Massachusetts is New England’s most populous state, famous for its scenic capital, Boston, plus an impressive colonial history.

Massachusetts borders the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and is known for its rich colonial past. Lighthouses are dotted around — a striking reminder of the state's maritime history, while Plymouth is the site of a former New England colony and the town of Salem is known for the infamous Witch Trials of 1692. Visit during whale season, from May to October, and you're likely to see majestic humpbacks. We recommend heading to Boston to see some of the area’s loveliest parks and open spaces, which are particularly attractive during the autumn.