Welcome to New England!
A New England vacation is a getaway your family will love!
The natural beauty, culture, and history of New England attract and delight visitors from around the world. The six states that compose the region -- Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- have distinct characters, but they all host visitors in all seasons of the year. Fall is for viewing the colorful foliage; winter brings all manner of snow sports; spring is the time for urban fun, museums, and cultural attractions; and summer is for getting outdoors in the mountains, meadows, and beaches.
New England states:
An easy drive from New York City and Philadelphia, Connecticut is a place of Revolutionary War history and cultural attractions, like the architecture and museums of Yale University in New Haven; the home of writer Mark Twain in Hartford; and the many charming village greens, antique shops, and cozy inns of the rural Litchfield region. Two major attractions are the Mystic Seaport living history museum and Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, as well as two giant Native American casinos, Foxwoods in Mashantucket and Mohegan Sun in Uncasville.
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The northernmost New England state, Maine has a dual character. People love its magnificent, rocky coasts and plentiful historic lighthouses, and also its forested inland mountains and lakes. A gem is Acadia National Park on the coast, with rocky beaches, bluffs, and stunning ocean vistas. The southern coast has wonderful sand beaches like Old Orchard Beach and Ogunquit, and the coastal city of Portland, with a burgeoning foodie culture, great art museums, and interesting 19th-century architecture. The inland lakes and mountains attract hunters, fishermen, hikers, skiers, and snowmobilers.
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Massachusetts has the most variety of the New England states. Boston is a world-class city with many prestigious universities, dining of every description, music, museums and Revolutionary War history. Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket attract visitors with their fabulous beaches and comfortable maritime setting. Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires offer ski mountains and cultural attractions in Tanglewood, Lenox, and Stockbridge. The story of the Pilgrims is told in Plymouth. The northern towns of Gloucester, Salem, and Lowell display the state's fishing, witching, and industrial history.
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New Hampshire is loved for its magnificent White Mountains, where visitors enjoy snow sports; luxury resorts and inns; scenic railroad excursions; and outdoor family attractions for kids. The state has a short but dynamic oceanfront in its southeastern corner. Big sand beaches with family entertainments are busy all summer. The port town of Portsmouth is on a river teeming with boat traffic, and visitors love its pretty downtown, great shopping and dining. The region surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee attracts generations of families for lakeside summer vacations.
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Rhode Island packs a lot of variety into its small geography. Visitors beam with wonder at Newport's oceanfront Gilded Age mansions and enjoy the city's stunning vistas and lively downtown with dining, culture, and historic buildings. The South County region spoils vacationers with broad, sandy beaches and summer entertainment. The city of Providence has a restored downtown surrounding a gorgeous riverfront park. The Providence Place Mall and Federal Hill, the city's Little Italy neighborhood, offer great shopping and dining. The inland Blackstone Valley tells the story of the earliest textile mill societies in America.
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The world's mental picture of Vermont is: green mountains; brilliant fall foliage; small, pretty towns and idyllic farms in lush valleys; fabulous skiing; maple trees and maple syrup. All of that is true. It is the one New England state with no oceanfront, but gorgeous Lake Champlain and its islands provide a playground for winter and summer water sports. The state has one major city, Burlington, which hums with community spirit and cultural activity. Manchester and its surrounding towns distill all the pleasures of Vermont, from inns to dining to mountainside fun.
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- Hearthside Bounty at Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, MA
- Newport Winter Festival Events in 2017 - Newport and Portsmouth, RI
- Snowshoe Strolls at Prescott Farm - Laconia, NH
- Moonlit Walks at Prescott Farm - Laconia, NH
- Phantom Punch: Contemporary Art From Saudi Arabia - Lewiston, ME
- Hanna-Barbera: The Architects Of Saturday Morning - Stockbridge, MA
- Adult Workshops at Fuller Craft Museum - Brockton, MA
- Vacation Week Drop-In Art Programs at Norman Rockwell Museum - Stockbridge, MA
- Guided Snowmobile Tours - Stowe, VT
- History on Tap - Falmouth, Barnstable, Sandwich, MA
- Connecticut Coast & Country Winter Wine Trail 2017 - Guilford, Wallingford, CT
- Weekly Live Music at Wildcat Tavern - Jackson, NH
- Ice Skating and Tubing Daily - Portland, ME
- “The Night of Iguana” - Cambridge, MA
- February School Vacation Week at the Audubon Environmental Education Center - Bristol, RI
- February School Vacation Week at Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge - Smithfield, RI
- Prelude to Spring: Botanical Art in Vermont Exhibit - Brandon, VT
- Sleigh Rides at Shelburne Farm - Shelburne, VT
- Cranapalooza 2017 - North Conway, NH
- Evening Snowshoe Tours at Great Glen Trails - Gorham, NH
- Hearthside Dinners at Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm - Tamworth, NH
- Wine Cheese and Snowshoe Hikes - Grafton, VT
- Wentworth by the Sea Winter Wine Festival 2017 - New Castle, NH
- Tour: Winter Merriment on the Back Roads - Manchester Center, VT
- Winter Wonder Days and Half-Price Admission to Roger Williams Park Zoo - Providence, RI
- Winter Carnival at Settlers Green - North Conway, NH
- Winter Carnival at King Pine - Madison, NH
- The Northwest Passage: Navigating Old Beliefs and New Realities Exhibit - Portland, ME
- Sea Change Exhibit at Mystic Seaport - Mystic, CT
- Lunar Attraction Exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum - Salem, MA
- Take It Outside Days at Maine State Parks - Many state parks, ME
- Paint the Town Red - Kennebunkport, ME
- Land-Based Eagle Watches on the Connecticut River - Madison, CT
- "The Honey Trap" - Boston, MA
- February Vacation at Old York: History Makers Camp - York, ME
- February at Franklin Park Zoo - Boston, MA
- Exhibit: Shoes: Pleasure and Pain - Salem, MA
- Bugs Bunny Film Festival - Cambridge, MA
- Storytelling Dinner at Corner House Inn - Center Sandwich, NH
- Full Moon & Folklore Hike - Essex, MA
- Snowy Owl Prowl - Essex, MA
- School Vacation Week Kids’ Camp at Wells Reserve at Laudholm - Wells, ME
- Mark Twain House Living History Tours by George Griffin, Family Butler - Hartford, CT
- Cabin Fever Craft Expo - Chester, VT
- Explore•a•Saurus Exhibit at Boston Children’s Museum - Boston, MA
- February School Vacation at Boston Children's Museum - Boston, MA
- "Peter and the Starcatcher" - New Milford, CT
- "Flash!" - Stonington, CT
- Tropical Sunsation Week - Mystic, CT
- February School Vacation at Connecticut Science Center - Hartford, CT
- Maine Jewish Film Festival 2017 - Portland, Waterville, Brunswick and Lewiston, ME
- "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - Providence, RI
- "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" - White River Junction, VT
- Lancaster Grand Prix - Lancaster, NH
- Eagle Flyer: A Connecticut River Eco-Excursion - Essex, CT