Massachusetts Travel Guide

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Massachusetts's state capital, Boston, is New England's largest and most cosmopolitan city. It is the region's hub for modern commerce, education, and culture, and the early history of the United States is never far from view. The 50-acre Boston Common is the oldest public park in the nation and the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail winds past 16 of the city's most historic landmarks such as the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") and the Old North Church (of "one if by land, two if by sea" fame). This is the cradle of American democracy, a place where soaring skyscrapers cast shadows on Colonial graveyards. Nearby Boston, great beaches, delicious seafood, and artisan-filled shopping districts await in scenic Cape Cod, chic Martha's Vineyard, and cozy Nantucket. In Western Massachusetts, the mountainous Berkshires live up to the storybook image of rural New England. Staying at a bed-and-breakfast, taking in the local arts scene in quaint towns like Stockbridge and Lenox, and leaf peeping in the fall are all part of the experience. Farther east, the Pioneer Valley is home to a string of historic settlements, and artsy and thriving college towns like Amherst and Northampton.

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