New England comprises:
Massachussets, Rhode Island, Vermont,
Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut.
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nation-founding, pilgrim fathers landed in the region so history here precedes
the 18thC which is rare in the USA and Boston - perhaps the most
'English' city in the USA - has a lot of cultural clout.
The area is generally intellectual, boasting Harvard, Yale, and
MIT among its educational establishments.
The coastiline is mostly scenic with good beaches - if chilly water - quaint towns and
superb fresh seafood, though modern malls plague this area
too. Autumn (Fall) is particularly attractive in this well
The weather in the winter
can be atrocious and at other times quickly changeable - a little too like
it's namesake, England (UK).
Best: May-October (especially October for fall colours)
Worst: November-March (extreme cold but great skiing).
the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds
of weather inside of twenty-four hours', Mark Twain
is the culture king; add in the big three islands off the coast
and this state is New England's top attraction.
the force of independence from British rule,
revolution began here in 1775 and ended colonial power in 1776;
a vibrant and exciting city with plenty of intellect. More Boston
state's hooked peninsula is one of its biggest tourist destinations,
with extensive beaches and historic towns plus two large tourist friendly
islands - Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket - off its southern coast.
Top spots include upbeat and arty Provincetown with good nearby
beaches where the pilgrims first trod on this continent.
Wellfleet, also artistically inclined, is famous for its oysters (a New England staple food),
with many pretty beaches and wildlife areas to be found along the
seashore; good for hiking and biking trips.
Martha's Vineyard: like its mainland
cousin above this is a top coastal region.
There are three main towns, but the most attractive and classy is
Edgartown with its historic 17th/19thC buildings, good beaches,
nearby hiking and biking.
Nantucket: the least developed part
of the Cape Cod peninsula, Natucket island is very pretty and has only one real
town, Nantucket, also perfect for relaxed hiking, cycling and beach lounging.
Berkshire Hills: a hilly summer retreat
in the west of the state with several worthwhile historic towns.
Highlights are Lenox - with a good selection of performing arts
during the summer, Stockbridge for the Norman Rockwell museum and
Williamstown with its huge MassMoCA modern arts gallery and Clark
Plymouth: the Pilgrim fathers decided
to stay here in 1620, so see the replica of the Mayflower ship and
the 17thC style plantation.
Salem: traditional houses, Peabody
Essex Museum and spooky 17th Century witch trial information and relics.
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both an extensive, beautiful coastline scattered with picturesque
towns and swathes of inland wilderness.
and Islands: a terriffic area for sailing, the highlights of the touristy southern coast
are small historic Kennebuck with 18th/19th C buildings and the
city of Portland.
Further along the coast gets more rugged and has fewer tourists;
try the beautiful Pemaquid Peninsula, Monhegan Island for pleasant
walking and superb views, Camden for sailors and the Acadia National
Park for excellent scenery to hike and bike through.
Inland Wilderness: the main outdoor attractions are hiking in the Baxter State Park,
excellent rafting in the Kennebec River and hiking and skiing around
the popular town of Bethel.
The smallest state in the USA, so it's easy to explore.
Newport: wealthy New Yorkers have made this an exclusive area, with several
impressive mansions open to the public, a Museum of Yachting and
three first class music festivals in the summer: Classical,
Folk, then Jazz.
Also good surf on the Atlantic coastline.
Block Island: tiny but very
scenic and popular for day hiking and biking.
White Mountains: in the northern part of the state there are
plenty of recreation opportunities throughout the White Mountains
National Forest, particularly hiking. Highlights are Mt Washington
and the Franconia Notch Gorge featuring the 'Old Man of the Mountain'
of the settlements founded in 1623, the Strawbery Banke Museum offers
a view of old times while several historic houses are open to the
History once again tops the bill here, though
Vermont also makes the most of its more mountainous features.
Burlington: cultural highlight of the state, with the extensive Shelburne Museum
displaying arts and crafts exhibits in historic buildings and a
working traditional farm.
Bennington: the Bennington Museum makes the town a worthwhile visit, with a
huge collection of Americana.
Green Mountains: Killington and Stowe in the Green Mountains, are two of the state's premiere ski resorts,
otherwise the usual mountain hiking possibilities.
inland and coastal regions of the state offer few must see attractions,
but those with special interests will find a couple of gems.
Haven: the attraction here is Yale University for its splendid historic
campus, the Yale Center for British Art, plus the Yale University
Art Gallery. Otherwise keep it as a day trip from New York.
Mystic: this historic seaport features
the Mystic Seaport Museum with dozens of historic buildings and
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