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The best places to go and things to see and do in the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.


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Fisherman statue, Eastport, Maine
Fisherman statue,
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Fort Warren on Georges Island, Boston Harbor MA
Fort Warren, Georges Island, Boston Harbor...


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Here are some of New England's outstanding sights:

Boston MA

New Englands' oldest, largest and most historically significant city should appear on every visitor's itinerary. Within a short drive of the city are many more historic towns such as Salem, Marblehead, Lexington and Concord. In Plymouth you can revisit the 17th century at Plimoth Plantation. More...

Boston Harbor Islands
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Cape Cod & Islands

With its charming historic towns, Cape Cod National Seashore, beaches and bike paths, Cape Cod has something for every visitor. The islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, offshore of the cape, are equally fascinating. More...

Sturbridge MA

Central Massachusetts is where you'll find Old Sturbridge Village, a faithful recreation of a New England town of the early 1800s. A similarly historic site from the 1700s is Old Deerfield, not far away in the Pioneer Valley. More...

Berkshires MA

The hills of western Massachusetts are noted for summer festivals of music, theater and dance, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Music Festival, the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Shakespeare & Company, and the Williamstown Theater Festival. More...

Providence RI

The capital of Rhode Island is a delightful small city with a fine Capitol, several outstanding universities, excellent art museums, and a vibrant and varied dining scene. More...

Newport RI

Rhode Island's oceanside playground boasts palatial turn-of-the-century mansions that must be seen to be believed, as well as good restaurants and beaches. More...

New Haven CT

Besides the lovely campus of Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut has several first-rank museums and a lively cultural season during the college year. More...

Connecticut Shoreline

Connecticut's shoreline along Long Island Sound is alive with maritime history at Mystic Seaport Museum, a carefully-preserved New England maritime town of the 1800s; at New London, home of the US Coast Guard Academy, and the Navy submarine base at neighboring Groton, as well as in the beautiful historic towns of Guilford and Stonington. More...

Portsmouth NH

New Hampshire's short seacoast is long on attractions. Strawbery Banke, in Portsmouth, is a living museum of the 1700s, with artisans actually making their livings (not just "demonstrating") at their centuries-old crafts. More...

White Mountains NH

New Hampshire's White Mountains are perfect for scenic drives, hiking or camping. Mount Washington, highest peak east of the Mississippi, boasts extreme weather, but great hiking. North Conway is the outdoor activities capital of the region; Franconia Notch has many natural wonders. More...

Maine Coast

The southwestern coast of Maine is lined with pretty beach towns, among them Kittery, York, Wells, Ogunquit, Kennebunkport and Old Orchard Beach. Midcoast is wilder and more scenic. Bar Harbor is far Downeast, but many visitors make the trek to visit this turn-of-the-century summer resort of the wealthy, and neighboring Acadia National Park. Some continue all the way downeast to Eastport and Lubec, easternmost points in the USA, and—with their passports—even into New Brunswick, Canada, for a Two-Nation Vacation. Want the true Maine experience? Sail the rockbound coast on a Maine windjammer sailing ship! More...

Green Mountains VT

From gracious Bennington in the south to alpine Stowe in the north, Vermont's Green Mountains are dotted with cozy inns, charming villages clustered around their commons, and excellent possibilities for outdoor activities. Drive Vermont Route 100 for a good introduction to the Green Mountain state. Just south of Burlington, the Shelburne Museum has perhaps the best and fullest collection of Americana ever assembled. More...

New England Fine Art Museums

When I researched the number and quality of fine art museums in New England, I was astonished. Dozens of museums have Rembrandts, Monets, Wyeths and more. The 19th- and 20th-century wealth of New Englanders, their fine taste, and the region's many colleges and universities explain all this art—yours for enjoyment. More...

New England Outdoors

Over 6,000 miles (9,700 km) of ocean coastline, the highest mountain east of the Mississippi, nearly 200 lakes for recreational use, the Appalachian Trail and hundreds of regional, state and local trails and paths, dozens of ski and snowboarding resorts—New England is an outdoor destination in all seasons of the year. More...

New England Country Inns

Did New England invent the American country inn? Whether or not, we have some of the oldest and finest country inns dating from the 1700s and 1800s, updated with the comforts of the 21st century. More...

New England Fall Foliage Season

Northeastern and Midwestern USA and southern Canada all have splendid autumn foliage color, but New England has the full range of color from the slopes of Mount Katahdin (5,270 feet /1,606 meters) in northern Maine to the temperate Connecticut Shoreline on Long Island Sound—you can follow the color from north to south for a long foliage season.

New England has the rugged coast, the smooth beaches, the salt marshes, the endless forests, and the deep history that make a fall foliage tour here a memorable experience. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Plymouth Rock enclosure, Plymouth MA

Above, shelter over Plymouth Rock.

Below, Marble House, Newport RI.

Marble House, Newport RI
Marble House
, Newport RI.

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