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The Pilgrim State

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Introduction

Massachusetts offers one of the most varied collections of natural and man-made attractions in all the New England states. Its largest city, Boston, is the state's commercial hub and a major centre of American history and culture. Cross the river and you’ll reach Cambridge where you’ll find the twin educational powerhouses of Harvard and MIT, whose leafy walks and redbrick buildings house internationally acclaimed museums.

Islands & beaches

Along the eastern seaboard, scenic seascapes and picturesque villages abound. Head to Cape Cod where three hundred miles of shoreline, dotted with golden sandy beaches, frame some of America’s best-known retreats. Salient of those is Martha’s Vineyard, an island favourite among America’s elite. Here you’ll find boutique farm-to-table restaurants, verdant landscapes and grand beaches. For a historic alternative, head a little further out to sea to the delightfully restored townships and cobbled carriageways of Nantucket Island.

The Berkshires

The mountainous Berkshires are one of New England's most beautiful regions. Here, rural landscapes form some of the East Coast's most spectacular scenery, most notably in autumn when the forest foliage transforms to a fiery blanket of red, gold and orange. But it's not just the fall when this region sparkles. In spring and summer, outdoor adventures range from hiking to cycling while in winter tree-lined trails offers superb skiing. And, no matter what season you visit, you can expect the best in farm-to-fork dining coupled with craft beers and even some very respectable local wines.

History around every corner

Alongside its natural world, Massachusetts is also a hotbed of history. In Plymouth, see where the Pilgrims first settled in the New World and trace the history of the American Revolution at battlefield sites across the state. In Boston itself, the Freedom Trail takes in everything from meetinghouses to museums while at Concord's Old North Bridge visitors can see where the first shots of the war were fired in April 1775.

Special offers in Massachusetts

The Best of Cape Cod & The Islands

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,720 pp incl. flights

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With a stay in historic Boston as its prologue, this self-drive winds south, via the Pilgrim settlement of Plymouth, to Cape Cod's dune-fringed idyll. Then, after day trips to Provincetown and the cobblestones of Nantucket, you'll end amid Martha's Vineyard's golden sands and gingerbread houses.

East Coast USA Rail Journey

12-day tailor-made rail journey from £2,020 pp incl. flights

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Let included Amtrak rail journeys and luxury hotels bring you to New York's headline-grabbing icons, Boston's harbourside setting and the world-leading museums of Washington, D.C. You'll also call in to Philadelphia to explore its historic neighbourhoods and indulge in its unique gastronomy.

Harvest In Halifax on Regent Seven Seas

13-day cruise from £5,145 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive - Receive $500 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.

Best of Massachusetts & The Berkshires Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,590 pp incl. flights

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From the rich history of Boston to the Lexington’s battlefields and the beautiful Berkshire Hills, this tailor-made fly-drive takes in the very best of America's Bay State.

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Top itineraries in Massachusetts

The Best of Cape Cod & The Islands

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,720 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £355 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

With a stay in historic Boston as its prologue, this self-drive winds south, via the Pilgrim settlement of Plymouth, to Cape Cod's dune-fringed idyll. Then, after day trips to Provincetown and the cobblestones of Nantucket, you'll end amid Martha's Vineyard's golden sands and gingerbread houses.

Boston City Breaks

Tailor-made city break

With a rich history dating back to the 17th Century, Boston, known as the 'Athens of America', is one of the oldest, and most fascinating, cities in the USA.

East Coast USA Rail Journey

12-day tailor-made rail journey from £2,020 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £240 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

Let included Amtrak rail journeys and luxury hotels bring you to New York's headline-grabbing icons, Boston's harbourside setting and the world-leading museums of Washington, D.C. You'll also call in to Philadelphia to explore its historic neighbourhoods and indulge in its unique gastronomy.

Harvest In Halifax on Regent Seven Seas

13-day cruise from £5,145 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $500 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.

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Top places to stay in Massachusetts

Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, Lenox

Historic resort

This stunning Tudor-style mansion has had pride of place in Berkshire for more than a century and offers, among other superb facilities, an excellent golf course and spa.

White Elephant, Nantucket

Historic resort

One of the most luxurious hotels on Nantucket, the White Elephant has a privileged position on Nantucket Harbour, with a grassy lawn that spreads down to the waterfront, a full-service spa and options that range from harbour-view rooms to trendy loft apartments.

The Langham, Boston

Grand & elegant hotel

Housed in what used to the Federal Reserve Bank, The Langham, Boston combines historical standing with welcome modern comforts and an enviable location just steps from the waterfront and Faneuil Hall, Boston’s original marketplace.

Nine Zero, A Kimpton Hotel, Boston

Contemporary hotel

Stylish designs, in-room spa treatments, a vintage cocktail bar and complimentary wine tasting in the lobby every evening help set this boutique downtown hotel above its neighbours.

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Where to go in Massachusetts

Marthas Vineyard & Nantucket

The island of Martha's Vineyard combines compelling natural beauty with the charms of a beach resort and plenty of outdoor activities. Each town on Martha's Vineyard has its own distinct style and atmosphere.

Cape Cod

Massachusetts is best known for its miles of wide, sandy beaches, whale watching and charming colonial villages and the area around Cape Cod attracts more than 13 million people every summer.

Boston

The historical city of Boston is regarded as the unofficial capital of New England. Founded around a large natural harbour at the mouth of the Charles River, it is one of the world's great walking cities, offering travellers plenty of shops ...

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When to go to Massachusetts

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