There’s something about being perched high over the landscape that can fill you with wonder. When you want a dose of natural beauty, take a trip to any of these gorgeous scenic overlooks in Massachusetts. They’re situated in the perfect spots to give you maximum view for (in most cases) minimum effort.
Please note that some of the addresses given are approximate as many of the overlooks don’t have specific address of their own.
1. Adams Overlook, Adams
Adams Overlook is located over the town of Adams along the Mount Greylock Scenic Byway. It’s a pull-off location that offers stunning views with 180 degrees of beautiful Berkshire Hills scenery. You can see as far as 60-70 miles on a clear day. There are parking areas that allow visitors to enjoy the scenery safely. If you’re driving down this road it’s always worth pulling over, stretching your legs and getting an eyeful of the gorgeous landscape below. (30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough)
2. Mount Sugarloaf Overlook, South Deerfield
Mount Sugarloaf is a relatively small mountain with just over 600 feet in elevation, but it offers a stunning overlook that is easily accesible. After driving one mile to the top of the mountain and paying a small $6 to park your car, you can walk up a short paved path to a building that offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains, rivers and forest. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy your meal gazing out across the gorgeous landscape. (300 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield)
3. Quabbin Reservoir Overlook
The Quabbin Reservoir is one of this state’s most enchanting manmade natural wonders. It supplies water to much of the Boston area and is positively stunning on a sunny day. Drive up to the Quabbin Reservoir Overlook to take in the splendor of this area from on high. (485 Ware Road, Belchertown)
4. Crane Estate, Ipswich
You'll enjoy fields of green and gorgeous waterfront views at this extravagant estate.
5. Aquinnah Cliffs Overlook, Martha’s Vineyard
Gazing out over the rainbow cliffs of Aquinnah is an experience unlike any other in the state. The multicolored sands and clays that streak these cliffs with their brilliant hues looks even more stunning from a distance. If you can tear yourself away from the view, go ahead and check out the cliffs from below while enjoying the wonderful beach at their feet.
6. Madonna Queen of the Universe, Boston
Even if you're not religious, this towering shrine offers a dramatic view of the waters surrounding Boston. It's the perfect spot to take some photographs or just sit and admire the scenery. (111 Orient Ave, Boston)
7. Skywalk Observatory, Boston
Who says "scenic" can’t mean glittering high-rises and urban sprawl? The Skywalk Observatory offers an unparalleled view of the city that is usually only available to the birds. Situated atop the Prudential Center, it's the perfect place to watch the sunset in the city. (800 Boylston Street, Boston)
8. Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown
If you don’t mind a bit of legwork (252 feet of legwork, to be exact) then scaling this gorgeous tower is the perfect way to see the Cape like never before. Pilgrim Monument is the tallest granite structure in the United States and offers breathtaking views of Provincetown and beyond. It was completed in 1910 and the view from the top has been wowing locals and visitors every since. (1 High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown)
9. Bascom Lodge, Mount Greylock
You don't even have to strap on your hiking boots to get to this scenic mountain overlook. Simply drive to the top of Mount Greylock and enjoy the staggering views of the landscape below. Hint: this spot is particularly beautiful in the fall when the foliage turns to brilliant hues of gold, scarlet and orange. (30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough)
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