Follow in the footsteps of revolutionaries along the Freedom Trail in Boston, which takes you to numerous colonial homes, meeting halls and other sites associated with the American Revolution. But don't miss the chance to enjoy the more modern pleasures of New England's biggest city, from exploring the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium to shopping on swanky Newbury Street or lifting a beer at the pub that inspired the TV series "Cheers."
Boston offers pro sports fans many teams to cheer for (or against), including the NHL's Bruins, the NBA's Celtics and the New England Patriots of the NFL. Baseball fans can indulge in a unique treat: watching Major League Baseball's Cinderella team, the Boston Red Sox, playing in one of the league's oldest and most intimate stadiums, Fenway Park.
Despite all the attractions of Beantown, Bostonians love to get away for the weekend. One popular spot is the Berkshires, the picturesque hills of western Massachusetts, where you can enjoy summer outdoor concerts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood estate in Lenox or explore America's largest collection of contemporary art at MASS MoCA in North Adams. If all that sounds too sedentary, this is also a great area for hiking, cycling and skiing.
Speaking of outdoor pursuits, Massachusetts boast 2400 kilometres (1500 miles) of Atlantic coastline, perfect for tanning, fishing, sailing or whale watching. North of Boston, learn about the infamous 17th-century witch trials in Salem or visit the picturesque artists' colony of Rocky Neck. South of Boston, don't miss Plymouth Rock and the reconstructed Plimouth Plantation. Then head to Cape Cod, where you can visit the John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis or explore the 109-square-kilometre (27,000-acre) Cape Cod National Seashore.