Looking for a holiday destination that has great weather, breathtaking coastline, scenic vineyards, gorgeous gardens, quaint fishing villages, wonderful wildlife, major sports, fascinating museums and music festivals? Well look no further as Massachusetts really has it all. Stretching from the forested Berkshire Hills in the west to the sandy dunes of Cape Cod in the east, this is a stunning state dotted with picturesque, picket fence villages, fantastic hiking paths and miles of scenic cycle trails.
In 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth Rock in present-day Massachusetts, laying the first foundations of the colony of New England. A century and a half later, the American Revolution sparked into life in this part of the continent and today fascinating historical legacies are found across the region.
Known as The Bay State, Massachusetts sits on the eastern seaboard of the USA, sandwiched by the New England states of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire to the north and Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut to the south. Boston, the state capital, is one of America's most vibrant and iconic water-front cities, with world class universities and historic sites, eclectic restaurants and great tax-free shopping.
Slow the pace down in the well-heeled area of the Berkshire Hills, which is home to internationally acclaimed arts festivals, the endless sun-honeyed beaches of Cape Cod and the chic island resorts of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Its beautiful shoreline is strewn with lighthouses and clapboard houses while the surrounding waters offer unparalleled opportunities to spot whales. It's a region of delightful country inns, boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts, particularly well suited to self-drive trips.
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Popular Massachusetts holiday ideas
The Midtown Hotel is a classic hotel with good amenities and a great central location, close to the excellent shopping district of Back Bay.
Top tips for visiting Massachusetts
Top Tip 1
• Boston is a walking city: There's no need to hire a car, the T transport system is excellent and parking is extortionate.
Top Tip 2
• We all love to shop, and in Massachusetts there’s no tax on clothing purchases of $150 and under. If you spend over that amount, you only pay tax on the difference so a $200 purchase would mean you only pay tax on the $50 difference.
Top Tip 4
• Take a free public tour of the Boston Public Library, one of the most impressive buildings in the city.
Top Tip 5
• The Science Museum in Boston is a great place to take children for an afternoon
Top Tip 6
• The St Patrick’s Day Parade is the USA’s longest running parade, established in 1737
• There’s often still a nip in the air but springtime in Boston can be gorgeous, especially when the flowering bulbs of the Public Garden and other parks come into bloom.
• Summer arrives early - around late May - with hot, sunny and sometimes humid weather right through until September
• Autumn is unsurprisingly the most popular season, when the climate is mild and temperate and fall colours hit their golden-hued peak.
• Winter heralds a fabulous calendar of cultural events and the chance to ice skate. It does get cold and snowy in the winter, but the nearby ski resorts allow you to take advantage of those conditions.