With a major role in establishing the new nation - since the first wave of Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620 - it could be said that Massachusetts is where
A century later, Massachusetts became a hotbed of colonial revolt against unfair taxation by the British, leading to the famous Boston Tea Party in 1773.
The colony was also to later initiate the official start of the Revolutionary War, when Minute Men opened fire on British troops at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.
Throughout the 1800's, Massachusetts became a leader in manufacturing, shipping and commercial fishing as well as producing some of the country's greatest writers and intellects.
Together with its scenic wonders, and literary and historical associations, today Massachusetts is a prime tourist destination beginning with Boston on the east coast, the natural beauty of nearby Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, and to its western reaches world class Massachusetts ski resorts in the Berkshire Mountains, along with quaint bed & breakfast inns located throughout the state.
Major tourist attractions in Massachusetts include historic Boston (left), spectacular summer
scenery in Cape Cod (middle), and world-class skiing in the Berkshire Mountains (right).
Family-friendly Boston & Cape Cod
Get immediately acquainted with Boston aboard the classic 80-minute Boston Duck Tour, an amphibious World War II craft that hits all the major historical attractions, followed by an exciting plunge into the Charles River.
With younger kids and toddlers in tow, also don't miss a visit to the Children's Museum for a fun afternoon of hands-on educational projects and play activities. For kids of all ages, a trip to Boston's New England Aquarium features eye-popping exhibits, hands-on activity areas, and the region's largest IMAX theater. You can also sign up on line for sponsored whale watching tours here.
South of Boston follow the crowds to Cape Cod. It remains New England's summer mecca with miles of sand dunes and beaches with Skaket Beach in Orleans among the most family-friendly of them - featuring gentle waves and picnic areas for dining al fresco amid 360-degree views of the bay side of the Cape.
For more fun in the sun, bike rentals are available throughout the Cape. For beginners and especially for families with younger kids, a bicycle tour of the Cape Cod Canal Bike Trail, features a wide (and mostly flat) path which runs for approximately 7 - 8 miles between the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges.
DID YOU KNOW? Massachusetts Travel Fun Facts
Invented in MASS: the Fig Newton
• Massachusetts knows what you like. It is the birthplace of Boston baked beans, the corn muffin, the chocolate chip cookie, Cape Cod potato chips, and Boston cream pie.
• The world's first Fig Newton cookies were produced by The Kennedy Biscuit Works (later Nabisco) in the town of Newton.
• When you stroll through Boston Common know that you are walking through America's first public park, established in 1634.
• The house that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The House of the Seven Gables" - built in 1668 - still stands and is available for touring in Salem.
More information about Massachusetts travel & tourism around the Web:
Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism -
The official site featuring seasonal events, news and updates, guides to the top attractions throughout the state, hotels, restaurants,
bed & breakfasts, featured tours, maps & directions.