Massachusetts is small in terms of size for the United States of America, and yet it still packs a big punch. It's a bit of a dream for backpackers and travellers, and that's because there's so much to see and do.
Located in the heart of New England, about four hours north of New York City, Massachusetts offers urban nightlife, winding country roads, authentic seaside villages, and vast beaches with rolling sand dunes. From the historic and vibrant capital city of Boston, to the beaches of Cape Cod, to the gorgeous Berkshire Mountains in the western part of the state, there's something for everyone.
And if its history you're after, Massachusetts has a little of that too. Plymouth is where the pilgrims landed, Boston is where the first shots of the American Revolution rang out, and of course, the state is made famous by Harvard University, dating back to 1636. You may have heard of it...
So if you're travelling to the USA on a gap year, make sure you see Massachusetts; it's something won't regret...
In 1908, Miss Caroline O. Emmerton purchased The House of the Seven Gables, built in 1668. It was restored to its present state, and, in 1910, opened the site to the touring public. The seven-gabled house inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his famous novel of the same name (you should check it out, it's pretty cool...)
One that all gappers should know - the birth control pill was invented at Clark University in Worcester - fact.
If you're heading to Massachusetts on your gap year then your're going to want to know about the rest of the United States of America.
Luckily for you Daisy Ashworth's written a guide all about it, so make sure you give it a read if you're backpacking and travelling in the USA.