When to Visit
The moderate climate makes Massachusetts a draw to tourists in each of its four distinct seasons. Although Chicago is known as the “Windy City,” Boston is actually America's windiest major city. The wind chill factor can make temperatures feel substantially colder. In contrast, Cape Cod and the Islands get little snow and remain warmer even during the winter months. Summer is the high season on the Cape and along the North Shore; accommodations are harder to come by and pricier. The Berkshires are at their best during summer's arts season or in winter if you're a skier. Because Boston is primarily a walking city, late spring and fall are the most comfortable times to visit and to see the sights. Autumn can be breathtaking statewide — there are plenty of opportunities for scenic driving.