Massachusetts has always been a happening kind of place. It's where the Pilgrim Fathers first settled, back in 1620; it's where the Boston Tea Party helped to ignite the American Revolution; it's where the USA's first university, Harvard, was founded.And it's a happening place still. With the must-see city of Boston at its heart, it's got beaches, islands, historic towns, rolling hills and a vibrant cultural scene - in fact everything you need for a fabulous holiday.
If it's sun, sea and sand you're after, then head to the North Shore and Cape Cod, or to the gorgeous islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Cape Cod is New England's summer playground and has over 300 miles of fantastic golden beaches complete with dunes, tide pools and Atlantic surf. There's dozens of charming coastal communities to explore, including the Kennedys' favourite hangout of Hyannisport, and Wellfleet with its historic buildings and art galleries.
History is everywhere on holidays in Massachusetts, and there's plenty to discover. Boston's Freedom Trail takes in 16 crucial sites along the road to American independence, while at Plymouth you can pay homage to the Pilgrim Fathers at the spot where they first stepped ashore. Lexington Green is where the first shots of the Revolutionary War rang out, and at Old Sturbridge Village you can get a feel for what life for early settlers was really like.
To the west of the State you'll find the bustling college town of Pioneer Valley before you hit the Berkshires, which offer up a classic slice of New England rural life. Wooded hills and valleys are home to some charming towns like Stockbridge and Lenox, and waiting for the summer arts season to begin, or the Fall foliage to turn blazing red, is the order of the day.
Holidays in Massachusetts have something for everyone: just take your pick.