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Trip ideas for visiting Massachusetts

Want to take a trip but don’t want to fly? Consider a visit to Massachusetts.

As part of the recently launched Your Massachusetts campaign, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism has released several sample itineraries for regional travelers.

Here are a few examples by region of summer activities and events that await you:

Sunset at Mayflower Beach; all photos courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism
  • Cape Cod and the Islands: The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard recently added two new stops: The “Nameless Trail” (site #32), which was created by students at Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School, and “Esther’s Story” (site #33), which recounts the bravery of an enslaved woman who escaped from the sloop Endeavor in Edgartown Harbor.
  • Central Massachusetts: The City of Worcester, which was first established as a town on June 14, 1722, will hold events throughout the year to celebrate its 300th anniversary.
Truro Vineyards
  • Greater Boston: The Summer in the City Entertainment Series is back for its 23rd season at Boston’s Harborwalk Terrace and Rowes Wharf Sea Grille. Tuesdays through Thursdays, different bands perform nightly on the hotel’s floating barge stage. On Fridays, you can see Movies by Moonlight for the first time since 2019.
  • North of Boston: Set in Amesbury’s historic Upper Millyard, Amesbury Carriage Museum’s new Industrial History Center celebrates the city’s rich industrial heritage.
Nantucket
  • South of Boston: The newly created South Shore Irish Heritage Trail highlights the contributions Irish and Irish-Americans made to life on the South Shore. The trail extends through nine towns: Weymouth, Hingham, Hull, Cohasset, Scituate, Marshfield, Duxbury, Kingston, and Plymouth.
  • Western Massachusetts: Tanglewood in Lenox is home once again this summer to The Boston Symphony Orchestra, which will celebrate the 90th birthday of one of its most beloved figures, John Williams, in a special program on August 22.
Concord, Mass.

(Check out what else is going on in Massachusetts this summer and beyond: What’s New in 2022.)

“Massachusetts holds a deep personal meaning for many potential visitors in the region, and we want to remind them that there are many more memories to make here,” said Keiko Matsudo Orrall, executive director for the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. “We know that there’s greater spontaneity and less long-term planning when it comes to traveling these days, and we want Massachusetts to be top of mind, especially when it comes to longer stays and repeat visits.”

There’s also a new Massachusetts Sports Trail, which takes sports fans on a journey through the state’s long and storied sports history. Visitors can cheer our championship sports teams from Greater Boston, and travel the trail all the way to Western Massachusetts, where they can celebrate the birthplace of two popular American sports. You can also up your game by trying out our trails, rivers, tracks, fields, and greens for yourself.

READ MORE: West Virginia Launches the Nation’s First Statewide Waterfall Trail

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