Massachusetts Travel Guide

Massachusetts State Travel Guide

About Massachusetts

Massachusetts is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, New Hampshire on the north, Connecticut on the south and New York on the west. Massachusetts is known for its historical places and beautiful landmarks. Places like Cape Cod has some amazing beaches, theaters and a colony known as Provincetown. The western side of Massachusetts is known for Tangle wood, a home for Boston Symphony which is an art museum. Jacob’s Pillow is a well known dance center which is a great place for all the dance lovers.

Massachusetts Official Language(s) None; English de facto
Massachusetts Demonym Bay Stater
Massachusetts Capital Boston
Massachusetts Largest City Boston
Massachusetts Largest Metro Area Greater Boston
Massachusetts Area  Ranked 44th in the US
 - Total 10,555 sq mi
(27,336 km2)
 - Width 183 miles (295 km)
 - Length 113 miles (182 km)
 - % water 25.7
 - Latitude 41° 14′ N to 42° 53′ N
 - Longitude 69° 56′ W to 73° 30′ W
Massachusetts Population  Ranked 15th in the US
 - Total 6,593,587 (2009 est.)
- Density 809.8/sq mi  (312.7/km2)
Ranked 3rd in the US
 - Median Income  $65,401 (2008) (6th)
Massachusetts Elevation  
 - Highest Point Mount Greylock
3,492 ft  (1,064 m)
 - Mean 500 ft  (150 m)
 - Lowest Point Atlantic Ocean
0 ft  (0 m)
Massachusetts Before statehood Province of Massachusetts Bay
Massachusetts Admission to Union  February 6, 1788 (6th)
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D)
Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray (D)
Massachusetts Legislature General Court
 - Upper House Senate
 - Lower House House of Representatives
U.S. Senators John Kerry (D)
Scott Brown (R)
U.S. House Delegation 10 Democrats
Massachusetts Time Zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Massachusetts Abbreviations MA Mass. US-MA
Massachusetts Website http://www.mass.gov

Brief History- Massachusetts Travel Guide

Massachusetts is one of the 13 colonies that opposed the British rule. In the year 1773, the Boston Tea Party revolted against the unfair taxation. In the 19th century, Massachusetts was known for its intellectual educators and writers who helped in expanding the commercial business of shipping, manufacturing and fishing. This state was also known to specialize in the production of shoes and textiles. The state also ranks second in the world in the productions of cranberry plantation.

Popular Destinations to visit- Massachusetts Travel Guide

Massachusetts Lighthouses

The Lighthouses in Massachusetts are an attractive feature that visitors don’t miss out on. People who visit this place can also buy souvenirs for their friends and families. Theselighthouses offer a wonderful view of the sunrise and sunset.

Scenic Beauty

Massachusetts has beautiful scenic beauty where many people can go site-seeing and also go on long drives. The scenic beauty is simply awesome which is along the countryside. One can also go for a drive to the Women’s Clubs State Forest which is situated on Quibbling shores.

Bridges

Massachusetts has more than 100 covered bridges that were built in the year 1792. Later in the 20th century a lot of timber bridges were constructed. These bridges are a delight to many visitors and they are photographed very often by professionals. A few famous covered bridges in Massachusetts are Burr arch-truss Bridge, Bissell Bridge, Creamery Bridge and the Burkeville Bridge.

Historic Places

Since Massachusetts is known for historic places and landmarks a few famous historic places are below:

The Adams Academy

This academy was established by John Adams in 1872. He opened the Adams Temple and School Fund.

American Antiquarian Society

This place is also known as Antiquarian Hall. It was established by Isaiah Thomas in the year 1812. This society is the third oldest historical society.

Arrowhead

Arrowhead is home to the famous author Herman Melville. Between 1850-1863 he wrote short stories and novels like Moby-Dick, poetry and many other interesting stories.

Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory

This building is associated with weather observations in the U.S. It has the history of holding the oldest and continuous weather record in North America. The observatory is also known by the name of the ‘’Great Blue Hill Weather Observatory’’.

Castle Hill

Castle Hill is from the 20th century. The castle was designed by David Adler from Chicago who was a great architect. There were many other structures and buildings designed by him.

Other places that people can visit are Osterville Historical Museum- Cape Cod, Tory House- Bridgewater, Blackstone Valley Fall Festival, Asa Water Mansion- Millbury and the Boston Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise. Massachusetts is a place that has lots to explore and do.