can chill out beside the heated outdoor pool. Some rooms even have their own private outdoor verandas.
Seven Sea Street Inn: 7 Sea Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Less than a five-minute walk from Main Street, Seven Sea Street is a beautiful red oak post and beam Inn, designed and constructed with an authentic Nantucket ambiance in mind.
Guests at the Seven Sea Street Inn can benefit from a relaxing Jacuzzi Spa and a stunning view of Nantucket Harbour from the Widow's Walk deck.
The Wauwinet Nantucket: 120 Wauwinet Road, Nantucket, Massachusetts.
An idyllic blend of extraordinary service, superior food, gracious comfort and delightful surroundings has earned The Wauwinet critical acclaim, including membership in the prestigious association of Relais and Chateaux.
Guests at The Wauwinet can enjoy a seaside refuge with breathtaking views of the bay, historic architecture, and luxury amenities.
The site of quaint villages, seafood shacks, lighthouses, ponds and a variety of beaches Cape Cod is a popular summertime destination in Massachusetts.
First stop on the Kennedy Legacy Trail is the JFK Hyannis Museum, to learn about the legacy of President Kennedy and his deep connection to Cape Cod.
Hyannis is also where ferries depart to the resort islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.
Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket boast scores of scenic trails and pristine beaches that are ideal for leisurely walks and rambles.
Captain Farris House:
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this charming and romantic bed and breakfast inn is located on mid Cape Cod, in the historic Bass River Village of South Yarmouth.
The Mayflower Pilgrims landed here in 1620, before moving on to found the Plymouth Colony. The Pilgrim Monument commemorates this historic landing.
This charming New England town, surrounded by National Parkland beaches, is situated at the very tip of Cape Cod. Among its attractions, away from the beaches, are traditional New England captain's houses, churches, cottages, hotels and beautiful inns. There are also plenty of shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes.
The Provincetown Fast Ferry: (Bay State Cruise Company) allows visitors to make the trip between Boston and Provincetown in speed and style.
Forget about Cape Cod traffic and parking hassles and set sail, with Boston's oldest and largest ferry operator, for a journey that only takes 90 minutes.
Just about everyone who sets foot on the sandy shore of Provincetown says there is something magical about this place. Maybe it’s because it sits at the edge of the continent, 60 miles out to sea, in a place that swirls together so many people and experiences.
When most people think Provincetown, they think beautiful beaches and crowded summer streets. The warmer months are the Capes busiest time, but Provincetown is quickly becoming a favourite vacation spot year-round.
The Berkshires of western Massachusetts are one of New England's great hidden treasures for cultural heritage and Ecotourism.
Founded in 1987, the Lowell Folk Festival (feld in late July) is one of the largest festivals of its kind.
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