Besides the usual, — the Bostons, Plymouths and Cape Cods, Massachusetts is loaded with hidden travel gems which are well worth the time of the traveler. From one end of the state to the other there are very special small towns, museums, and other sights which can be part of a fun itinerary.
Newburyport — this small town has a quaint and fun-filled village center that is pleasant to explore. There always seems to be some event or happening on the village square.
Heritage Museum and Gardens, Sandwich — this delightful museum is an often overlooked spot on the Cape which is perfect for a morning or afternoon escape from the beaches and the traffic.
The Berkshires, in Western Massachusetts, are another interesting region. The town of Stockbridge is particularly charming.
Normal Rockwell Museum, Pittsfield — Also in the Berkshires region is a museum dedicated to one of America’s most popular artists. Norman Rockwell is famous for his illustrations in the Saturday Evening Post, in which he depicted the average American with great style and wit.
Gloucester — this fishing village is located on what is known as the North Shore, the coastal area north of Boston.
Rockport — Also on the North Shore is the delightful town of Rockport, another fishing village with an unmistakable maritime ambience.
Shelburne Falls — This delightful community lies along State Route 2, the Mohican Trail, and is particularly enchanting during the autumn.