There is no better way to experience the state of Massachusetts than by walking the streets of its capital city, Boston. Head off on the two-and-a-half mile Freedom Trail to see Benjamin Franklin’s statue, stop in at Paul Revere’s house and take in the Bunker Hill Monument. History buffs should also visit the USS Constitution Museum, where Old Ironsides’ past comes to life with interactive exhibits. For the collegiate set, Cambridge is home to the nation’s oldest University, Harvard.
While in the state capital, catch a game at Fenway Park, dubbed America’s Most Beloved Ballpark. If a game is not on the agenda, schedule a tour and pay the Green Monster a visit. Or, skip the ballpark altogether and get your fill of green along Boston’s Emerald Necklace, a string of interconnected parks encompassing 1,100 acres throughout the city. This network includes Boston Common, the nation’s oldest park.
After visiting Boston, grab a broomstick and head north where Salem awaits. Home to Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Witch City is best known as the site of the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692, which are chronicled in the town’s Witch Museum. It is not all spooks and ghouls, though; Salem offers pedestrian-friendly streets chock full of museums, specialty shops and quaint eateries.
South of Boston, tourists can go whale watching where Herman Melville created Moby Dick, see where the Mayflower touched the shores of America at Plymouth Rock and get acquainted with pilgrim life at Plimoth Plantation en route to the Cape. The sandy beaches of Cape Cod are fantastic for families, while the cobblestone streets of Nantucket Island and the top-notch shopping and dining of Martha’s Vineyard are only a ferry ride away.
For all the leaf watchers out there, the Bay State arguably offers the best of New England’s fall foliage. Drive through western Massachusetts along America’s first scenic auto route, Mohawk Trail, to enjoy the autumn leaves. Get a real taste of Americana in Norman Rockwell’s hometown of Stockbridge, where a museum bearing his name holds the largest collection of his work in the world. Cap off your trip with a stay at one of Franklin County’s picturesque bed and breakfasts.