Experience Massachusetts' historical and natural wonders

17 September 2018

Massachusetts is bursting with historic sites and natural beauty. American heritage and culture stretch across the Bay State, from the mountains of the Berkshires to historic ports along the coast. Uncover some of the most spectacular historical and natural wonders of Massachusetts, from America’s oldest ballpark to the rustic coastlines of Cape Cod.

A rich history

In Boston, visitors can stroll through historic Beacon Hill and the North End neighbourhood where you’ll find the best Italian food outside of Italy. Cross the river to Cambridge and tour the prestigious university campuses of Harvard and MIT, or for a lesson in American history travel to Provincetown and Plymouth and learn about the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620, where 400th anniversary commemoration events will take place through to 2020.

Massachusetts is also the birthplace of the American Revolution, and famous revolutionary sites include the Freedom Trail and Minuteman National Historic Park. There’s a rich history and heritage in sports too, and Massachusetts is home to some of the greatest champion sports teams and best athletes. Basketball, for example, was invented in Springfield, and Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is America’s oldest ballpark. The Bay State is also home to some of the world’s most famous sports brands too, including New Balance, Converse and Reebok, and of course Boston hosts the world’s oldest and annual marathon - the Boston Marathon.

Natural wonders

If you want to discover the great American outdoors, Massachusetts is the place where you can enjoy nature from rolling hills to beaches all year round, such as Cape Cod National Seashore, a national park site encompassing nearly 44,000 acres of preserved coastline. There are plenty of scenic hiking and walking trails, and everything from road races to hikes for the whole family.

Enjoy the scenic side of Massachusetts with a visit to any of the 100+ preserved parks, historic homes, and rural areas maintained by the Trustees of the Reservation. Visit the 251-acre coast cape of World’s End in Hingham, which was designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, stop at the National Historic Landmark of Old Manse in Concord which became the centre of American philosophy and literary ideals, or experience the Gilded-Age country estate of Naumkeag in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. 

Explore Massachusetts on your next USA adventure - get in touch with your local Travel Counsellor to learn more.

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