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#1 Boston

Boston is the capital and historic city of Massachusetts known for many historic events of the American Revolution: Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Battle of Bunker Hill and Siege of Boston. The city is one of the oldest in the Unitest States founded in 1630. Today, Boston is known for top colleges and universities. Boston is home to world class art museums and galleries and historic sites. Places to visit and things to do include Freedom Trail, Museum of Fine Arts, Faneuil Hall, Museum of Science, Boston Public Garden, Old North Church, New England Aquarium, and Boston Harbor.

Cape Cod National Seashore
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#2 Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) is a 40 miles of seashore along the shore of Cape Cod. Popular beaches include Coast Guard Beach, Nauset Light Beach, Marconi Beach, Meadow Beach, Race Point Beach, and Herring Cove Beach. The seashore offers many things to do: 12 hiking trails, biking, canoeing, touring historic buildings, and fishing. Cape Cod National Seashore is home to a number of lighthouses: Highland Lighthouse in Truro, Nauset Lighthouse in Eastham, and Three Sisters Lighthouse in Eastham.

Martha's Vineyard
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#3 Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard is a popular tourist island located south of Cape Cod. It is the 3rd largest island on the East Coast after Long Island and Mount Desert Island. Martha's Vineyard is accessible by boat and air only. The vineyard is known for its pleasant summer weather and beautiful beaches. It is a popular tourist destination with many hotels and resorts.

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#4 Nantucket

Nantucket is a popular tourist destination located south of Cape Cod. It is a small island popular during the summer months. Nantucket is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world: North Shore Beaches, South Shore Beaches, and East Shore Beaches. Nantucket has several noted museums and lighthouses. The island is home to number of festivals including book festival, wine and food festival, comedy festival, daffodil festival, and cranberry festival.

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#5 Plymouth

Plymouth is one of the oldest historical town that holds great importance in American history. Plymouth was one of the New England colony founded in 1620 by the Mayflower Pilgrims. The town is known for several historic events including the First Thanksgiving feast. Today, Plymouth is popular tourist destination known for its heritage sites. Famous attractions and places to visit include Plymouth Rock, Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II, Burial Hill , Pilgrim Hall Museum, and several other monuments.

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#6 Salem

Salem is a historic coastal city located at the mouth of the Naumkeag River. Salem holds a place of great prominence in American Revolution. The city is home to many historic homes such as Pickman House, Gedney House, The Witch House, and Hamilton Hall. Salem is popular tourist attraction with many historic landmark and places to visit. Things to do include House of Seven Gables, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Witch Museum, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and Salem Willows Park.

Pilgrim Monument
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#7 Pilgrim Monument

The historic Pilgrim Monument was built between 1907 and 1910 to commemorates the history of the Mayflower Pilgrims. Standing at 252 feet, the 7 1⁄2 inch tall campanile is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. It is a popular tourist attraction with incredible views of Provincetown and the harbor. The monument is also popular for weddings and private events.

The Berkshires
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#8 The Berkshires

The Berkshires region located in western Massachusetts is known for scenic countryside views and outdoor recreation. The Berkshire region is home to visual and performing arts center including Tanglewood Music Center, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), Norman Rockwell Museum, and Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA). The region offers many recreation activities including hiking, rafting, kayaking, fishing and miniature golf. Popular winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding. Plenty of lodgings, restaurants, and shopping option makes Berkshires favorite vacation destination.

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#9 Cambridge

Cambridge is a world famous city of Massachusetts known for Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Lesley University, and Hult International Business School. Cambridge is home to many best museums including Harvard Art Museum, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, MIT Museum, and Semitic Museum. The city is popular in tourist for its historic buildings including some from the 17th century. Beyond its colleges and universities, Cambridge offers plenty of things to see and do.

Plum Island
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#10 Plum Island

Plum Island Beach is a barrier island popular vacation destination located off the northeast coast of Massachusetts. The 11 miles long island is named for the wild beach plum shrubs that grow on its dunes. Known for family friendly attraction, Plum Island Beach offers many fun things to do. Popular recreation activities include boating, fishing, and kayaking.