I’ve lived in Massachusetts for nearly 19 years (and in a bordering state for 15 years when I was younger), but despite it being a small state I feel that I have not seen much of Massachusetts. I am the stereotype of the Boston urbanite who rarely ventures outside the confines of the Rt. 128 beltway and certainly never go Westa Wistah.
There are 351 cities and towns in the Bay State and with a handy list on Wikipedia, I was able to determine how many of them I’ve visited. I left out any place I merely passed through – whether in a car, bus, train, or bike – and focus on the places I have a concrete memory of visiting.
In alphabetical order, here’s the list:
So there we go, 84 Massachusetts’ cities and towns, about a quarter of the total of 351. What I’m going to do is try to make an effort to visit all 351 municipalities, take a picture of myself by a local landmark, and post it here. I don’t know how long this will take (and I’m not even sure how one gets to Gosnold, the smallest community in Massachusetts), but I’ll do my best.
Edit on 1/11/2016: Thinking of some places I’ve been on outdoor adventures in western Massachusetts and realizing I can add a few more municipalities to the list.
Charlemont (Mohawk Trail State Forest)
Lenox (Tanglewood Music Center)
Mt. Washington (Bash Bish Falls)
There are probably others that I will add if I remember them, but this brings the list to 87!
Do you live in Massachusetts? Tell me about your city or town? What local place should I not miss when I come to visit?