Destination guide

Massachusetts is "The Bay State"

The Bay State, so named for its bays which characterize the coastline, played an important role in the American Revolution and there are plenty of historical sites that still survive to this day. Its varied topography, which range from wetlands to coastlines, provide homes for a wealth of wild animals. Are you bringing the family on a summer break? If you score a Massachusetts vacation rental along the coast, they'll love the long sunny days on the beach, best spent gorging on ice cream, building castles in the sand and splashing around in the calm shallows.

Things to do

Many museums in Massachusetts

With more than 170 museums ranging from art to history and at least 50 theaters showing productions year-round, you're not likely to get bored when you stay at a Massachusetts vacation rental. If you're a history buff, particularly those with an interest in the American Revolution, you could book up a Massachusetts vacation rental to visit some of the major monuments and sites of interest. Alternatively, you can drop in to the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park to find reminders of the days when whaling was one of the largest industries here.

Activities

Massachusetts has your outdoor fun covered

When it comes to outdoor activities, Massachusetts has got you covered. When you stay at a Massachusetts vacation rental, you'll have some of the best opportunities for whale watching in the country. Alternatively, you can find a peaceful spot on the banks of the river or shore to cast in your line and try to reel in a big one. The state has some fabulous cycling routes, like the 135-mile Claire Saltonstall Bikeway from Boston to Cape Cod. Visiting in winter? No problem. Rent some skies or snowboards to cruise along the outstanding runs.

Weather

Summer sees the hottest climate in Massachusetts

The high season in Massachusetts, particularly along the coast, is the summer season between June and August, when families flock to the seaside. If you nab a Massachusetts vacation rental during this time you can expect bright and sunny days and most of the state's festivities and events. If you're looking to save a few bucks, consider visiting in the shoulder seasons. Spring can be pleasantly warm, often hot enough to stretch out on the beach. During fall, the state bursts into color with the changing of the leaves and winter sees a blanket of snow most years, but there's plenty of outdoor fun to be had still.

Natural features

Wildly different wildlife in Massachusetts

Massachusetts spans from the highlands in the west, through central wetlands and marshes ending on the rocky eastern seaboard. These 3 ecosystems provide habitats for some fascinating wildlife. While you're walking, look out for Blanding's turtles hiding out in the shallow waters, majestic great blue herons wading in search of fish, or busy beavers damming the streams in the woodland. If you're kicking back by the sea and you like to spot wildlife, you've come to the right place. Here, you'll likely spot a wealth of coastal sea birds, as well as red-beaked American oystercatchers and piping plovers.

Where to stay around Massachusetts, US?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 13,134 vacation rentals near Massachusetts. From 1,432 Cabins to 8,335 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Massachusetts for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Massachusetts?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Massachusetts. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cape Cod: 8,072 vacation rentals
  • Boston: 1,604 vacation rentals
  • Martha's Vineyard: 1,118 vacation rentals
  • Nantucket Island: 962 vacation rentals
  • Provincetown: 1,216 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Massachusetts! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Massachusetts?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Massachusetts:

  • Boston: 1,604 rentals
  • Nantucket Island: 962 rentals
  • Provincetown: 1,216 rentals
  • Chatham: 3,193 rentals
  • Wellfleet: 2,785 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Massachusetts?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Massachusetts are:

  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS): 1,783 vacation rentals
  • Martha's Vineyard Airport (MVY): 2,037 vacation rentals
  • Pittsfield, MA (PSF-Pittsfield Municipal): 694 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Massachusetts?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Massachusetts. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Nantucket Island: 962 rentals
  • Boston Common: 1,725 rentals
  • Fenway Park: 1,195 rentals
  • Cape Cod National Seashore: 4,051 rentals
  • Wingaersheek Beach: 358 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Massachusetts listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Massachusetts

Boston
1,604 vacation rentals
Nantucket Island
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Provincetown
1,216 vacation rentals
Chatham
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Wellfleet
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Falmouth
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Truro
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Eastham
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Plymouth
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Oak Bluffs
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Edgartown
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Gloucester
494 vacation rentals
Brewster
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Rockport
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Salem
338 vacation rentals
Dennis
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Cambridge
1,493 vacation rentals
South Yarmouth
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Newburyport
480 vacation rentals
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