Your Guide to New England

New England States

Written by Alexia Dellner

Many might argue that New England is at its most beautiful in the autumn, when the change of seasons is reflected in shimmering gold, deep red, and flaming orange foliage.

But the six states of New England are in fact a glorious place to visit all year round, with plenty of rich history, outdoor adventures, lively cities, and charming towns to discover. New England also has a beautiful landscape with stunning coasts, lush valleys and scenic mountains to explore.

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Connecticut

The southernmost New England state, Connecticut has a few major urban areas (Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport), but mostly consists of quaint towns with white steeples, farmers’ markets, cosy Inns and friendly locals. The state’s proximity to New York also makes it popular with families. Connecticut’s most famous sights include Yale University, Mystic Seaport, and The Maritime Aquarium.

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Beautiful Connecticut

Thanks to Justine for the beautiful Connecticut images.

Maine

Known for its rugged coastline and many forests, Maine is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts fond of skiing, hiking, camping, sailing and even swimming (for those who don’t mind Atlantic temperatures). Venture out from the rocky shoreline to feast your eyes on whales, seals, puffins and traditional lighthouses. Don’t miss out on the fresh lobster; it’s a Maine speciality!

Beautiful Maine

Beautiful Maine

Thanks to George for the beautiful Maine images.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts’s state capital, Boston, is New England’s largest city and with its rich history, stunning architecture and renowned academic institutions, it’s the perfect starting point for any New England visit. But beyond the cosmopolitan city lie the woodsy Berkshires and the sandy beaches of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket – popular with the more sophisticated traveller.

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Beautiful Massachusetts

Beautiful Massachusetts

Thanks to Adam for the beautiful Massachusetts images.

New Hampshire

Residents of New Hampshire tend to live by their state slogan – “Live Free or Die.” New Hampshire is a proud state but rightly so with so much natural beauty around, particularly the many rugged forests such as the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. Other highlights include tax-free shopping and hundreds of lakes, including Lake Winnipesaukee, one of America’s  largest.

Looking for budget accommodation in New Hampshire? Check out these New Hampshire hotels and hostels

Beautiful New Hampshire

Beautiful New Hampshire

Thanks to Lindsay for the beautiful New Hampshire images.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the country but its capital, Providence, boasts a lively college scene complete with bars, restaurants, galleries and nightlife. For a calmer vibe, seaside town Newport is known for its impressive mansions and white sandy beaches. Small islands dot the coast such as vacation destination, Block Island, known for its preserved natural beauty.

Beautiful Rhode Island

Beautiful Rhode Island

Thanks to Michele for the beautiful Rhode Island images.

Vermont

Known for the Green Mountains that give the state its name (from the French verts monts), 80% of this tranquil state is covered in forest. It comes as no surprise then that Vermont is the East Coast’s premier skiing destination. But there’s more to Vermont than just its landscape – cheeses, maple syrup and microbreweries make this a top gastro spot too!

Beautiful Vermont

Thanks to Erica for the beautiful Vermont image.

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