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Yes, there are a ton of can’t-miss things to do in Boston. But it’s worth spending time away from the city, exploring the rest of the state. Massachusetts is known for its colonial history, New England charm, and coastal getaways. There are countless historic sites, plus legendary seafood, ample nature, and culture galore. Three bays (hence the name “The Bay State”) shape the coastline, with Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard all drawing thousands of sun-seekers in good weather. Western Massachusetts is hilly, with abundant nature and inviting cultural opportunities throughout. After you tackle the Freedom Trail, check out the rest of the state in style. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.