massachusetts

Historic charm, vibrant cities, prestigious universities, and scenic landscapes await

the Bay state

The gateway to New England - a blend of historic charm and modern allure.
Whether you're a history enthusiast, sports lover, culinary aficionado, or outdoor adventurer, Massachusetts offers a wide range of experiences to delight and inspire.

Start your adventure in Boston, the state’s capital. Walk the Freedom Trail to immerse yourself in America's revolutionary past, explore world-class museums, visit Fenway Park, savour exquisite cuisine at one of the city's many acclaimed restaurants and experience the hub of innovation and education at prestigious institutions like Harvard and MIT.

Beyond Boston, venture to the quaint coastal towns of Cape Cod, where pristine beaches, charming lighthouses, and fresh seafood await. Don't miss the idyllic islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, each offering a unique blend of luxury and laid-back charm. Whilst sports enthusiasts should be sure to visit Springfield; the birthplace of basketball and home to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

For nature lovers, the scenic Berkshires provide outdoor activities ranging from hiking to skiing. Central Massachusetts boasts lush forests, historic sites, and inviting small towns, while the North Shore offers a captivating mix of maritime history and scenic beauty.

From exploring the bustling streets of Boston to exploring the serene landscapes of the countryside, Massachusetts promises an unforgettable adventure in every season.

Things to see & do

Browse through our recommended selection of things to see and do in Massachusetts. Many of these are included in our suggested itineraries, however, if there is
anything you see that particularly takes your interest, please let us know and we will include it in your holiday package or put you in touch with the right people.

USS Constitution Museum

Charlestown, Massachusetts

The USS Constitution Museum commemorates the legendary warship USS Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides." Through engaging exhibits and artifacts, the museum brings to life the history of this iconic ship and its role in American naval history. Visitors can explore its storied past, including its battles and significance in the War of 1812. The museum offers an immersive experience that educates and inspires a deeper understanding of America's maritime heritage.

Boston Common Park

Boston, Massachusetts

America's oldest public park, established in 1634, is a historic gathering place in downtown Boston. Spanning 50 acres, it offers a serene urban oasis with walking paths, lush greenery, and picturesque views. The Common has been a site for protests, events, and recreational activities for centuries. Bordered by significant landmarks, it holds a special place in American history and remains a cherished destination for both locals and tourists seeking relaxation and cultural appreciation.

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden

Springfield, Massachusetts

Sculpture Garden celebrating the beloved children's author Theodor Geisel, better known of course as Dr. Seuss. The garden features whimsical bronze sculptures depicting iconic characters from his books, including The Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant. It's a playful and imaginative tribute to Dr. Seuss's creative legacy, inviting visitors of all ages to step into the colorful world of his stories and characters.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cambridge, Massachusetts

World-renowned research university whose campus is a hub of innovation and academic excellence, fostering cutting-edge research in various fields. Explore the MIT Museum, showcasing technological advancements, and experience its iconic architecture like the Stata Centre. Charged with intellectual energy, MIT is a unique destination to learn about and witness the forefront of science, engineering, and innovation.

Go for a Horse & cart ride

Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Whilst exploring Massachusetts, embark on a charming horse and cart ride through the picturesque streets of historic towns like Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Relax as you clip-clop along cobblestone lanes and past scenic coastal views, guided by knowledgeable drivers always happy to share fascinating local tales. Whether it's a romantic outing for two or a family adventure, a horse and cart ride offers a nostalgic and leisurely way to explore some of New England's idyllic destinations.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Boston, Massachusetts

A bustling historic marketplace renowned for its vibrant blend of shops, eateries, and entertainment. Established in 1742, it's a hub of activity where visitors can explore a wide array of local goods, artisanal crafts, and delicious food. The marketplace's rich history as a gathering place for speeches and debates adds to its allure. With its unique atmosphere and diverse offerings, Faneuil Hall Marketplace remains a popular destination for both locals and tourists.

Minute Man National Historic Park

Lincoln, Massachusetts

Commemorates the opening battle of the American Revolution, encompassing the famous North Bridge, where colonial militia faced British troops in 1775. The park's trails and sites offer an immersive experience, connecting visitors to the events that sparked the nation's fight for independence. With preserved landscapes and historic monuments, it's a testament to the courage and determination of those who shaped American history.

Fenway Park Tour

Boston, Massachusetts

Discover the rich history of Fenway Park on a guided tour of this iconic baseball stadium, a cornerstone of Boston since 1912. Delve into behind-the-scenes spots such as the legendary Green Monster, the dugouts, and the press box. Led by your knowledgeable guide, you'll explore the sacred grounds and relive its most memorable moments. Perfect for die-hard baseball fans or anyone interested in a historic venue, the Fenway Park tour offers a captivating glimpse into America's beloved pastime.

JFK Presidential Library & Museum

Boston, Massachusetts

The JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston is a tribute to the legacy of President John F. Kennedy - one of Massachusetts favourite sons. Through exhibits, artifacts and multimedia displays, the museum offers insights into Kennedy's life, leadership, and the challenges of his era. The iconic building overlooks the sea and showcases his contributions to civil rights, space exploration, and international relations. It's a place for reflection on a pivotal period in American history.

Whale Watching

Massachusetts Coast

Whale watching off the coast of Massachusetts offers an unforgettable experience to witness the majestic beauty of these marine giants. Excursions depart from various coastal towns providing opportunities to see humpback whales, fin whales, and other marine life in their natural habitat. A thrilling and educational outing that connects visitors with the awe-inspiring world of whales in the Atlantic Ocean. Check with Travel USA for more details.

Salem Witch Museum

Salem, Massachusetts

Embark on an insightful exploration of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Through life-size exhibits, dramatic lighting, and captivating narratives, the museum brings to life the stories of the accused and the hysteria that enveloped Puritan New England. Visitors can also learn about the evolution of witchcraft perceptions and how the trials have influenced modern discussions on fear and human rights serving as a platform for understanding this complex chapter in American history.

Massachusetts State House

Boston, Massachusetts

Historic government building that serves as the state's legislative seat. Completed in 1798, its iconic gold-domed architecture is a symbol of the city and the Commonwealth. Visitors can explore its historic significance, including the Senate and House of Representatives chambers, and witness the artistry and history that characterise the state's political foundation.

Old Sturbridge Village

Sturbridge, Massachusetts

A living history museum that transports visitors back to 19th-century New England. With over 40 historic buildings and costumed interpreters, it recreates the sights, sounds, and experiences of rural village life during that era. From blacksmith demonstrations to agricultural activities, the village offers immersive educational opportunities for all ages. It's a window into the past, preserving and sharing the traditions and daily life of early American settlers.

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Visitors are welcome to visit Harvard University, an Ivy League institution with a storied history. Established in 1636, it's one of the oldest universities in the U.S. whose campus boasts historic architecture and prestigious academic programmes. Visitors can tour iconic sites like Harvard Yard and the Widener Library, experience the vibrant student life, and appreciate the university's contributions to education and research.

Mount Greylock

Massachusetts

Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts, offers outdoor adventure across its diverse ecosystems, scenic trails, and historic landmarks such as the War Memorial Tower. Visitors can hike, bike, or drive to the summit for panoramic vistas of the Berkshire Mountains and beyond. With its natural beauty and recreational opportunities, Mount Greylock is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

Boston Public Garden

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Public Garden, situated in the heart of the city, is a tranquil oasis featuring the iconic Swan Boats. These charming pedal-powered vessels glide gracefully across the park's picturesque lagoon, offering visitors a leisurely and scenic experience. Established in 1877, the Swan Boats are a beloved tradition, providing a unique way to explore the garden's lush landscapes and vibrant floral displays. It's a quintessential Boston experience that captures the beauty and charm of this historic urban park.

New England Six Flags

Agawam, Massachusetts

Six Flags New England is an exciting amusement park renowned for its thrilling rides, family-friendly attractions, and live entertainment. With a variety of roller coasters, water rides, and themed areas, it offers an exhilarating experience for visitors of all ages. From adrenaline-pumping coasters to gentle rides for kids, the park provides a diverse range of entertainment options. It's a must-visit destination for those seeking a day of fun and excitement in New England.

Museum of Fine Arts

Boston, Massachusetts

Premier cultural institution showcasing over 500,000 artworks from diverse cultures and time periods. With collections ranging from ancient civilisations to contemporary art, it offers a rich exploration of human creativity and expression. Visitors can admire masterpieces from around the world and enjoy special exhibitions that highlight different aspects of artistic achievement. The MFA provides an enriching and immersive experience for art enthusiasts of all ages.

Experience Live Sport

Massachusetts

Experience live sport - the American way! Catch the adrenaline, the cheers, and the thrill of a live game - because experiencing sports the American way is an absolute must! Boston has 5 pro teams spread across all sports, including household names like the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots and the Boston Celtics. Chat with Travel USA to score your tickets and we'll look to lock in your seats before you even pack your bags!

Boston Tea Party

Boston, Massachusetts

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum provides an immersive historical experience in Boston, Massachusetts. Visitors step back in time to the iconic 1773 event, where they can participate in interactive exhibits and board authentic replica ships. Through reenactments and engaging displays, the museum vividly brings to life the pivotal moment in American history when colonists protested British taxation. It's an educational and engaging attraction that offers insights into the nation's revolutionary past.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Springfield, Massachusetts

Springfield, known as the birthplace of basketball, is also home to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Named after Dr. James Naismith, the sport's inventor, the hall showcases memorabilia, exhibits, and interactive displays celebrating basketball's milestones and its legends. From iconic players and coaches to historic moments, visitors can immerse themselves in the game's evolution and cultural significance - a must-visit destination for basketball enthusiasts.

The Freedom Trail

Boston, Massachusetts

The Freedom Trail, a red-brick path in Boston, winds for 2.5 miles through 16 historically significant sites. It guides visitors through key moments in American history, including the Massachusetts State House, Paul Revere's House, and the Old North Church. This immersive walk links pivotal Revolutionary War landmarks, offering an educational and engaging experience. It's a revered route, connecting modern audiences to the city's past and the birth of the United States.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Cambridge, Massachusetts

A treasure trove of scientific exploration and discovery. Home to vast collections of fossils, minerals, and specimens from around the globe, it offers visitors an immersive journey through Earth's natural history. From towering dinosaur skeletons to dazzling gemstones, the museum showcases the wonders of the natural world, inspiring curiosity and appreciation for the planet's diverse ecosystems and geological wonders.

Paul Revere House

Boston, Massachusetts

The Paul Revere House, located in Boston's North End, is a historic gem and the oldest surviving structure in downtown Boston. Built around 1680, it was home to the Revolutionary War patriot Paul Revere. The museum provides a glimpse into daily life during that era, featuring period furnishings and artefacts. It's a fascinating window into the past, preserving the legacy of Paul Revere and offering visitors a tangible connection to America's colonial history.

House of Seven Gables

Salem, Massachusetts

The House of the Seven Gables, located in Salem, is a historic mansion made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel of the same name. Built in the 17th century, the house is a symbol of New England's colonial heritage and maritime history. Visitors can tour its unique architecture, explore period rooms, and learn about the site's storied past, including its connections to Hawthorne's literature and Salem's colonial witch trials.

Boston Public Library

Boston, Massachusetts

Cultural landmark and one of the oldest public libraries in the United States, established back in 1848. Located in Copley Square, its majestic architecture features grand marble columns and intricate detailing. The library's vast collection includes millions of books, manuscripts, and artworks, making it a hub for research, education, and community engagement. With its historic significance and ongoing commitment to literacy and learning, the Boston Public Library remains a cherished institution in the city.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Stockbridge, Massachusetts

A tribute to the iconic American illustrator Norman Rockwell. Set amidst the scenic Berkshire Mountains, the museum houses the world's largest collection of Rockwell's original artworks, including beloved paintings depicting American life and culture. Through exhibits, interactive displays, and special events, visitors can explore Rockwell's artistic process, social commentary, and enduring impact on American art. It's a must-visit destination for admirers of Rockwell's nostalgic and heartfelt portrayals.

Nantucket Whaling Museum

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Offers a captivating journey into the island's maritime heritage. Housed in a historic candle factory, the museum showcases artifacts, exhibits, and interactive displays that tell the story of Nantucket's whaling industry and its impact on the island's culture and economy. Visitors can explore the museum's extensive collection of whaling artefacts, including harpoons, scrimshaw, and a fully restored 1847 whaleboat, immersing themselves in the fascinating world of whaling history.

Bunker Hill Mounument

Charlestown, Massachusetts

The Bunker Hill Monument, situated in Charlestown, Massachusetts, honours the Battle of Bunker Hill, a pivotal Revolutionary War conflict. Standing tall at 67 metres, the granite obelisk provides panoramic views of Boston. Visitors can climb its 294 steps to the top for a historical perspective and appreciation of the area's significance. It's a cherished landmark that commemorates the bravery of those who fought for American independence and a reminder of the nation's roots.

Emily Dickinson Museum

Amherst, Massachusetts

Institution dedicated to preserving the legacy of the renowned American poet Emily Dickinson. Comprising her birthplace, The Homestead, and the Evergreens, the home of her brother Austin, the museum offers insight into Dickinson's life and work. Visitors can explore the rooms where Dickinson lived and wrote, view original manuscripts, and learn about her profound contributions to American literature. It's a unique opportunity to connect with the life and poetry of this influential literary figure.

Boston Children's Museum

Boston, Massachusetts

If travelling with young family be sure to include this dynamic and interactive learning experience for young minds. With hands-on exhibits and immersive activities, children can explore a wide range of subjects including science, art, culture, and technology. From building structures to conducting experiments, the museum sparks curiosity and creativity in children of all ages. With its engaging programs and educational resources, it's a vibrant destination that fosters a love of learning and exploration in a fun and stimulating environment.

Volleyball Hall of Fame

Holyoak, Massachusetts

Institution dedicated to honouring the sport's legendary players, coaches, and contributors from around the world. Through exhibits, memorabilia, and interactive displays, it showcases the rich history and evolution of volleyball. From its inception in 1985, the hall continues to celebrate the sport's achievements and impact, inspiring future generations of athletes and enthusiasts while preserving the legacy of those who have made significant contributions to volleyball's global popularity.

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