Massachusetts is the true definition of New England and American freedom from the British rule. It is the home of the first American colony, first public school, first public library, first American university, the first battle shot of Independence, and much much more.

The state is well known as the Bay state. It is the proud owner of three large bays: Cape Cod Bay, Buzzards Bay, and the Massachusetts Bay. The beautiful Boston Harbor Islands are just a short ferry ride away from the city of Boston.

Massachusetts Regions

Let’s start from the mountainous west. The Berkshire Hills dominates the western Massachusetts landscape. The west is home to quaint villages and vibrant green landscape that turn gorgeous during the fall.

Berkshire is where the rich from the neighboring state of Connecticut and New York come to enjoy the fall colors.

Next to the Berkshire is the Pioneer Valley. Three counties are nestled in this region: The Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties.

In the heart of Massachusetts is North County and South County. 

The Northeast region of the state cradles the Merrimack Valley. Below that is the most famous region – the Greater Boston area. The capital city of Boston is present here and so are Cambridge and Quincy.

Cambridge is home to both the Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Boston is home to roughly half a million student population. It’s a great city (and just four and half hours car drive from the New York City)

Worcester is another bigger town which used to be an industrial hub. Springfield, the cultural center of Massachusetts is also in the greater Boston area. It has an Armory Historic Park which you should check out.

On the Southeast, you can find the Fall River which is bustling with fishing communities. Cape Cod is a busy tourist area with golden beaches and bohemian art galleries.

West of Boston is the window to hilly terrain and quiet villages. Blackstone Valley Corridor is the base scenery. The West being quiet and the East is crowded. It has famous cities with ethnic diversity. You can do whale watching in Gloucester or go for skiing at the Appalachian Trail.

For some artistic escape, go to Rockport and Northampton, both of which have a lively art scene with thriving galleries and theaters. Adventure and action can be done everywhere around the state.

You can go fishing, wildlife viewing, or trekking.

Note: Pepper spray is considered a weapon in Massachusetts, and is sold only by licensed dealers to persons who have obtained a firearms identification card. Out-of-state visitors should be advised that Massachusetts does not honor firearms licenses from other states.

November 22, 2016 10:53 am Published by

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