This state may be small on the map, but looms remarkably large in American culture. The philosophy and planning that led to the American Revolution was plotted in part in the state's churches, meeting halls, and taverns. The opening battle, the "shot heard around the world", was fought on its soil. The state had the first university in the United States, and is now home to hundreds of colleges. It gave birth to the first native literary movement. The first basketball game was played here too. Beyond that deep history, this state features popular beaches, hundreds of cultural festivals, and incredible scenery. Every fall, it becomes covered in foliage so beautiful it must be seen to believe.
Highlights from Massachusetts
- Boston New England's largest city is a treasure house of colonial history combined with cutting edge innovation from dozens of universities
- Lexington and Concord The remarkably preserved small towns where the American Revolution started.
- Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard Beautiful area in the southeast part of the state whose long history as beach vacation hot spots nearly obscures their equally important role in maritime history.
- The Berkshires Incredibly beautiful region in the western part of the state overflowing with summer cultural attractions, including the Boston Symphony.
- Springfield This small city in the western part of the state gave birth to items as diverse as the Springfield rifle, basketball, and Doctor Seuss.
- Fall Foliage Nearly everyone has seen pictures of this famous October display, when trees turn every color of the rainbow. None of them can compare to the experience in real life.
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