Ever since the Pilgrims arrived in New England, Massachusetts has been at the heart of the action: The first university (Harvard), the start of both political and industrial revolutions, even the cultural revolution started here, led by writers such as Thoreau and Emerson.
Known as The Bay State, it stretches from the Atlantic, with Cape Cod and the rocky North Shore, past the broad Connecticut River valley to the rolling Berkshire Hills. Attractive villages and towns are everywhere in Massachusetts, both inland and by the sea.
The first shots of the American Revolution were fired in Lexington and Concord in 1775. Learn more at the Minuteman National Historical Park Visitor Center in nearby Lincoln during your holiday to Massachusetts , or you can ride the hop-on, hopoff Liberty Ride trolley to the sites starting at North Bridge Visitor Center at Concord. A must see attraction during your Massachusetts holidays.
Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts recreates rural New England life in the 1830s. Watch sheep-shearing and help with the harvest; check out the school house and shoemaker’s, two of some 40 authentic historic buildings.
As well as the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge is home to the 80-year-old Berkshire Theatre Festival, one of America’s oldest regional theatres.
Other attractions to visit during your holiday to Massachusetts include New Bedford, once New England’s biggest whaling port - the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park encompasses the world’s largest whaling museum, a whaling merchant’s home and whaler’s chapel.
Stroll through Historic Deerfield past the main street’s museum houses and private homes dating from 1730-1850, plus the Flynt Center of Early New England Life.