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From Boston to the Berkshires, Cape Cod to Cambridge, Massachusetts offers a wealth of attractions to satisfy any visitor. Travelers can enjoy quintessential New England summer beach experiences offered by Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, escape to hills in the Berkshires, enjoy the small town university delights of Northampton or the more urban pleasures of Boston and Cambridge. The state is rich in history, culture, and tradition, and its economy is strikingly diverse, and very much influenced by its land and history: seafaring and farming, industrial and intellectual, high tech and artisanal.

Massachusetts is home to many of ...

From Boston to the Berkshires, Cape Cod to Cambridge, Massachusetts offers a wealth of attractions to satisfy any visitor. Travelers can enjoy quintessential New England summer beach experiences offered by Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, escape to hills in the Berkshires, enjoy the small town university delights of Northampton or the more urban pleasures of Boston and Cambridge. The state is rich in history, culture, and tradition, and its economy is strikingly diverse, and very much influenced by its land and history: seafaring and farming, industrial and intellectual, high tech and artisanal.

Massachusetts is home to many of America's earliest colonial settlements — Plymouth, Boston, and Salem along the coast — from where settlers rapidly moved inland to farm and supply international shipping. The sea also provides fish, and though that industry is struggling to survive, coastal areas are still fiercely proud of their fisheries, and fantastic seafood is easy to find.

Roaring rivers powered industry in cities like Worcester and Lowell, and early fortunes built on trade helped found prestigious colleges across the state. The technology corridor north of Boston is a mini-Silicon Valley, but is matched by pockets of artists, especially on Cape Ann and in the western part of the state. Long a hotbed of revolution, the state balances its reputation for Puritanical reserve with progressive ideas to this day.

Juliette Rogers
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Juliette Rogers is coauthor of the guidebooks Eating New England: A Food Lovers Guide to Eating Locally, Secret Providence and Newport, and two Thomas Cook guides on France.

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