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Boston

Boston

Boston is the capital of and largest city in Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The largest c...

Cape Cod

Cape Cod

Usually considered a haven for the rich and famous that want to get away, Cape Cod has evolved into a more all-consuming touri...

Nantucket

Nantucket

Nantucket is an island 30 miles (48 km) south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in the United States. Together with the small islands...

Springfield

Springfield

This is a steadily growing town, which has been stunted for centuries. Springfield boasts several weird firsts and famous peopl...

Facts

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.

Facts:

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