Boston’s home state is as much about windswept beaches and romantic islands, as Harvard Museums and spectacular autumn landscapes. It’s a mind’s eye perfect New Englander and even the heritage comes with fun on the side.
Massachusetts is the south easterly New England state where the Mayflower landed in 1620. Its capital, Boston, is one of the oldest cities in America. Cape Cod’s the summer playground for East Coast elite, and an amazing adventure with kids. Sail to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket for days on the beach, whale watching expeditions and magical bike rides. Or visit in autumn, head to the Berkshires, and just gaze at the awe-inspiring wonder of a New England Fall.
Direct flights all year round from the UK to Boston take just over seven hours.
Summer weather on Cape Cod is warm and sunny with average temperatures of 25 – 30˚.
Only neighbouring Vermont is more eco-conscious than Massachusetts. Don’t be surprised to find hybrid shuttles and filtered local water stations at hotels.
The most prestigious university in the US is in Boston, and eleven of its galleries and museums are open to the public.
Stockbridge Basin MA is officially the loveliest place in the US to see autumn leaves and try New England ‘leaf peeping’.
New England’s most historic coastline is in Massachusetts. The Mayflower landed here and it’s home to dozens of instantly recognisable holiday towns and islands.
The infamous town of Salem, site of the 17th century Salem Witch Hunts, is less than an hour’s drive from Boston.
Public transport is the way to get around Boston and most other cities. Cycling coastal towns and villages is safe and fun with kids, and island ferry services run all year round. But car hire in Massachusetts is highly recommended. Not only is it the safest US state to drive, the scenery’s breathtakingly pretty, packed with historic sights and many areas can only really be seen by road.