Direct Energy loves all our customers across our wide service area, so we decided to take a gander at many of the places where you live! With each stop in our Exploring Three Top Attractions in Your City series, we’ll highlight some of the best things to do and see in many of the major locales we provide service. It’s a way for us to get to know your city and inform anyone else who may be interested in visiting.
Depending on how much you remember from any American history classes you might have take over the years, Massachusetts played a big part in the early years of this country. Plymouth Rock was the landing spot of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims at Plymouth; many of the earliest British colonies were formed within the present-day borders of the state; the Salem Witch Trials whipped up mass hysteria; and the Boston Tea Party served as a key event in the lead-up to the American Revolution.
Suffice to say, that list doesn’t begin to cover all of the historic sites you can view in the Commonwealth. And since there’s even more beyond the history of the state, it was really difficult to limit my favorite attractions in Massachusetts to just three.
1) Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston
This is a perfect way to see the role Boston played in America’s independence from England. The 2.5-mile red-bricked route takes visitors to 16 historically significant sites that all shaped our independence in one way or another. From the graves of Paul Revere and John Hancock and the Old State House – where the Boston Massacre took place – to Faneuil Hall (the meeting place of famous revolutionaries), this tour will keep history buffs busy.
2) Life’s a Beach
Massachusetts is also known for having quite the beach life, especially during the summer. There are two main islands that attract many rich and sometimes famous people for a few days or months of relaxation.
A timeless refuge for people throughout the Northeastern US looking to escape the heat of summer, Nantucket can only be accessed via boat, ferry, or by air. The island’s beauty resides in sandy beaches, large cliffs, lighthouses and historic mansions. It also offers plenty of water sports, museums, islands tours, and entertaining nightlife.
The largest of New England’s islands Martha’s Vineyard may be familiar sight as the setting of the first Jaws movie. Just like Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard also attracts the affluent during the summers, and it also can only be accessed by boat, ferry, or air. It offers beautiful beaches for swimming, surfing, sailing, and kayaking, as well as interesting lighthouses and museums to visit.
3) Head for the Hills
Not a history buff or fan of the beach? You’re in luck! Head to western Massachusetts and surround yourself with beautiful sights of the Berkshires. Visitors can spend the day hiking around the hills and mountains, whitewater rafting, or venturing to Bash Bish Falls, the highest waterfall in Massachusetts. After spending time in the outdoors, the Berkshires also offer plenty of arts and culture. Tour one of their many art and history museums or take in a concert at one of their several performing arts venues.
Up Next in Exploring Three Top Attractions in Your City series, we’ll visit Washington DC.