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From coastal Cape Cod, its beauty sculpted by the Atlantic, to the lively Berkshire arts scene in the west, Massachusetts weaves the story of New England. Contemporary style mixes with history in settings that move from endless beaches to rolling hills. Multicultural Boston, a waterfront mecca whose cobblestone streets are lined with sleek boutiques, is where Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere lived and President John F. Kennedy was born. The Pilgrims landed in Provincetown, where today’s mix of history and hipness is astounding. Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard islands entice visitors to shop, explore golden beaches, and learn about whaling history. Meanwhile, in the west, Great Barrington boasts culinary greatness; State of Massachusettsworld-class cultural institutions turn up everywhere; and places like the Pioneer Valley and Berkshire County offer interesting and eclectic college towns in Amherst, Northampton, and Williamstown—hotbeds of vibrant energy. Grounded in history, propelled by restless curiosity, Massachusetts rewards its visitors with fresh surprises.

Massachusetts Destinations

  • Nantucket Island in the Spring

    Nantucket Island in the Spring

    There is something almost ceremonial about the first ferry ride of the spring/summer season, especially after a long New England winter. After an hour-long ride from Hyannis, I arrived in Nantucket harbor with my husband (and expert travel partner) to beautiful spring weather. Our island getaway took place the weekend...Read more

Massachusetts Articles

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    It's the responsibility of any good history museum to tell both sides of a story. That's somewhat more difficult when one side is a whale. The New Bedford Whaling Museum has successfully struck a balance between history and natural science that fully explores the complex and often bloody relationship between Earth's...Read more

Jud's Journal

  • Massachusetts

    On this episode of Jud's Journal, Yankee Magazine Editor in Chief touches on Colonial history, the Puritans of Massachusetts, and the American work ethic.
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