Home to gabled churches, rustic antiques, and steeped in American history, New England offers beaches, spectacular seafood, rugged mountains, frequent winter snows, and some of the nation’s oldest cities, in a territory small enough to tour within a week. New England shines during autumn and its foliage is world-renowned. Peak season ranges from early September at the farthest north points of Maine to early November for Southern Connecticut. Combine that with local festivals, hay rides, fresh-pressed apple cider, and fruit harvesting, and you have the recipe for a wonderful time.
Acadia National Park – Located in the state of Maine, this is truly one of the most spectacular parks in the United States, with its scenic rocky coast, and forested valleys, lakes and mountains, carved by glacial force. Highlights here include the 1,500 ft Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the U.S. Atlantic Coast, Thunder Hole, Mt. Desert Island offers endless ocean and mountain scenery. Many choose the commercial center of Bar Harbor to launch their Acadia vacation.
White Mountain National Forest, N.H. – The White Mountain National Forest, located in New Hampshire and Maine is a wonderful place to visit. Spectacular views and a full range of outdoor activities are available. The Appalachian Trail runs through the Forest for 170 miles.
Essex – This harbor side town is pleasant, with a tree lined downtown, great little shops, and a beautiful park with gazebo and picnic benches leading to the Connecticut River.
Portland – An interesting, revitalized city set on beautiful Casco Bay with old Victorian Homes, tree-lined streets and the great Old Port Exchange, an area with terrific restaurants and stores. Some say it is like a mini San Francisco, with its hills, charm and now a growing eclectism, with an art community, more diversity in its people, lots of culture, all residing by the sea.
Portsmouth – The best small city in New England. From a distance, the majestic church steeple rising above a sleepy looking, small New England town belies the vibrancy of this New Hampshire seacoast city.
Barrington – CNN once named Barrington, R.I., as the sixth best place to live in the United States. Barrington has such a strong appeal with its pretty harbor, stately estates and mansions, well-kept colonials and Victorians and pleasing local stores that it seems like the town that everyone dreams of living in.
Providence – From the colorful Italian streets of Federal Hill to the elegant brownstone, Ivy League neighborhoods of Brown University, Providence feels like a complete city. There’s the mile of colonial houses on Benefit Street juxtaposed against a rapidly growing skyline.
Burlington – Home of the University of Vermont, Burlington is one of New England’s finest cities with a cultural feel and a picturesque presence on beautiful Lake Champlain. Church Street marketplace is one of Burlington’s centerpieces, with four traffic-free blocks featuring colorful, independently- owned shops, great restaurants, art galleries and some splendid 19th century architecture. ‘
The lush and beautiful Shenandoah Valley, extending for 322 km from Harpers Ferry in West Virginia to Salem and Roanoke, is a combination of history, beauty and adventure. Visitors to the Valley can enjoy spectacular hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains, follow in the footsteps of Revolutionary and Civil War heroes, explore museums, battlefields and historic homes, or ski and golf at top-class resorts. Known as the Daughter of the Stars, the Valley can essentially be divided into three regions. The Northern Valley area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with exciting opportunities to tackle the Shenandoah River by canoe or kayak, to hike the Appalachian Trail or cross-country ski in the mountains. The Central Valley offers exciting outdoor opportunities, as well as a chance to explore historical sites, farmers markets and the spectacular Shenandoah Caverns. The Southern part of the Valley boasts several mineral springs, the 215ft Natural Bridge, attractive historic towns such as Lexington, and the bustling cities of Roanoke and Salem.
Located in Virginia, this is the location of Colonial Williamsburg is America’s largest outdoor living history museum. A fully operational 18th century city with tradesmen and tradeswomen working in their shops. Enjoy a step back in time and see how eighteenth century people of all social classes would have lived. Participate in a court proceeding, tour the Governor’s Palace, and see how the American Revolution affected the people of this historic town.