Massachusetts is a state in the northeast of the United States. It it surrounded by Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York as well as the Atlantic Ocean. In the 20th century, its economy changed from relying mostly on manufacturing to services. Over eighty percent of its residents live in the Greater Boston area. The city of Boston is the capital. Due to the state's deep-seated American history, the state caters to many tourists. Hotels can be very expensive, so Massachusetts hostels are an affordable alternative. Although the quality of these lodgings vary greatly, you can find plenty of 4 1/2-star hostels in Massachusetts with a bit of prior research.
Boston is the area providing most of the state's hostels. Here you will also find some of the worst rated accommodations, so choose wisely. In general, the Boston hostels are clean, secure, and centrally located. You can expect dormitory as well as private rooms with communal bath facilities. Although air conditioning and quiet are hard to come by, you can expect friendly staff, wifi, washing machines, cozy hangout spots, and sometimes even tours.
Once you are all settled into the hostel of your choice, one of the best and most economic ways to discover Boston is by a "hop on hop off"-style tour. City View Trolley Tours' Hop on Hop Off Trolley Tour is the option offering the most bang for your buck. The cost of this tour allows you the option to enjoy the Harbor Cruise (May through October) for free, giving you a two-for-one value. With nine locations where to join the tour, you can easily find one close to your hostel. Be sure to ask your host for directions. Once you hop on, sit on the upper level to best hear your tour guide who will teach you about Boston's history as well as recommend places such as eateries. If time is not an issue, ride the tour once without getting off, then go for the second round and get off wherever your heart desires.
Another fun destination is the peninsula of Cape Cod. Here you will find several hostels which average a 4 1/2-star rating. Rest up well and get ready to enjoy an active day in the fresh air. Head to Shining Sea Bikeway, a converted train path. Whether you feel like a leisurely stroll, a relaxing jog, or you want to rent a bike, be prepared to pass through ten miles of lush forest, wetlands, by the sea, and even two villages. From Woods Hole to Falmouth and back, the scenic path will let you stop for a visit to the beach, some seafood for lunch, ice-cream for dessert, and even souvenirs for your memories. Once you have exhausted yourself on this entertaining trip, you will have a good impression of what Cape Cod is all about.
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