Discover New England
New England – the birthplace of the USA – boasts a storied history and a rich cultural heritage. The region is made up of six states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Here are our tips for getting the most out of your New England adventure.
Experience a New England beach summer
The white, sandy beaches that stretch along New England’s 9650 kilometres of coastline have long been a playground for locals, visitors and even the odd celebrity or two. Simply combine lobster shacks and fried clams, homemade ice creams and long, lazy days for the perfect summer experience.
The microbrewery movement
is steaming ahead in New England, where you’re never far from a good brew. From Big Claw Pilsner and Pumpkin Eater Ale to the Three Peak Holiday Stout, which is barrel-aged on French-roasted Kenyan coffee beans, local brewers go out of their way to experiment with local ingredients.
Step back in time
In New England, the past comes to life. From the 18,000-year history of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation to the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers, New England has witnessed many of the major events that have shaped the USA. See where the American Revolution started. Along with the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.
Enjoy maple-sugaring season
As winter becomes spring, New England enjoys its shortest – but sweetest – season, the maple-sugaring season, when maple syrup is made. From late February to early April, farmers are out in the woods with their buckets, plastic tubing and drills as they “tap” the trees for their sap. A bottle of this liquid gold is the best souvenir.
Visit Acadia National Park
Well known for its astounding beauty, Acadia National Park’s 19,000 hectares of mountains, lakes and rugged coastline on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, Isle au Haut and Schoodic Peninsula are perfect for wildlife watching, hiking and rock climbing.
Sail on a windjammer
Discover Maine’s coast
and islands aboard a historic schooner. Anchor in quaint harbours, enjoy the hustle and bustle of working waterfronts, see Maine’s famous lighthouses and take in the stunning coastal views. You can even help to haul the sails and coil up the ropes.
Pedal to lighthouses
From your bicycle seat, take in panoramic coastal views while pedalling to some of Maine’s iconic lighthouses. Not only are these maritime icons picturesque, each has a unique story, just waiting to be told. Along the way, discover Portland’s history and tuck into its best lobster roll.
Paddle through Maine’s wilderness
If it’s adventure you seek, head into Maine’s woods to experience pristine wilderness. The wildest section of the Appalachian Train stretches from Monson to Maine’s highest peak, Katahdin, and offers some awesome paddling opportunities for canoers or kayakers.
Find your adventure
In New Hampshire
, an adventure could be as tame as moose spotting or as extreme as backcountry skiing. Whatever your preference, leave the tourist track and head deep into nature – perhaps out into the Atlantic for some deep-sea fishing or inland for a hike to cascading falls or some climbing among the tallest mountains in northeastern USA.
Yes, you read that right – there’s no sales tax in New Hampshire. The price you see is the price you pay. If you’re looking for something local, try New Hampshire’s League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and New Hampshire Made, which both have retail stores throughout the state offering locally-made goods.
The freshest cuisine you’ll find
Picked right off the tree or plucked straight from the Atlantic, the produce in New Hampshire doesn’t get any fresher. You can help to harvest your meal’s ingredients at a working farm or simply sit back and enjoy a sumptuous five-course meal.
Sightsee – your way
Take in the views from your car window as you drive the 160-kilometre White Mountain Loop. Or follow a snowmobile trail – of which there are more trails than there are roads – take one of the state’s five scenic train journeys, or cruise on a small lake, a river or out on the ocean.
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