Massachusetts
Lowell
Lowell The Essential
One of Massachusetts' largest cities, Lowell was one of the earliest planned industrial cities in the country. Thanks to its proximity to the Merrimack River, it developed as the nation's largest producer of cotton textiles. The early chapters of America's labor history unfolded in the mills here, as strikes and social unrest periodically disrupted production. Though the textile operations petered out by the 1930s, the former mill structures have been successfully preserved and make for an interesting exploration of America's industrial history.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Lowell
Boott Cotton Mills Museum
Boott Cotton Mills Museum
Wedged between the Eastern Canal and the
120 minutes
Lowell National Historical Park
Lowell National Historical Park
The history of Lowell, as told through
American Textile History Museum
American Textile History Museum
Housed in a renovated 160,000sq ft brick
90 minutes
New England Quilt Museum
New England Quilt Museum
This two-level, sunlit gallery showcases
60 minutes