Massachusetts January 09, 2018
10 Places In Massachusetts That Are Better Than Anywhere Else In The Country
Sometimes it’s easy to see why people born in Massachusetts tend to stick around. This state is full of places of unrivaled beauty. Here are ten spots across the state that will fill you with wonder.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Cape Cod National Seashore
More than just pretty beaches (though you can definitely find plenty of those here), the Cape Cod National Seashore is a vast expanse of protected natural environments that range from white cedar swamp to stunning coastal forests. Bring both your bathing suit and hiking boots to this epic spot.
2. Mohawk Trail
What began as a trade route for the native peoples of Massachusetts is now one of the most scenic areas in the state and a hugely popular drive. The Mohawk Trail extends for about 69 miles from Athol to Williamstown and passes through some truly stunning Berkshire mountain scenery.
3. Nantucket Island
While many people lump Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard together as "the islands," each community has its own unique flavor. Nantucket is a beautiful island of idyllic beaches, quaint grey-shingled homes and laidback summery vibes.
4. Mount Greylock
Mount Greylock is the tallest mountain in Massachusetts and definitely one of the most dramatic natural spots in the state. Crowned with the movingly beautiful Veterans War Memorial Tower and the cozy Bascom Lodge, this peak is perfect for hiking and exploring.
5. Pioneer Valley
The Pioneer Valley is known for its scenery and as a vacation destination. The Holyoke Range, Mount Tom Range, and numerous rolling hills, bluffs, and meadows feature lavish homes from the Gilded Age, many of which surround New England's longest and largest river, the Connecticut River, which flows through the region. Much of the area is forest and parkland.
When you’re looking for a picture-perfect day trip destination, look no further than Stockbridge. This charming community was the inspiration for much of Normal Rockwell’s idealized vision of small town American life. It’s a lovely town filled with local shops, cozy inns and great dining.
7. Shelburne Falls
Shelburne Falls is a beautiful town out in Western Massachusetts that is packed with natural beauty. Between the blossoming Bridge of Flowers, the ancient glacial potholes and the surrounding rural landscape, this is one town that isn't lacking in good looks.
8. Beartown State Forest
Beartown State Forest is where you’ll find more than 12,000 acres of gorgeous natural woodland and beautiful hiking trails. This state forest is a hidden gem that offers a great mix of hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate intensity, as well as opportunities to spot local wildlife like deer and fisher cats.
9. Bash Bish Falls, Mount Washington
Bash Bish Falls is the highest waterfall in the state and one of the most beautiful in New England. This natural wonder tumbles nearly 200 feet into a crystal pool set into a dramatic cauldron of boulders. It’s a must-see.
10. Metacomet-Monadnock Trail
At 148 miles, this beautiful footpath will take you on a winding expedition through Hamden, Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester counties. The Metacomet-Monadnock Trail is best suited for experienced hikers, but anyone can jump in for a few miles of the trek.
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