When to visit:
Tourism produces about 1/3 of the revenue in Massachusetts, with 41% of those visiting the state doing so in the summer, more than in any other season. 55% of all visitors to the state of Massachusetts visit Boston or Cambridge. Visitors arriving at the peak of tourist season may have some difficulty finding reasonably priced accommodations. Fall is also a popular season thanks to the spectacular fall colors that paint the hills from mid-September to mid- October. Prices are more manageable in the autumn than in the summer.
State Abbreviation: MA
State Capital: Boston
Largest City: Boston
Area: 10,555 square miles (Massachusetts is the 44th biggest in the USA)
Massachusetts Population: 6,416,505 (as of 2004)
Major Industries: textiles, electronics, publishing, education, tourism, fish
Massachusetts Rivers: Charles River, Connecticut River, Merrimack River
Massachusetts Lakes: Quabbin Reservoir
Highest Point: Mt. Greylock - 3,491 feet above sea level
Origin of the Name Massachusetts: Algonquian Indian word that for "a big hill place."
State Nickname: Bay State
State Motto: By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.
State Song: All Hail to Massachusetts