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Massachusetts’ starring role in American history was cemented when the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620. But ever the over-achiever, the Bay State was also where the Salem Witch Trials, Boston Tea Party, and part of the Revolutionary War went down. This wealth of history is evident as soon as you set foot on Boston’s Freedom Trail—but don’t just stay stuck in the past. The best things to do in Massachusetts range from catching Red Sox games at Fenway Park and getting scholarly at Harvard to leaf-peeping in the Berkshires and summering on Cape Cod.

Top 15 attractions in Massachusetts

Boston Common

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The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. At 50 acres (20 hectares), it is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston’s neighborhoods. The historic park was once a campground for British troops during the Revolutionary War.More

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

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Faneuil Hall is a bustling marketplace best known for its ever-changing lineup of street performers and its central location on Boston’s historic Freedom Trail. Tourists and locals alike flock to the complex’s shops and Quincy Market, featuring 30-plus food stalls selling everything from exotic coffee to fresh seafood and artisanal bread.More

Boston North End

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Boston’s oldest residential neighborhood, the North End has been inhabited since the 1630s and is now the city’s Little Italy. Visit to see a variety of historical and cultural attractions, such as the Paul Revere House (the starting place of his famous “midnight ride” in 1775) and enjoy Italian-American fare.More

Quincy Market

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The main hub of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market has attracted locals and visitors alike for nearly 200 years. The historic food hall located within a Greek Revival-style building is packed with more than 50 shops, 14 restaurants, and 40 food court stops—plus stalls and pushcarts selling everything from exotic coffee to fresh seafood and artisanal bread.More

Bewitched Statue

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Located in Lappin Park in Salem, the Bewitched Statue is a tribute to actress Elizabeth Montgomery, the star of the popular 1960s show, Bewitched. Unveiled in 2005, the 9-foot (2.7-meter tall bronze statue features Montgomery’s character, the fictional witch Samantha Stephens, sitting on a broomstick in front of a crescent moon.More

Beacon Hill

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Home to the Massachusetts State House, Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood is reminiscent of 19th-century London—replete with cobbled streets, brownstone buildings, and flower-filled window boxes. At night, gas lanterns flicker to life and create a romantic atmosphere for fine dining and bar-hopping.More

USS Constitution

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Built in 1797 and named by George Washington, the three-masted USS Constitution frigate in Boston is the United States Navy's oldest commissioned ship and one of the world's oldest warships. Visitors can go aboard the ship, docked at Boston's Charlestown Navy Yard and restored to its original glory, to explore an important slice of US history.More

Granary Burying Ground

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The Granary Burying Ground was founded in 1660 and the cemetery is a key stop on the Freedom Trail. This colonial sight is perhaps best known for its esteemed residents, and the gravestones are a who's-who of 17th- and 18th-century New England notables. Important Bostonians interred here include Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, among others.More

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

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Relive the events of December 16, 1773 at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Located in Boston Harbor, this floating museum provides visitors with an immersive experience, complete with full-scale replica tea ships, live costumed actors, a multi-sensory documentary, interactive exhibits, historic artifacts, and more.More

Massachusetts State House

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Crowning Boston’s Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts State House is the seat of Massachusetts’ government and one of many sites on the city’s Freedom Trail—a red-brick route connecting its American Revolution-related landmarks. Opened in 1798, the gold-domed building has an impressive interior filled with art and historical artifacts.More

Boston Symphony Hall

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Home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Hall is considered one of the top classical music venues in the United States. A US National Historic Landmark, the hall is also known for its beautiful interior and is considered to have one of the best acoustics of any music hall in the world.More

Old South Meeting House

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Dating from 1729, Boston’s Old South Meeting House was a congregational church and a gathering place for protestors who sparked the American Revolution with the 1773 Boston Tea Party. A key site on Boston’s Freedom Trail, the brick building is now a museum where visitors can chart the beginnings of the country’s 1776 revolution.More

Boston Old State House

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Built in 1713, Boston's Old State House is the city’s oldest public building and considered pivotal to prerevolutionary US history. Dwarfed by Boston’s skyscrapers and a fixture on its revolution-tracing Freedom Trail, the onetime government building is now a museum to the city’s revolutionary era and the events that kindled the American Revolution.More

Salem Witch Museum

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At the Salem Witch Museum, relive the tragic Salem witch trials of 1692 through a series of life-size stage sets. See and hear how neighbors turned against neighbors, and learn more about everyone involved. You’ll also get an overview of the evolving perception of witches throughout history.More

Salem Witch Trials Memorial

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The Salem Witch Trials Memorial preserves a moment in history, when 17th-century residents of colonial Massachusetts tried and executed women and men accused of witchcraft. The site, a small grassy area surrounded by stone walls and locust trees, is just one of the many witchcraft hysteria attractions in the historical town of Salem.More

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All about Massachusetts

When to visit

Massachusetts may be a year-round destination, but fall is the best time to visit the New England state. Leaf-peepers come from far and wide to admire its vibrant foliage as the seasons turn; students flock to Boston’s many universities; and Salem gets extra spooky as Halloween rolls around. But if warm weather is more your style, summertime delights include hitting the beach on Martha’s Vineyard, festive Fourth of July fireworks, and lobster rolls galore.

Getting around

Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city, so it’s a major transit hub. Served by Boston Logan International Airport and South Station (the state’s largest train station), the city is also crisscrossed by "T" and local buses. Ferries and water taxis offer a pretty way to explore Boston Harbor (and take you to the coastal state’s most popular island destinations), while various bus companies serve other parts of the state.

Traveler tips

Massachusetts is home to some of the country’s most celebrated craft breweries—and can be credited in part with kicking off the New England-style IPA trend. Hit up Trillium Brewing’s Boston locations for high-octane stouts and double IPAs, or head to Salem for Czech-style lagers at Notch Brewery. And if it’s hype-chasing you’re after, Tree House Brewing Company draws huge crowds for its can releases.

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Cape Cod is famous for being one of the East Coast’s most in-demand and exclusive beach destinations. Celebrated for its miles of attractive coastline and charming small towns, it’s one of New England’s top summertime seaside resorts. It’s also known for its walking trails, whale-watching opportunities, and art galleries.

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