Information for visitors to Massachusetts, MA
These days western massachusetts promotes itself as a cultural rival to Boston, the Berkshires hosts the Tanglewood music festival in summer. Amherst, the home of Emily Dickinson is a college community, as well as it's neighbor, Northampton - both have lots of restaurants, bookstores and cafés. In the northwest corner is Williamstown, at the end of the scenic Mohawk Trail.
Cape Cod is undeniably beautiful and if you find yourself in the region midweek in May or September - when hotel prices are much lower, the crowds have thinned, and the weather usually very pleasant - it's certainly worth a visit.
The islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, to the south of the cape, are dependent on tourism for their livelihood, and a trip there is recommended. Two historic towns, one west and one north of the Cape, are worth a visit - New Bedford and Plymouth.
Northward out of Boston, there are rich little ports that have been swallowed up by the suburbs: Salem and at nearby Marblehead, George Washington had five vessels built there. Try to visit the old fishing ports of Rockport and Gloucester. They're the best places for whale-watching.
Boston, General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport Code: BOS
Nantucket Memorial Airport
Worcester Regional Airport
Code: ORH .
When visiting Massachusetts, Boston comes highly recommended. Then there's Cambridge, the home of Harvard University. Other historic towns include Salem in the north, Concord and Lexington inland, and Plymouth in the south. Provincetown is at the tip of Cape Cod and is a fun place to visit, the rest of the Cape offers more historic towns and lovely beaches. Inland Massachusetts is much quieter.
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