Of the six New England states, Massachusetts is the most heavily populated.
Its significant role in the American Revolution makes Massachusetts a very popular vacation destination that features plenty of sightseeing, educational tours, and quaint villages where one can relax.
Massachusetts’ tourism has become increasingly more important to the economy. Cape Cod and Martha’s Island (home to Martha’s Vineyard) are popular tourist areas as vacationers come for the warm summers or to take in New England’s beautiful fall colors.
Things to Do in Massachusetts
Thanks to Massachusetts’ role in shaping American early history, the state is filled with historically significant attractions including:
Old North Bridge – Officially termed the North Bridge, this historical bridge crosses the Concord River where the first day of battle, known as the Battle of Concord, took place in the Revolutionary War.
Plymouth Rock – A significant symbol in American History, this popular Massachusetts attraction memorializes the arrival of William Bradford and the Mayflower pilgrims in 1620, who would later go on to establish Plymouth Colony.
Oak Bluffs – Situated on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, the Oak Bluffs are dotted by five historic lighthouses that for decades have guided ships through dark and foggy nights.
Vineyard Haven – As a small community in the town of Tisbury, Vineyard Haven is the access point to Martha’s Vineyard. Home to the Steamship Authority Wharf, steamboats and ferries arrive and depart from Vineyard Haven year-round.
Areas to Vacation in Massachusetts
While Boston Massachusetts still attracts the most state visitors, there are several other quaint locations suitable for wonderful Massachusetts’ vacations:
Cape Cod, MA – Long sandy beaches that line Upper, Mid-Cape, and Lower Cape Cod are natural attractions for tourists seeking historical maritime charm.
Hyannis, MA – As part of Cape Cod, Hyannis is a hot spot village that features fish shacks, endless outdoor activities, and Cape Cod’s most unique shopping opportunities.
Martha’s Vineyard, MA – A short 45 minute ferry transports Massachusetts vacationers from Falmouth to Martha’s Vineyard. The glacial Aquinnah Cliffs are a sight to behold and the colorful 1800’s cottages reflect the charming lifestyle of many artists, poets, and singers that have come to the island seeking peace and creative inspiration.
Edgartown, MA – Once a prosperous whaling community and port, Edgartown has been transformed into an upscale yachting center, where art galleries, local shops, and stately homes line the narrow streets.
Massachusetts Vacation Attractions – Part of New England Fall Tours
Caravan Tours has been offering fully escorted, all inclusive tours, like our New England Fall Tours, since 1952. Our New England Vacation packages are filled with visits to many of the Massachusetts’ historical sites and towns mentioned in this article.
The New England Fall Foliage tour is all inclusive and includes your food, accommodations, and transportation while on your Caravan vacation.
Editor’s Note – This original post from January 2012 has been updated to reflect current New England vacation details.