New England: Two of the Best
In the northeast of the United States you’ll find New England
, a region full of unending beauty. To get a taste of adventure and their other charms, head to Maine and New Hampshire.
New Hampshire Top 3
It has more tourist railways than any other state in the world. In fact, there are 274 kilometres of track in New Hampshire. Take a ride on the mountainclimbing Mount Washington Cog Railway, which boasts the world’s steepest trestles. Enjoy a multicourse meal as you watch the Pemigewassett River out the window on the Café Lafayette Dinner Train. There’s also the chance to follow the tracks of the Conway Scenic Railroad, which used to take wealthy New Englanders to grand summer resorts and the US’s first ski resorts in winter.
New Hampshire has the United States’ first and oldest hiking trail, the Crawford Path. Hikers will find halfburied train tracks that disappear along hiking trails and into the woods. Nature is reclaiming many of these old tracks, but they can still be found as evidence of how the White Mountain National Forest came to be.
New Hampshire’s towns famously preserve their centuries-old character. You can enjoy the spectrum of landscape experiences, from the ocean to the mountains, and the towns perfectly epitomise their settings. Do a walking tour and boat cruise in seaside town of Portsmouth. Tour a bean-to-bar maker at Peterborough’s Vicuña Chocolate. Ready to kick back? Head to Schillings Beer Co in Littleton.
Maine Top 3
Whether you’re looking to step out for a few hours or conquer a mountain, Maine is the place to be. Breathe in the salt air as you trek Acadia National Park or join the famous Appalachian Trail for a stretch. If you’re looking for a challenge, hit one of the rock-climbing trails. One of the most photogenic is Acadia’s Otter Cliffs, where climbs start on the surf line.
The Maine coastline is a dream for adventurers. Travel slowly on a Windjammer cruise, where you’ll help the crew raise the sails and pull the anchor from the sea floor. Take the water on a sea kayak and paddle among shipwrecks or watch the lobsterman setting traps. There are also inland lakes like Moosehead and Sebago, where you can launch a canoe or drop in a line in an attempt to catch lunch.
The brewers in Maine – and there are plenty of them – take great pride in the beers they produce, and many of them contain the pure water of Sebago Lake. Check out D L Geary Brewing Company, Maine’s first craft brewery, and Allagash Brewing Company, which specialises in Belgianstyle beers. And if you’ve got plenty of stamina, check out the Maine Beer Trail, connecting more than 80 craft brewers across the state.
Need more inspiration to discover New England? Find our suggested itineraries here or check out our USA Tailor-made collection brochure to discover more of this spectacular country. Alternatively, enquire now, call (AU) 1300 295 049 or (NZ) 0800 238 368 or see your travel agent to custom make your own tailor-made itinerary.
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