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Hidden gem towns to visit in Massachusetts

There is something for everyone at one of these small towns.


The view from the top of Mount Greylock in Adams.

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Whether you’re craving an adventure, searching for some small town charm, or looking to hit the trails, there is no shortage of great towns to explore across the Bay State. In fact, there are 11 “best-kept secrets” featured on this list by World Atlas.

The good news is there is something for everyone within a day trip of Boston. Fill up the tank and journey out a little farther than the “Last of Us” recommends to see some new views.

For the adventure seeker: Adams, ~2 hours, 35 minutes

Reach the peak of our state and summit Mount Greylock, the tallest natural point in Massachusetts.

For the antique shoppers: Sheffield, ~2 hours, 35 minutes

There are more than 10 local antique shops in this town, including the antiques mall with 78,000+ sqft of treasures to find.

For the history buffs: Buckland, ~2 hours, 10 minutes

Check out the Buckland Historical Society Museum, featuring artifacts and exhibitions showcasing the town’s history and culture. While you’re there, don’t miss the The Bridge of Flowers, open from April through October.

For the artist: Great Barrington, ~2 hours, 20 minutes

Stroll through the exhibits at local galleries like Bernay Fine Art + The Vault.

For the hikers: Petersham, ~1 hour, 30 minutes

Explore the nearly 4,000-acre Harvard Forest and the man-made Quabbin Reservoir.

For those who love to shop small: Williamsburg, ~1 hour, 55 minutes

Step back in time with a stop at the Williamsburg General Store or Williamsburg Market.

Once you visit these, check out the other five featured towns, including Belchertown, Charlemont, Erving, North Adams, and Orange.

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