1. Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts, that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Marked largely with brick, it winds between Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.
2. Cape Cod
Cape Cod, a hook-shaped peninsula and a popular summertime destination. It's the site of quaint villages, lighthouses, ponds and bay and ocean beaches. In the large town of Hyannis, the John F. Kennedy Museum is the first stop on the Kennedy Legacy Trail through downtown, where ferries depart to the resort islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.
3. Minute Man National Historical Park
Minute Man National Historical Park commemorates the opening battle in the American Revolutionary War. It also includes the Wayside, home in turn to three noted American authors.
4. Plimoth Plantation
Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts founded in 1947. It attempts to replicate the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony established in the 17th century by the English colonists who became known as the Pilgrims.
5. Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Among the top ten whale-watching sites in the world, the Stellwagen Bank has one of the world's most biologically productive ocean environments.
6. Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village is a living museum located in Sturbridge, which recreates life in rural New England during the 1790s through 1830s. It is the largest living museum in New England, covering more than 200 acres.
7. Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard, a Massachusetts island, sits in the Atlantic just south of Cape Cod. A longtime New England summer colony, it encompasses harbor towns and lighthouses, sandy beaches and farmland. It's accessible only by boat or air. Vineyard Haven, on the eastern end, is a ferry port and the island's commercial center. Oak Bluffs has Carpenter Gothic cottages and an iconic carousel.
8. Harvard Square
Harvard University, one of the world's leading academic centers. There is a great collection of museums in the area;