Massachusetts Cities and Regions
Western MassSmall, postcard-perfect New England towns and colorful, diverse communities dot the rolling fields and forests of Western Massachusetts. Leaf-peepers head here for the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley – two fall foliage hotspots.
Blackstone ValleyIn central Mass, largely rural Blackstone Valley – the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution – covers miles of farms and orchards, former mill towns, and the living history museum of Old Sturbridge Village.
BostonBoston, the state’s cultural and political capital, is a hip, urban city with happening dining, art, and sports scenes, eight centers of higher learning, and historical landmarks like the Freedom Trail. See our Boston Travel Guide
North ShoreThirty miles of rocky shores make up this stretch of picturesque harbors and lesser-known (read: less crowded) beaches north of Boston. The Salem witch trials and two American revolutions took place here.
South ShoreIt’s the small-town, New England-fishing-village vibe that draws visitors (especially Bostonians seeking a country escape) to the South Shore. The area is also a jumping-off point for whale-watch cruises.
The islands and Cape CodMartha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod are Massachusetts’s most famous summertime escapes. Although each has its own appeal, all three are known for picturesque towns, quaint shops, fresh seafood, and beaches. See our Travel Guides to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod
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