New England, the birthplace of the United States has a lot to offer and a lot to teach
through travel experiences.
Rich in fascinating old cities speaking their history, scenic villages, cultural attractions, and outdoor activities at every turn, New England should be on everyone’s radar when it comes to traveling.
And if you’re not convinced already, wait until you hear about the sandy beaches, panoramic mountain views, and broad lakes that will make you fall in love at first glance.
It’s no wonder why New England is one of the most visited places in America. Here are the best spots to visit on your stay here.
If you’re looking for a popular summer destination in New England, Cape Cod is the
place for you. It represents a hook-shaped headland of Massachusetts rich in ocean
beaches, lighthouses, seafood snacks, quaint villages, bay, and ponds.
Things to do in Cape Cod.
If you decide to visit, enter the John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis. It’s the first stop in the Kennedy Legacy Trail.
You can also visit Provincetown. It’s like a haven for artists and members of the LGBT community with countless clubs, cabarets, art galleries, and theaters.
If you visit in August, you can catch the annual Carnival Festivals.
But if you’re into outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, and biking, visit the major Cape Cod National Seashore.
If you like fishing, seal, and whale-watching, get on a charter boat from the
ones that leave the harbors throughout the place. Visiting the Oceanographic Institute
and the Science Aquarium is also a must on your stay to Cape Cod.
Just know that the best time to come here is between May and September while it’s still warm. If you want to attend some of the Provincetown’s celebrations and festivals, visit in August.
And if you want to be a part of the Wellfleet Oysterfest, come in October.
Set on a headland expanding into Casco Bay, Portland is probably one of the best known
and most visited cities in the state of Maine.
Things to do in Portland
If you decide to visit, expect restaurants and shops along with functional fishing docks. If you prefer a natural environment, visit the Western Promenade. It represents a public park that offers exceptional mountain and river views.
Surrounded by the West End district, the park will provide you with an
amazing experience that you’ll never forget.
But in order to get the full picture, visit the Victorian Mansion museum and enjoy the observation of the countless buildings and homes built in the famous Victorian style.
You can also visit the Arts District and see some of the many buildings such as the Portland Museum of Arts. Or the Institute of Contemporary Art. If you want to visit beaches, Cape Elizabeth is where you should go.
Besides beaches, you will also encounter old lighthouses and rocky headlands. If you
wonder what’s the best time to visit Portland, know that tourists do it between May
If you visit in September, you can attend the Harvest on the Harbor food festival. However, if you want to be a part of the Maine Brewers Festival and the Maine Marathon, visit in October. Winters in Portland are usually cold and snowy.
Along Maine’s Frenchman Bay, on Mount Desert Island, hides Bar Harbor, one of the
best places to visit in New England. Many consider this place to be a gateway to the
cliffs and mountains of the famous Acadia National Park.
Things to do in Bar Harbor
If you climb Cadillac Mount,
you can enjoy the panoramic view of the town, the Cranberry Islands, and the bay. You
can also visit Sand Beach on your visit to Bar Harbor. Ringed by mountains, it provides
one of the best travel experiences.
If you want to learn more about the history of the
place, visit the Abbe Museum downtown. It displays artifacts and info on the culture of
the Native Wabanaki people.
If you haven’t heard, Bar Harbor represents a resort area for the richest, especially on West Street where you can notice summer properties. If you’re into whale watching, know that the waters near this place are perfect for it.
Are you planning to visit?
If yes, know that it’s best to do it between June and October. If you visit in June or July, you can catch the Bar Harbor Music Festival and the AcadiaBirding Festival. If you’re going for whale watching, visit between May and October.
If you want to visit a special place in New England, visit the White Mountains, one of
the most famous mountain range that covers almost a quarter of New Hampshire and
very little of western Maine in America.
They represent a part of New England’s most rugged mountains and also a part of the Appalachian Mountains.
Things to do in the White Mountains
If you plan to visit the mountains, know that most of the land is public, including the National Forest and many other state parks. One of the most famous mountains remains Mount Washington.
It’s the highest top in the whole northeastern part of the country. So, if you are for
some amazing views and breathtaking landscapes, visiting the White Mountains is the
a place for you.
On your stay, you can also visit the Franconia Notch State Park and the Flume Gorge. If you plan to come, know that pets aren’t allowed in the Flume Gorge.
Stowe represents a town in Vermont that’s overlooked by Mount Mansfield.
Best known for the ski slopes and trails, Stowe is perfect for those who love hiking and skiing, so if you’re into these things and thinking of going there, don’t hesitate and do it right away.
You can also visit the Smugglers’ Notch State Park filled with a small mountain pass and
thick forest. If you go through the Stowe Recreation Path, it will take you to the Little
The river where you can enjoy mesmerizing mountain views.
If you want to see artifacts and ski gear, visit the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum. For those who wonder what is the best time to visit Stowe, know that most tourists who want to hike or camp, decide to visit between June and August.
If you want to ski, visit between January and March.
And if you want to be a part of the Stowe Winter Carnival, come to Stowe in January.
Mount Desert Island
If you want to visit an island in New England, go for the Mount Desert Island. Situated
in Hancock County, the island represents one of the biggest one in Maine.
It’s also one of the largest ones in the entire country with an area of 108 sq miles. With a population of over 10,000 and over two and a half million tourists, this place is like a paradise.
It’s also a home to one of the best summer destinations we’ve mentioned before such as Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor. If you wish for a peaceful place to escape the city fuss,
visiting this place will definitely meet your desires and expectations.
You can enjoy the sunset on Sand Beach, gaze at the landscapes that the Acadia National Park offers or climb the Cadillac Mountain and take the best photos of the panoramic views it offers.
Lake Champlain is the sixth largest lake in the country known for ice fishing, parks,
exploring nature and nearby towns. If you plan to visit this place, don’t forget to stop
by Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge.
Or the Cumberland Bay State Park located on the western shore of Champlain. It’s the perfect place to rest, explore or enjoy all the beauty nature has to offer.
If you visit the Missisquoi Bay, expect a large addition in the northern part of Champlain. Interesting about this place is that it’s shaped like a violin.
Things to do in Lake Champlain
If you plan to visit, know that it’s best to do it during the spring/summer period.
Block Island South of Rhode Island, hides Block Island with a red-brick Lighthouse that’s situated on top of the clay cliffs of Mohegan Bluffs, overlooking a rocky beach.
If you decide to pay Block Island a visit, stop by at the most beautiful resting spot on the east coast, the famous Crescent beach. Or admire the second lighthouse along with Sachem Pond.
You can check out the swallows and gulls who live there and enjoy the song of migratory
birds. The best time to come to Block Island is between June and September while it’s
still warm. If you visit in July, you can attend Independence Day celebrations and enjoy.
If you’re looking for the perfect coastal city, New Heaven, situated in Connecticut is
the place for you. Home to Ivy League Yale University, it will charm you at first sight.
If you come here, don’t miss out visiting the Yale Center for British Art, the Peabody
Museum of Natural History, and the Yale University Art Gallery.
If you don’t feel weird at graves, you can check out the Grove Street Cemetery. If you want you can also visit the annual festival of arts and ideas on New Haven Green and the Yale campus.
Or set foot on the East Rock Park overlooking the harbor and New Heaven. However, if you are into outdoor activities like cross–country skiing, hiking, and fishing, this is the place for you.
Just know that it’s best to visit between May and June.
Boston- The Capital of Massachusetts.
Saving the best for last, we represent the beautiful Boston, one of the largest city in
the state. Also the capital of Massachusetts, Boston was founded in 1630.
Meaning it’s also one of the oldest ones in the United States. If you plan to visit, walk the Freedom Trail and observe the historic sites of the city. No museum is better to learn about the history of the place than the old buildings telling their story.
You can also visit Faneuil Hall, a former meeting house that represents a famous marketplace today.
Don’t forget to stop by “Beantown” and visit the Symphony Hall. Or the Museum of Fine Arts. Or the Museum of Science. There’s one more spot to visit that will leave you amazed.
It's the Public Garden where you can observe legendary swan boats, have dinner at some of the local restaurants, go shopping, or have a warm cup of coffee in some of the beautiful nearby cafes.
If you wonder what’s the best time to visit Boston, know that it’s always
the right time to come to this lovely city and explore its beauties or attend festivals.