Plymouth, Massachusetts, population 51,000, was the final landing site of the Mayflower, a replica of which stands in Plymouth harbor. Also home to Plymouth Rock, the town receives visitors by the droves looking to learn more about the history of early settlers and the original colonies.
The town looks like any other with gas stations and fast food joints, although it does carry the pride of being the original Plymouth Colony settlement. One way the area keeps the past alive is through Plymouth Plantation, a living-history tribute to the Pilgrims and the Indians. This is perhaps one of the most authentically designed living history sites in the country, as the re-enactors speak to visitors in seventeenth century dialect and the animals used on the plantation have been back bred to remain genuine to the originals.
The Plymouth National Wax Museum is a destination for families with children, and there are several historic houses peppered throughout the town that are open for touring, and depict generations of New England families, and their home interiors.
Plymouth is located an hour south of Boston, and is the last town before crossing the canal into Cape Cod. It is east of New Bedford and offers ferry service across Cape Cod Bay to Provincetown.