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Find Massachusetts Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Massachusetts.

About Massachusetts

Massachusetts is also known as the Bay State, because of its proximity to several large bays.

The state capital of Massachusetts is Boston.

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Find out more about Massachusetts before you travel there.

Map of Massachusetts

County Map of Massachusetts:
Colourful map of Massachusetts showing the location of all 14 counties:
Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester.

Massachusetts Information

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is one of the six New England states. The others are: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

States neighbouring Massachusetts are: Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Massachusetts is an important intellectual centre with Harvard University, in Cambridge, leading the way and other cultural institutions in Boston close behind.

Massachusetts is famous for its coastal resorts; especially the sandy beaches at Cape Cod. Presidents often spend their holidays at Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard, or Nantucket Islands.

There are ferries to Martha's Vineyard from Woods Hole, Falmouth, Hyannis, New Bedford, Montauk (Long Island) and Nantucket.

Among the most famous historical landmarks is Plymouth Rock, where the pilgrims are said to have landed in 1620.

You can also visit the birthplace of President Kennedy at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, in Brookline.

Massachusetts Vacation:
Things to know when planning a vacation in Massachusetts, including how to eat a lobster.

New England:
Previews of the region's historic attractions, cultural events, outdoor adventures, educational institutions, shopping, lodging and entertainment.


Boston is the capital of Massachusetts, and the largest city in New England.

Boston was once America's most important port, due to its excellent natural harbour, and you can walk through the city's history on the self-guided Freedom Trail.

The Black Heritage Trail also starts in the area, and has a popular historic significance.

Go Boston Card:
One low price includes a 2-day trolley pass, whale watch, zoo, museums, historic sites, excursions and much more. There's also a free 146-page, full colour pocket guidebook and savings of up to 20% on shopping and dining throughout the city.

Museum of Fine Arts:
Explore the exhibitions and permanent collection of the MFA in Boston.


Concord is a quaint New England village famed for its revolutionary and literary history.

Concord has an historical connection to the Transcendentalists and the nature conservation/ecology movements. It is not surprising that our town enjoys great physical beauty and much of interest to scientists, hikers, boaters, fishermen, and every other kind of outdoor enthusiast.

Accommodation in Concord

Colonial Inn: Concord, Massachusetts.
48 Monument Square.

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Colonial Inn.

Concord's Colonial Inn is an enduring landmark of gracious hospitality in historic Concord, Massachusetts.

The Inn was originally built in 1716 and has operated as a hotel since 1889.

The 56 guest rooms are each individually appointed to reflect the Colonial style of the property, complete with antiques and Early American-inspired interiors.

Hotel amenities include several restaurants, a tavern and nightly entertainment.

Martha's Vineyard

Located just 7 miles off the Massachusetts coastline, the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard is a world apart, offering a vacation ambience unlike any other.

Martha's Vineyard:
Explore the diversity of the six island towns, take long walks along pristine shores and step back in time to a more leisurely pace. Each season offers something different on Martha’s Vineyard.

Things To Do:
From Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce.

Travel To Martha's Vineyard:
How to get to Martha's Vineyard and what to do when you get there.


Nantucket Airlines:
Fly Nantucket to Hyannis in just 12 minutes. Nantucket Airlines leaves Hyannis on the half hour and Nantucket on the hour - every day.

Nantucket Island at a Glance:
Thirty miles off the Massachusetts coast, this crescent-shaped island is in a world by itself. Cobblestone streets and an array of stately Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival homes reflect Nantucket Town’s history as a prosperous whaling port.

Accommodation in Nantucket

Beachside at Nantucket: Nantucket, Massachusetts.
30 North Beach Street.

Official Website:
Beachside at Nantucket.

Located on historic Nantucket Island, 30 miles at sea from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the Beachside offers the perfect getaway spot for family vacations as well as corporate retreats and conferences.

Situated in the lovely Brant Point residential neighbourhood, the Beachside is a short 5 minute walk to Jetties Beach and a leisurely 12 minute walk to Main Street.

There is a heated outdoor pool on the grounds, and a tennis club is located at Jetties Beach.

The hotel consists of 90 bright and cheery guest rooms with private baths, air-conditioning, small refrigerators, and cable television. Some rooms have their own private outdoor verandas.

Seven Sea Street Inn: Nantucket, Massachusetts.
7 Sea Street.

Official Website:
Seven Sea Street Inn.

Seven Sea Street is a beautiful red oak post and beam Inn, designed and constructed with an authentic Nantucket ambiance in mind.

Seven Sea Street is the only Inn on the Island which offers guests a relaxing Jacuzzi Spa, HDTV and a stunning view of Nantucket Harbour from the Widow's Walk deck.

The Inn is nestled on a quiet tree-lined side street and less than a five-minute walk from Main Street, Children's Beach, and Steamboat Wharf.

Beach towels and chairs, a bike patio and rack, a lovely garden, and limited off-street parking are also provided for guests.

Wauwinet Inn: Nantucket, Massachusetts.
120 Wauwinet Road.

Official Website:
Wauwinet Inn.

An idyllic blend of extraordinary service, superior food, gracious comfort and delightful surroundings has earned The Wauwinet critical acclaim, including membership in the prestigious association of Relais and Chateaux.

The Wauwinet's spectacular location provides an unmatched vantage point from which to explore Nantucket, or to relax and enjoy the serenity of this peaceful island retreat.

Inside the Nantucket inn, the setting provides all the personalized amenities of a world-class retreat, combined with the charm and sophistication of an historic European inn.

The inn's TOPPER'S restaurant features exquisite cuisine and boasts an award winning wine cellar.

Cape Cod

Cape Cod Online:
If you're thinking about Cape Cod, and who doesn't when they travel to Massachusetts, then drop in here for the latest from Cape Cod Times.

Cape Cod Wildlife Trails

Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket boast scores of scenic trails and pristine beaches that are ideal for leisurely walks and rambles.

Courtyard by Marriott: Cape Cod Hyannis, Massachusetts.
707 Route 132.

Official Website:
Courtyard by Marriott.

The hotel designed by business travellers, Courtyard by Marriott surrounds you with all the comforts that make business and pleasure travel easy.

Get ready for the day ahead in one of the guest rooms featuring cable television with free HBO premium channel, comfortable sitting area, free wired high speed Internet access, hairdryer, in-room coffee and tea service, iron and board, small refrigerator, spacious well-lit work desk with ergonomic chair, two dataport telephones with speaker and voicemail.

When you need to relax and unwind at the end of the day, take advantage of the exercise room and heated indoor swimming pool.

Free outdoor parking.

Captain Farris House:
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this charming and romantic bed and breakfast inn is located on mid Cape Cod, in the historic Bass River Village of South Yarmouth.


The Mayflower Pilgrims landed here in 1620, before moving on to found the Plymouth Colony. The Pilgrim Monument commemorates this historic landing.

This charming New England town, surrounded by National Parkland beaches, is situated at the very tip of Cape Cod. Among its attractions, away from the beaches, are traditional New England captain's houses, churches, cottages, hotels and beautiful inns. There are also plenty of shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes.

Provincetown Fast Ferry: (Bay State Cruise)
This summer, make the trip between Boston and Provincetown in speed and style. Forget about Cape Cod traffic and parking hassles and set sail, with Boston's oldest and largest ferry operator, for a journey that only takes 90 minutes.

Provincetown Tourism:
When most people think Provincetown, they think beautiful beaches and crowded summer streets. The warmer months are the Cape’s busiest time, but Provincetown is quickly becoming a favourite vacation spot year-round.

Accommodation in Provincetown

The Carriage House Guesthouse:
Enjoy a wonderful blend of luxurious space, amenities, privacy and location in a stylish and contemporary setting.

Around Massachusetts

Lowell Folk Festival:
The largest free folk festival in the US: performers, schedules, and map.

The Berkshires:
The Berkshires of western Massachusetts are one of New England's great hidden treasures for cultural heritage and Ecotourism.

Massachusetts Municipalities

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