One of the most northern regions of the US, it is comprised of six states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
A land of mountains, forests, and sea, it’s also home to some of America’s most astounding national parks, as well as buzzing cities like Boston and the bucolic towns that make up much of Maine. A different delight every season, New England holidays are as unique as they are alluring.
The unforgettable natural beauty of New England is concentrated in Baxter State Park, home to one of the starting points of the famous Appalachian Trail. This rugged landscape is blanketed in snow during the winter, but if your New England holiday takes place in autumn you can see it drenched in the rich reds and deep browns of fall foliage and lit up with warm, low-lying sunlight. After all, there’s a reason New England is such a famous destination to visit between September and December.
While almost everywhere in New England is gorgeous, there are places with a few more people that are worth visiting. Cape Cod is one such location, with stunning sea views and enchanting little towns dotting the peninsula. Salem should also be on your list, with guided walking tours of the centre a particular highlight. And, for those who are keen on New England rail tours, the North Conway Scenic Railway is a great attraction to enjoy for a few hours, with the train meandering through some of the region’s finest scenery.
Whether you come in Fall or Spring, Winter or Summer, you’re sure to love what New England has to offer.
Maple trees are in abundance in New England
This makes the maple syrup that’s tapped from them deliciously fresh. Feel free to pour some all over your desserts, your breakfasts, or anything you can get your hands on!
Clams have been a staple dish in this part of the world for centuries, in all their forms. While clam chowder is a firm favourite, fried clams are just as moreish.
They love their beer in New England, with thousands of microbreweries based in the region. Bars will almost always stock local fare among national and international favourites. Give one a try and you might just find your new favourite brew.
Food and drink in New England is as varied as their seasons, which means you'll never be stuck for choice.
We answer the most frequently asked questions about holidaying in New England.
As New England is in the northeastern region of the United States, bordering Canada, the region faces lengthy winters and even heavy snow. And it gets colder the further north you travel. In summer, there is quite a lot of sun, with average temperatures hovering around 24°C.
It can vary from year to year, but New England’s world-famous harvest season kicks off in mid-September and stretches to early November. This is the optimal time to immerse yourself in the fall foliage in this part of the United States.
If you’re heading to New England for a fall foliage extravaganza, be prepared for a slight chill. Pack warm base layers, jumper, waterproof jacket, full-length trousers, scarf, sturdy/waterproof footwear, hat (for those sunny mornings!), and a camera or smartphone to capture all that brilliant colour.
You bet! When you have spare time on the tour in Boston, take a moment to try some of the region’s famed fresh lobster or even clam chowder before a stroll to the historic harbourside.
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