MA Posted in Massachusetts July 03, 2016 by Sophia 11 Marvels In Massachusetts That Must Be Seen To Be Believed These places in Massachusetts are utterly unique, and definitely worth a visit. Check out these man-made and natural marvels that are hiding right in our own backyard. 1. Glacial Potholes, Shelburne Falls Flickr/Downtownstreets Flickr/Paul Cooper Geology can definitely be cool. These glacial “potholes” can be found in the bedrock of the Deerfield River. They were formed over 14,000 years ago by the glacier that also created Lake Hitchcock. Check them out on your way to the next spot on our list. 2. Martini Junction, Needham Flickr/Val D'Aquila Flickr/Val D'Aquila Deep in the Needham Town Forest, there is a 120-foot miniature model railroad that has to be seen to be believed. Built and operated by a single local resident as a passion project, the railroad features lots of tiny buildings and figurines arranged in the trees and right on the forest floor. 3. Hammond Castle, Gloucester Hammond Castle Hammond Castle This remarkable castle was built in 1926 as a wedding present to the wife of John Hays Hammond, a local inventor. Today, the castle is filled with ancient Roman, Renaissance and Medieval artifacts from Hammond's private collection, and is open for public tours. 4. Bash Bish Falls, Mt. Greylock State Park Flickr/PROlastonein Flickr/OtroPX This two-pronged waterfall is the tallest and most majestic in the state. Nestled in the Taconic Mountains, its waters cascade over 280 feet into a cold, clear pool at the base of steep cliffs. Swimming is not allowed, but the view from the rocks is just as good. 5. MIT Chapel, Cambridge Flickr/Thomas Hawk Flickr/Thomas Hawk Designed by famous architect Eero Saarinen in 1955, this chapel is utterly unique. Natural light cascades from a skylight over the altar, and visitors will definitely experience a sense of peaceful wonder. 6. Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls Flickr/MOTT Flickr/MOTT - An inspiration for artists and lovers alike, this colorful bridge is covered with blooms and blossoms of all varieties. Perfect for a few beautiful snapshots or even a sunset proposal. 7. Rockport Paper House, Rockport Flickr/Walquist Lynch Flickr/Danielle Wallquist Lynch This curious building is over 80 years old and built entirely of newspapers. The summer home of a former Rockport resident, this house is now open for tours by the public. 8. Purgatory Chasm, Sutton Flickr/Matt and Rachel Flickr/Jason Kasper - This place is a quarter-mile of dramatic granite crags with pretty wonderful names; Fat Man’s Misery, Lovers’ Leap and the Coffin are among the best. Part of Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, the trail that leads through this scenic spot will definitely give you a dose of wonder. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes if you visit, as the grant can be very slippery, especially when wet. 9. Royalston Falls, Royalston Flickr/MOTT Bash Bish Falls gets most of the press, but these falls in Royalston are equally spectacular. The water falls 45 feet into a sparkling basin, and the icy spray that surrounds the cascade is perfectly refreshing after the 0.8-mile hike to the falls. 10. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich Flickr/MOTT Flickr/Valerie Hinojosa This place was the filming site for Flowers in the Attic and The Witches of Eastwick, so you know it has character. The Crane Estate includes a magnificent sweeping lawn that rivals those found at the finest European palaces. 11. Mapparium, Boston Flickr/Smart Destinations Flickr/Chase Elliot Clark The Mary Baker Eddy Library hosts a word-famous, three-story stained-glass globe, and it's pretty awesome. LED lights will guide your way though the magnificent panoramic experience.Originally constructed in 1932, the Mapparium has been designated a historical landmark, and it has been decided that country boundaries will not be changed. If you have a taste for the unexpected, check out the most unusual places you can go in Massachusetts.