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Explore 5 states bursting with rich history, colorful culture and iconic landscapes

In the northeastern USA, you’ll find a region bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and verdant mountains on another. And in between, you’ll find important historical sites, cultural attractions, fascinating cities, scenic villages and outdoor adventures at every turn.

Discover New England encompasses five states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Here, the scenery ranges from white-sand beaches and rocky cliffs to brilliant fall foliage, tranquil blue lakes and snowy mountain views. These landscapes are prime locations for outdoor exploration, including hiking, biking, whitewater rafting and endless winter sports, as well as wildlife spotting. After your adventures, refuel with New England’s culinary staples such as real maple syrup, wild blueberries, cranberries, fresh lobster, clams (especially in clam chowder!), oysters and craft beer.

New England is truly a four-season destination. Many visitors come for classic summer fun on the beach or in the mountains, or to gaze at spectacular fall foliage. Winter welcomes with ski resorts and city sightseeing as the landscape shifts to a snowy wonderland. Late spring is a wonderful time for traveling among fewer crowds while the countryside comes back to life. No matter the time of year, small towns offer shops, galleries, restaurants and outfitters who can equip you with bikes, kayaks, canoes, tours and more.

Driving through a rainbow of fall colors in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
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Connecticut

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Culture and history with New England charm

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Maine

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Maine: great outdoors, culture and cuisine

The serene Philbin Beach on the island of Martha’s Vineyard
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Massachusetts

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From the ocean to the mountains, Massachusetts offers extraordinarily rich experiences in cities and nature all year-round.

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New Hampshire

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The ultimate outdoor-lover’s destination

 Sandy beach at the base of Mohegan Bluffs on the southern shore of Block Island
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Rhode Island

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A tapestry of nature, culture and history by the sea

Must-see New England Destinations

The Boston Public Garden in Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

The primary gateway to New England, Boston is a city that blends the best of old and new. It’s a bustling metropolis with quaint neighborhoods and rich culture. Here, cobblestone streets lined with local shops and trendy restaurants meet historic landmarks on the Freedom Trail. You’ll also find the excitement of sports, the beauty of the city’s waterfronts and the prestige of world-renowned universities.

The pastoral landscape of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts

The Berkshires, Massachusetts

In western Massachusetts, The Berkshires is an irresistibly idyllic region made up of rolling hills, dense woodlands and forested mountains dotted with shimmering lakes. This landscape makes for an ideal place to enjoy outdoor recreation year-round, but you can also tour historic countryside estates and discover world-class art in welcoming small towns.

Family hike in Franconia Notch State Park in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

White Mountains, New Hampshire

The White Mountains are an epic destination for hiking, rock climbing, skiing and just soaking in natural beauty. They’re home to Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeastern USA, that welcomes adventurers to drive, hike or ride the cog railway to its dramatic peak. In addition to natural wonders, an array of charming small towns offer dining, shopping and accommodations.

Strolling the downtown streets of historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

A quintessential colonial town set on the banks of the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth’s historic district has buildings dating back to the 1700s. Explore the popular Strawberry Banke Museum to wander among the architecture, then stroll Market Square to pop in and out of shops and restaurants. Nearby, explore the lush gardens and scenic riverfront of Prescott Park. Plan enough time to explore the city’s coastal islands to enjoy kayaking, beachgoing and more among dramatic scenery.

The Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Portland, Maine

Start your visit to hip and artsy Portland, Maine, at the city’s historic working waterfront. Enjoy an outdoor meal while watching for fishermen hauling in the day’s catch, or get out on the water. Catch the ferry to nearby Peaks Island or find sailing or lobster boat tours. Near the waterfront, downtown is a hot spot for art galleries, museums, restaurants and breweries. No visit is complete without a photo of the iconic Portland Head Lighthouse in nearby Cape Elizabeth.

A rocky shoreline in Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Perched on the Atlantic Ocean coast on Mount Desert Island near the quaint coastal town of Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park is renowned not just for its rocky shore, but also its towering mountains, lush forests and wildlife. Hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the North Atlantic seaboard, or relax with a bike ride along the park’s historic carriage roads.

View of the Mystic Seaport Museum from the Mystic River in Connecticut

Mystic, Connecticut

You may have heard of Mystic, thanks to the 1988 film, “Mystic Pizza.” You can still eat in the Main Street pizza spot joint that inspired the film today, but don’t stop there. From the eatery, it’s a short walk to seafood restaurants, shops and sightseeing, including a unique bascule bridge crossing the Mystic River. Nearby is the Mystic Seaport Museum, which offers insight into the city’s rich maritime history via a recreated 19th century village and authentic whaling ships.

The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut

The capital of Connecticut, Hartford balances historic with hip and scenic with urban. It’s home to the USA’s oldest public art museum (Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art) and one of the country’s oldest parks (Bushnell Park), but also thriving live music and culinary scenes. Book lovers can visit the Mark Twain House & Museum, where the writer and his family lived in the late 1800s, or the Harriett Beecher Stowe Center, the former home of the abolitionist and author.

The Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island

Newport is famous for its Cliff Walk, a waterfront pathway that meanders past a stunning array of Gilded Age mansions, some of which are open for tours. In this sailing capital, you must get out on the water at least once; tour options include an authentic lobster boat, a rum-running yacht and classic sailboats. For shopping and dining, check out historic Bannister’s Wharf and Bowen’s Wharf. Enjoy a day on the sand at Easton’s Beach or Sachuest Beach.

A fountain in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island

Providence, Rhode Island

An artsy and innovative foil to Newport’s nautical charm, Providence is a riverfront city full of colorful neighborhoods waiting to be explored. It’s home to both Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and the youthful spirit of these campuses inspires the city’s hip vibe. Plan to tour the RISD Museum for a variety of art and design exhibits, or visit during popular events like WaterFire and PVDFest.

Exploring Cutler, Maine, by bike on an autumn day
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