Explore the Massachusetts coast on the new Commonwealth Lighthouse Trail


The Massachusetts Lighthouse Trail highlights nearly two dozen lighthouses, plus water attractions

BOSTON, August 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Since the 1700s, dozens of lighthouses have dotted the Massachusetts coastline and captured our imaginations with tales of sailing and adventure. As a member of Your Massachusetts regional travel campaign, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism launched the Massachusetts Lighthouse Trail (visitma.com/lighthousetrail) today ahead of National Lighthouse Day on Sunday August 7.

Massachusetts houses the first flagship site of United Statesand now houses over 45 lighthouses,” said Keiko Matsudo Orrall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. “Locals and visitors alike are sure to be enchanted by these breathtaking beacons as they journey along our scenic coastline and islands. From Cape Ann to Cape Codour Lighthouse Trail encourages travelers to explore the coastal communities and maritime history of the Bay State.”

The new Massachusetts Lighthouse Trail stretches from Cape Ann on the North Rim, to Boston Harbor and the South Rim, and up to Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. It maps nearly two dozen of the most notable and accessible lighthouses, including:

  • boston light on Brewster Island in Boston Harbor, the oldest continuously used lighthouse site in United States with its original structure built in 1716, casts a light 27 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Point Brant Lighthousewhich is 26 feet tall on the north side of Nantucketis the second oldest lighthouse in our country and one of the most photographed.
  • Twin Lights of Thacher’s Islandidentical 124-foot towers built in 1771, sits a mile off the coast of Rockport.

The trail also highlights fascinating and informative water attractions such as the Cape Ann Harbor Tours out of Gloucesterthe Boston Harbor Islands Lighthouse Tourand the Nantucket Shipwreck & Livesaving Museum, as well as local hotels and restaurants in each area. For a complete list of Massachusetts attractions, food and accommodation options, departure visitma.com.

Also part of the Your Massachusetts the campaign is the recently launched Massachusetts Athletic Trail (visitma.com/sportstrail), which takes sports fans on a journey through the state’s long and storied sporting history. For more information on what to do in the Bay Statealso discover the novelties of Massachusetts: What’s new.

About the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism:

The Massachusetts Bureau of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) promotes the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a travel destination for domestic and international visitors. MOTT strengths Massachusetts’ culture, history, cuisine and outdoor resources, working closely with 16 regional tourism boards across the state and with larger tourism alliances such as Discover New England and BrandUSA.

SOURCE Massachusetts Bureau of Travel and Tourism


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