Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Massachusetts is an Indian term that roughly translates as ‘at or about the Great Hill’; however, it will be forever known for its role as the ‘Birthplace of the American Revolution’. It’s where Paul Revere made his midnight ride, Ben Franklin penned Poor Richard’s Almanack, and enough tea to fill 18.5 million teabags was dumped in Boston Harbor as a tax protest. From the moments the first shots rang out at the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, or at least Boston, became The Cradle of Liberty, unless, of course, you were accused of witchcraft.

Today, Massachusetts has the highest family income of any state and more history than you can shake a decapitated pumpkin at. There’s also plenty of outdoor recreation, including a fine collection of state parks where you’ll find hiking, camping, canoeing, mountain biking, and of course, the Cape Cod National Seashore.

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Price point levels scaled for a 7-day visit for a couple and anchored on research and personal experiences.

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$$$ - $3000 -$5000
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Price Point
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Language(s)

English

Currency

US Dollar

Reported for the US traveler with foreign countries rankings based on the US State Department's travel advisories.
Safety
Exercise Increased Caution

Reported for three representative cities within the destination via Weather Spark.

Climate (°F)
Summer Winter
Springfield 84 18
Boston 82 23
Nantucket 75 26
Outlets
Type-A
Type-B

Best Time to Visit

From a purely weather standpoint the best time of the year to visit Massachusetts is Spring – April, May, June – or late-summer and early-fall – September, October. Leaf peeping peaks in October but can extend into September or November depending on the year.

Fun Facts

  • The first subway system in North America was built in Boston, Massachusetts
  • It’s technically illegal to use tomatoes in clam chowder in Massachusetts
  • Plymouth, located just south of modern-day Boston, was one of the first permanent English settlements in North America
  • Ruth Graves Wakefield and her husband invented chocolate chip cookie in 1930 at the Toll House Restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts
  • There is a lake in Massachusetts named “Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.”

Bucket-List Activities

  • Visit Harvard University (Cambridge)
  • Visit Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (Springfield)
  • Visit Yankee Candle Village (Deerfield)
  • Walk the Freedom Trail (Boston)
  • Visit the Salem Witch Museum (Salem)

Natural Wonders

  • Crane Beach (Ipswich)
  • World’s End (Hingham)
  • Quabbin Reservoir  & Overlook (New Salem)
  • Glacial Potholes (Shelburne Falls)
  • Natural Bridge State Park (North Adams)
  • Mount Greylock (Adams)
  • Bash Bish Falls (Mount Washington)

Major Attractions

  • Freedom Trail (Boston)
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Boston)
  • Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge)
  • Cape Cod Beaches (Cape Cod)
  • Fenway Park (Boston)

Native Foods

  • Fluffernutters (sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow creme)
  • Grilled Blueberry Muffins
  • Boston Baked Beans
  • Hoodsie Cups (ice cream cup)
  • Apple Cider Doughnuts
  • Cape Cod Potato Chips

General Travel Tips

Common Phrases

  • The T – Boston’s subway
  • Smoot -A man-sized unit of measurement used to measure bridges
  • Packie – Sort of package store, which is actually a liquor store
  • Over the Bridge – Anything on the Cape Cod side of the Sagamore Bridge
  • Bubbler – Water fountain
  • Bang a uey – One way to deal with Boston traffic
  • Wicked – substitute for ‘very’, ‘really’, or ‘super’
  • Masshole – Used in a sentence, that wicked smaht masshole just banged a u-ey in front of me

 

 

Enplanements scaled by the number of commercial passenger boardings that occurred at the airport in calendar year per Wikipedia

🛩 - Limited commercial air service

✈ - 25,000  - 100,000

✈✈ - 100,000 - 500,000

✈✈✈ - 500,000 - 1,000,000

✈✈✈✈ - 1,000,000+

Major Cities / Airports

  • Boston  / Boston Logan International Airport (BOS ✈✈✈✈) – Beantown baby!
  • Nantucket  / Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK ✈✈) – The backdoor to Martha’s Vineyard
  • Worcester  / Worcester Regional Airport (ORH ✈) – The ‘Heart of the Commonwealth’
  • Vineyard Haven /  Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY ✈) – The front door to Martha’s Vineyard
  • Hyannis / Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYE ✈) – A shortcut to Cape Cod
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A Must Have Interactive Map to the Boston Freedom Trail

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