Beautiful beaches just a hop, skip and a jump from the big city

With an exquisite coastline, historical cities and abundant parkland, Massachusetts has an incredible variety of places to explore. Thanks to its location, with New York to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the state experiences coastal breezes during the summers, heavy snows in the winter and stunning colors in spring and fall.

Massachusetts, like many other states in New England, is steeped in American history. Tour the waterfront where the momentous Boston Tea Party took place and visit Harvard, the oldest university in the United States. Just north of Boston lies Cape Cod National Seashore, home to quaint fishing towns and plenty of beautiful shoreline. The islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard offer fresh seafood, beautiful lighthouses, rugged cliffs, rich whaling history, Native American culture and quiet beaches. The Cape Cod National Seashore offers sprawling beaches and rugged bluffs, bike paths, surfing spots and campsites. The state is also home to over 180,000 hectares of state parks and forests including the Berkshires, Wendell State Forest, Fall River Heritage State Park and more.