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Beautiful sunsets on many historic sites entice many visitors to this region.

Central Massachusetts is a region of sprawling hills, state parks and a vibrant central city. It's divided into three sub-areas: Worcester County; Greater Springfield & The Pioneer Valley; and Franklin County.

Worcester County, with its gently rolling hills, state parks, and acclaimed museums, is the heartland of Massachusetts. Worcester is New England's second largest city, behind Boston. In recent years, it has become a cultural and entertainment center, showcasing top performers at the Centrum Civic Center and the newly renovated Mechanics Hall. This area is also home to a number of factory outlets, which draw shoppers from long distances. One of the leading historic attractions in New England is located here as well. Old Sturbridge Village re-creates the rich traditions and busy life of an authentic 1830s New England Village.

The Greater Springfield & The Pioneer Valley area is known for its meandering back roads, classic white-steepled churches, covered bridges, and country towns. A combination of urban luxuries and country charms, this region is named for the rugged pioneers who settled along the Connecticut River in the 17th century. Among the major attractions are the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, a fabulous tribute to the game and its legends. The Hall of Fame is named for Dr. Naismith, who's credited with inventing the game of basketball right here in Springfield.

Franklin County is up-country Massachusetts, an area dotted with quaint villages and hill towns, rushing rivers and some of the most enchanting scenery and old-fashioned hospitality in the state. Maple sugar houses, covered bridges, farmsteads and state parks are only a few of the highlights of Franklin County.

One of the most unique features of the Central Massachusetts area is the Mohawk Trail. Originally a Native American footpath, the 63 miles of the Mohawk Trail (Route 2) span some of the most scenic surroundings in New England. The Mohawk Trail is now a town-by-town collection of some of New England's oldest and most beautiful villages. Outdoor enthusiasts and museum lovers will enjoy what the Trail offers in every season. Hiking trails, camp sites and picnic areas dot the route, and side trips of interest are just off the beaten path.

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