Late in the night of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere and other watchmen spread the alarm that British troops were heading toward Lexington, Massachusetts. By morning, the first shots of the Revolution echoed across Lexington Green. Massachusetts is the birthplace of the nation, and history permeates life in the Commonwealth the way it does in few other states. And its rich history and culture mesh beautifully with its natural gifts. Miles of sandy beaches, huge swaths of countryside and mountainous wilderness provide visitors with a feast of options.