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From the Salem witch trials and the Great Awakening to the Boston Tea Party and even the first Thanksgiving, Massachusetts has been at the forefront of American history. Harvard University, founded in 1636, is the oldest college in the U.S., and great American pastimes like basketball and volleyball were also invented here.

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• Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

During the late eighteenth century Boston was the location of several major events during the American Revolution, including the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. Several early battles of the American Revolution, such as the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Siege of Boston …

• Cambridge

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge is comprised of numerous town squares, and each sits at the center of a distinctly different neighborhood. Popular outdoor parks include Harvard Yard, the historic Mount Auburn Cemetery and the well-maintained arboretum. Travelers will find diverse cultures …

• Cape Cod

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod is a popular destination for beachgoers from all over. With miles of coastline beaches, both public and private, that are easily accessible. The Cape has upwards of sixty public beaches. The Cape Cod National Seashore has many walking paths …

• Salem

Salem, Massachusetts

Tourism is the backbone of Salem's economy. Tourism based on the 1692 witch trials dates back to at least the first half of the 20th century, when dry goods merchant Daniel Low sold souvenir spoons with witch images. Such tourism expanded significantly in the 1970s, when Bewitched filmed episodes in the city …

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» Battle Road Trail

Battle Road Trail, Boston

Running for 5 miles along the length of the Minute Man National Historic Park, the fabled Battle Road Trail follows the path of the notorious Battle of Lexington and Concord, the clash between British troops and the Colonial Minute Men that marked the start of the American Revolutionary War. Walking or cycling the Battle Road Trail takes visitors on a journey through the fateful events of April 19, 1775, passing the farmlands, woods and dirt tracks that served as battle fields and ambush points throughout the battles, as well as key historic sites …

» Buckman Tavern

Buckman Tavern, Boston

Although it dates back to the early 18th-century, the Buckman Tavern secured its place in the history books during the American Revolutionary War, as a popular meeting place of the Lexington Minutemen. Its most significant moment came on April 19th 1775, when the militia gathered at the tavern to await the oncoming British troops - what would later be known as the Battle of Lexington and Concord, notorious as the starting point of the American War of Independence. Today, the Buckman Tavern is preserved as a National Historic Landmark …

» Cape Cod

Cape Cod, Boston

Cape Cod is one of the most popular summer vacation destinations for New Englanders - generations of families have played on the same beaches for decades. But, of course, it's not just for the locals. The arm of Massachusetts that curls away from the mainland and reaches north again, like someone flexing an arm muscle, is called Cape Cod. While many American schoolchildren learn that the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, their actual landing spot was closer to the place where Provincetown now sits, near the tip of Cape Cod …

» Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Boston

Lovers of land and sea can wander the quiet galleries of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum and gain unlimited access to historical documents, impressive models and incredible art. Travelers say the intimate space, which warmly welcomes visitors from across the globe, has a charming vibe and friendly, knowledgeable staff, too. The unique boathouse showcases some of the best of wooden boats and a boatbuilding workshop in the museum's basement offers travelers a behind the scenes look at how these beautiful old-school vessels are made …

» Concord

Concord, Massachusetts

Like so many towns in Massachusetts, Concord was the cornerstone of some of the most significant moments that helped shape U.S. history and independence. It was among the first settled outposts of the Massachusetts Bay Colony by English settlers and one of the first interior towns in the state. Perhaps just as important is the town's rich literary history. During the mid-1800s, it emerged as the epicenter for a period of American history called 'The Flowering of New England.' It was during this time that the country's greatest literary minds rose to fame …

» House of the Seven Gables

House of the Seven Gables, Salem,  Massachusetts

Made famous by the writing of Nathanial Hawthorne in 1851, the House of the Seven Gables, or the Turner-Ingersoll mansion in Salem, Massachusetts, stands as a bastion of New England history. It is also one of the oldest and largest remaining wooden mansions in New England. The House of the Seven Gables is located near the Derby Wharf, on Derby Street, between Turner and Hardy Streets. The oldest parts of the House of the Seven Gables date back to 1668, when it was built by Captain John Turner …

» Lexington

Lexington, Massachusetts

Seemingly every city in Massachusetts holds a sort of historical significance, but few are as well-known as Lexington, one of America's oldest towns. Dating back to 1642, it's best known as ground zero for the American Revolutionary War, where the first shot was fired in 1775. Armchair historians will relish the town's rich history, which can be seen on just about every building, every street and in every park. Minute Man National Historical Park is a commemoration of the first battle of the American Revolutionary War …

» Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Martha's Vineyard gained national attention as the setting for the movie Jaws in the 1970s, but notable figures were spending their summer soaking up the sun on this picturesque island long before the movie. The third largest island on the East Coast, Martha's Vineyard is situated off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The area's history is rich. Originally inhabited by the Wampanoag people, today a small population still resides on the island. It was also once a whaling center and now subsists almost entirely off of tourism …

» Peabody Essex Museum

Peabody Essex Museum, Boston

The Peabody Essex Museum is one of the oldest continuously operating museums in America, established in 1799 as the East India Marine Society. It combines the collections of the Peabody Museum of Salem, who acquired the East India Marine Society in 1867, and the Essex Institute, who merged in 1992. The Peabody Essex Museum collection dates back to the 'natural and artificial curiosities' pieces that Salem-based members of the East India Marine Society brought back from beyond Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope …

» Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation, Boston

Located in Plymouth, Mass., Plimoth Plantation serves as a living museum to accurately represent the first colony of English settlers who arrived in the New World in the 1600s. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum is a culmination of extensive research from artifacts such as personal written accounts from the original Pilgrims, historical artwork and archaeological studies. The museum has three separate sites: Plimoth Plantation, the Mayflower II and the Plimoth Grist Mill. The main site boasts a working English village complete with historical interpreters …

» Plymouth

Plymouth, Massachusetts

Perhaps no place in New England has been as prominent and influential for the history of the country as Plymouth, Massachusetts. Founded in 1620, it's officially the oldest municipality in the United States and has, for almost 400 years, been "America's Hometown". History buffs will appreciate Plymouth as a place of many "firsts" in the nation. It was the sight of the country's first Thanksgiving Day feast and famous Plymouth Rock was the landing point for the first Pilgrim settlers. For the second half of its history, Plymouth has remained a vital hub for fishing and shipbuilding …

» Provincetown

Provincetown, Massachusetts

The lively cultural hub of Cape Cod and among New England's most beloved beach resorts, Provincetown's popularity belies its small size and remote location. Perched at the tip of the Cape Cod peninsula and reachable by land or sea from nearby Boston, the affectionately nicknamed 'P-Town' is the ultimate bohemian retreat, renowned for its eclectic nightlife, numerous art galleries and thriving LGBT scene. Long a favored summer retreat for artists and writers, the creative Mecca is also home to 30 miles of sandy coastline …

» Salem

Salem, Massachusetts

Salem's notoriety is due in large part to its central role in the infamous witch trials of the 17th century. Since then, Salem has been synonymous with witches, Wiccan culture and all things black magic. The town's high school athletic teams are the Witches, some children attend Witchcraft Heights Elementary and witch symbols emblazon the police cars. Every year, tourists flock by the tens of thousands to bask in the kitsch of a city that, for all intents and purposes, celebrates Halloween every day of the year …

» Salem Ferry

Salem Ferry, Massachusetts

Salem, Massachusetts (of Salem Witch Trials fame) continues to be a favorite weekend getaway from Boston, and the Salem Ferry offers a fast route from the city direct to the the seaside town. In less than an hour, the high-speed Salem Ferry offers transportation back and forth between the two Massachusetts destinations. Weather-permitting, the outdoor lounge is a great place to take in ocean views during the journey. There is also comfortable indoor seating, as well as a small galley serving food and drinks …

» Salem Wax Museum

Salem Wax Museum, Massachusetts

Salem Wax Museum is a chance to walk through the history of Salem. The museum features 50 lifelike wax figures made in London, depicting pivotal figures and scenes from the history of Salem. The Salem Wax Museum includes exhibits surrounding the founding of Salem in 1626, the Salem Witch Hunt and Salem Witch Trials of 1692, as well as the maritime merchant trade and New England piracy of the 18th century. Visitors will get to see such notable figures as the author Nathanial Hawthorne, Tituba, the accused 'witch' who sparked the 1692 hysteria …

» Salem Witch Museum

Salem Witch Museum, Massachusetts

The 1692 Salem Witch Trials are an important part of the early history of America. Twenty people were found guilty and executed as part of the infamous Salem Witch Hunt. Today, travelers can visit the Salem Witch Museum to learn more about the historic event. The museum is located across from Salem Common, not far from the Derby Wharf. The Salem Witch Museum guides visitors through exhibits based on actual trial documents. You'll have to the opportunity to see and hear how neighbor turned against neighbor …

» Salem Witch Village

Salem Witch Village, Massachusetts

A visit to the Salem Witch Village includes a 15-minute guided tour by a practicing witch, who will bring you through an indoor maze in which you can trace the history of witchcraft and the stereotypes surrounding it. If you are wondering why witchcraft is associated with flying broomsticks, black cats, and devil worship, you'll find out the history in the Salem Witch Village. The Salem Witch Village tour includes a timeline of the different persecution periods in the history of witches, included the Salem Witch Trials and Burning Times in Europe …

» Six Flags New England

Six Flags New England, Massachusetts

Like most Six Flags parks, Six Flags New England is a combination theme and water park that's billed as the "Thrill Capital of New England." When the short summer months heat up in the northeast, it's a welcome oasis for visitors, and located just a mile from the Connecticut border, it's a popular destination for Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts residents. The big draw at any Six Flags park is, of course, the thrill rides. The crown jewel, BATMAN: The Dark Knight, takes visitors on a 55-mile-per-hour blast up to 12-story heights …

» The Old Manse

The Old Manse, Massachusetts

The cornerstone of Concord's historic attractions was the town's political and social center throughout the 19th century, and boasts an impressive list of former guests. Now preserved as a National Historic Landmark, the Old Manse was originally built in 1770, for Reverend William Emerson, and stands adjacent to Concord's Old North Bridge, where on April 19th 1775, it bore witness to the start of the American War of Independence, as Minutemen fired the infamous shot 'heard around the world' …

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Massachusetts' easy access to neighboring states like Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Vermont makes it an ideal place to begin any New England adventure. But deep historical roots that date all the way back to the Mayflower mean there's plenty to explore even just in this small state that packs a serious travel punch …

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Most of its population of 6.4 million live in the Boston metropolitan area. The eastern half of this relatively small state is mostly urban and suburban. The west is primarily rural …

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