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Mass. has 4 of the 50 best coastal towns in the U.S., according to Big 7 Travel

The towns are full of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Madaket Beach on Nantucket at sunset in 2014. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Travelers will find history, culture, and plenty of natural beauty in four Massachusetts towns that offer some of America’s best coastal escapes, according to Big 7 Travel.

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The travel website recently released a list the 50 best coastal towns in the United States and included four local spots: Nantucket, Provincetown, Chatham, and Wellfleet. A total of 13 New England destinations made the list, which was topped by No. 1 Carmel-by-the-Sea in California.

Here’s what the website wrote about Nantucket, the top-ranked New England destination at No. 2:

Nantucket is literally the definition of classic New England island. With its lovely cobblestoned streets, dune-loaded beaches and beautiful architecture, it’s certainly got a lot to brag about. Its history as a 19-century whaling hub has left it frozen in time and is part of what pulls visitors from all corners of the country every year. The island’s history warrants a visit by itself, but the gorgeous beaches, world class food and romantic atmosphere are certainly a cherry on top.

Big 7 Travel lauded the Cape’s Provincetown (No. 24) for its centuries-old cobblestone streets, restaurants, and nightlife; Chatham (No. 31) for its architecture and 19th-century lighthouse; and Wellfleet (No. 38) for “some of the most pristine beaches in the state,” including Cape Cod National Seashore’s Marconi Beach, which it called “a gorgeous slice of heaven.”

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Other New England towns on the list: Rhode Island’s Narragansett (No. 3); Maine’s Kennebunkport (No. 7), Bar Harbor (No. 11), Camden (No. 29), and Ogunquit (No. 41); New Hampshire’s New Castle (No. 20) and Hampton Beach (No. 22); and Connecticut’s Mystic (No. 23) and Niantic (No. 33).

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, visitors should “check COVID-19-related local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures in advance of making any travel plans,” noted Big 7 Travel.

View the entire list of the 50 best coastal towns in the United States.

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