Although it is one of the most densely populated states in the U.S., Massachusetts still manages to deliver some of the countrys most beautiful and serene landscapes. Because the vast majority of the states residents are packed into the bustling Boston corridor, there are miles upon miles of natural areas left for adventurous travelers and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. The fun begins on the western edge of the state in the Berkshire Hills, where hiking trails wind into the mountains. Travelling eastward we move through central valleys and plains, where, in the Fall, picturesque farmlands, winding rivers, and historic homes are hidden under brilliant foliage. The eastern edges of Massachusetts are carved with rocky bays and harbors, and the curving arm of Cape Cod reaches out into the Atlantic, offering wide, sandy beaches that are perfect for a summer retreat.