Posted in Massachusetts December 17, 2015 by Sophia 18 Undeniable Reasons Why Everyone Should Love Massachusetts What do Ben Franklin, Edgar Allen Poe, and Steven Tyler all have in common? These Massachusetts natives could all tell you why the Bay State is an incredible place to be. 1. The Kennedys Flickr/manhhai Love them or hate them, the Kennedy family is pretty close to American royalty. All the drama of the Kardashians without the reality show. 2. The Wine Flickr/Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism No, really! Massachusetts has over 29 apple, blueberry, cranberry, peach, and grape wineries. If you prefer to snack and sip, there’s even an official Wine and Cheese trail. 3. Cranberries Flickr/Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism From cranberry bogs to cranberry sauce, you can’t go far in Massachusetts without running into this tart berry. And speaking of regional snacks… 4. Love Fig Newtons? Greg Reibman, village14.com They were named after the town of Newton, Massachusetts. Sorry Sir Isaac. 5. Baked Beans Flickr/Alan Nakkash Boston prefers its beans hot and sweet. Or as candy-coated peanuts. Where else can you share a handful of baked beans on the nation's oldest subway? 6. Boston Creme Pie Flickr/jeffreyw Half cake, half pudding, 100% local decadence 7. Whales Flickr/Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism With the world famous Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution right here, there’s no better place to head out to sea and meet a whale or two. 8. Fall Foliage Flickr/Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism Massachusetts knows how to do fall. 9. The Cape Cod National Seashore Wikimedia Commons/JCefaly This seaside national park boasts over 40 miles of protected coastline and natural splendor. It's not just for the beach bums though; the CCNS includes explorable marshlands, glacial (or "kettle" ponds), and even a former Coast Guard station transformed into a youth hostel. 10. Beaches Flickr/Massachuetts Office of Travel and Tourism, Margo Tabb Windswept dunes, shimmering beach grass, and sparkling waters. 11. Native Culture Flickr/Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism The native peoples of Massachusetts are still going strong. 12. Salem Flickr/Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism This port city once played host to the infamous Salem witch trials. Nowadays, it is THE destination for all things mystical. 13. The Red Sox Flickr/The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism What do you get when you mix the birth-state of American baseball with a Big Green Monster? An amazing sports tradition. 14. Cape Cod & The Islands Flickr/Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism This summer paradise is the place to be if you love old-fashioned downtowns, saltwater taffy, and giving directions by pointing at your bicep. 15. History Flickr/Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism You don’t earn the nickname “The Cradle of Liberty” for nothing. Massachusetts has been here from the start. 16. Education Flickr/Pierre-Alexandre Kofron Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Boston College, Amherst, Wellesley...you’ll run out of breath before you run out of top-ranking Massachusetts schools. 17. Boston Flickr/Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism Incredible nightlife, world-class marathons, and all the cobblestones you could want. 18. The People Flickr/Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism New Englanders may have a reputation for being a bit on the cool side, but the people of Massachusetts will warm your heart with their big personalities and a hot cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee. Something old, something new, something familiar, and something totally unexpected. Massachusetts delivers it all. The spirit of Massachusetts really is the spirit of America.