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Where to Go in New England

Each of the six New England states—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont—has its own beauties and attractions.

Beach in South County RI
Summer means the beach—in South County RI.

Click here for my New England Almanac,a month-by-month description of New England's weather, events and holidays.


Cityscape from Boston Common
A view of Back Bay from Boston Common.

The Bay State, most populous of New England states, also has many of the top visitor attractions as well as lots of lobster dinners: Boston; the Revolutionary towns of Lexington & Concord; the Pilgrims' colony of Plymouth; the famous resort towns of Cape Cod; the charming islands of Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket; and the arts-filled Berkshire Hills. More...

Rhode Island

Narragansett Town Beach, RI
Narragansett Town Beach RI.

Small but beautiful, the Ocean State boasts beautiful, livable Providence with its universities, early American architecture and unique Waterfire pageant; the palatial Gilded Age mansions of Newport; charming Block Island; lots of lobsters; and in South County, some of New England's best beaches. More...


Town green, Guilford CT
The Town Green in Guilford, on the Connecticut Shoreline.

Colonized in the 1620s, the Constitution State's beautiful Connecticut Shoreline on Long Island Sound is crowded with fine old towns, historic Mystic Seaport, lobster shacks, vineyards and wineries. The capital city, Hartford, well up the long Connecticut River, has the renowned Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Northwest Connecticut's Litchfield County is quietly, beautifully rural, while the southeast rings to the Las Vegas-like sounds of the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun gambling casinos. More...


The aptly-named Green Mountain State is famed for its scenic drives, hiking and camping, winter skiing and snowboarding, maple syrup and artisanal cheeses, but it also has some fine art museums and cultural surprises such as Circus Smirkus, the world's only traveling big-top youth circus.

Middlebury VT
Middlebury VT, a typical Central Vermont town.

In Southern Vermont, visit Bennington for its college and fine art museum; Brattleboro, where the 1960s still live; and picture-perfect New England towns such as Wilmington; Grafton and its cheese-makers; Marlboro and its world-famous summer music festival; Newfane, West Dover and Weston.

Central Vermont holds pristine Dorset and Woodstock; busy Manchester; Middlebury and its famed college, Plymouth and its Calvin Coolidge house; the ski centers of Killington, Ludlow (Okemo) and Sugarbush, and the transportation centers of Rutland and White River Junction. More...

Northern Vermont means bustling Burlington; Montpelier the capital; Stowe, delightful summer or winter; and the villages of the verdant rural Northeast Kingdom. More...

New Hampshire

Mount Washington NH
Mount Washington NH, snow-capped most of the year.

The White Mountains, crowned by Mount Washington, highest point east of the Mississippi, are the Granite State's main feature, but New Hampshire also has Mount Monadnock, the most frequently-climbed mountain in the world; a short but busy seacoast; the cities of Manchester, Concord and historic Portsmouth; Dartmouth College; and grand Lake Winnipesaukee. More...


View of Frenchman Bay from Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine
View of Frenchman Bay from Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine

Largest in area of the six New England states, the Pine Tree State is famed for the lobsters harvested from its rugged, rocky 1000-mile (1609-km) coastline dotted with beautiful, historic seaside resort towns such as Ogunquit, the Kennebunks, Old Orchard Beach, the Yorks, Boothbay, Camden and many more; for the Gilded Age resort of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park; shopping at L. L. Bean and Kittery; Roosevelt-Campobello International Park; for some of the finest skiing in New England; and for the vast inland forest wilderness capped by Mount Katahdin, starting-point of the Appalachian Trail. More...

New York City

New York state is not part of New England, but New York City is a major transportation gateway for travelers coming to New England—besides being an exciting destination by itself. More...

Aerial view of Manhattan, New York City
An aerial view of Manhattan, major transportation hub for the Northeast USA.

New York City <—> Boston

Here's info on travel between New York City and Boston MA by car, bus, train and plane, and how to choose the mode that's right for you.

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