Made up of the six diverse states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, New England is known as the “birthplace” of America. Each state has its own way of life but is connected by rich history, cultural attractions, fascinating cities, scenic villages, outdoor adventure and delicious local food and drink.
New England is famed for its dazzling fall foliage with a magical expanse of red, gold and orange colours stretching as far as the eye can see. But the region is much more than just the autumn months.
It is rich in history: pilgrims first arrived and settled in Plymouth in 1620. By the late 18th century the British colonies of New England were among the first to demonstrate ambitions of independence and in 1775 Lexington and Concord saw the first shots fired of the American Revolution. In the 19th century, New England also played a fundamental role in the movement to abolish slavery.
Six States, Six Reasons
Spend a few days in historic Boston, with its fine restaurants, superb shopping and fascinating museums. Then head out to explore the wider region – most attractions are only a three to four-hour drive away! In Massachusetts take in the golden beaches of Cape Cod, discover the beautiful coastline, stroll through the Berkshire Hills to the west, visit charming towns and some of America’s best living history museums.
Maine is known for its long craggy coastline, picture-perfect lighthouses, hidden coves and rugged mountains. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the endless adventure opportunities in Acadia National Park. There are bustling cities and picturesque fishing villages to explore, fine museums and the freshest lobster straight from the sea.
In New Hampshire, towering Mount Washington in the White Mountains and hundreds of lakes mean outdoor activities are in abundance! Add in historic and lively Portsmouth, tax-free shopping and New Hampshire offers something for everyone.
Vermont boasts incredible scenery; red barns, covered bridges, stone walls, country roads and picturesque villages. It is also great for hiking, romantic weekends and family breaks. Add in cosy inns, tempting shops and great museums and Vermont is the perfect holiday destination.
Accessible from both Boston and New York, Connecticut offers a charming New England feel with a cosmopolitan style. From the beaches of Long Island Sound and the bustle of Yale University to Mystic Seaport’s whaling history, Connecticut blends sophistication with great food and attractive villages.
Rhode Island may be the USA’s smallest state, but it offers fine art galleries and chic shops, water sports and hands-on museums. Enjoy peaceful coastlines and countryside, as well as some of finest waterfront dining. Not forgetting the yachting mecca of Newport, once the playground for the wealthy with its grand mansions.
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