Introducing New England
You’re likely to return from New England with an album of images: white-clapboard churches on well-manicured greens; red-brick buildings on leafy college campuses; granite mountains majestically ablaze with fall colors; paint-peeling fishing boats bobbing at their mores. New England is all that, and more.
Besides rural charm, New England is also about urban grit. Industrial and port cities around the region were built on the backs of factory workers, mill girls and sailors. Today towns like Salem, Mystic, Lowell, Providence and Portland are remaking themselves as trendsetters and tourist destinations. No matter what new identity these cities take on, however, they retain their edgy undersides, fuelling innovative art and nonstop nightlife. Which brings us to our next point: New England is at the cutting edge of culture. With the recent opening of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Boston, the region is now home to two exciting, experimental contemporary art museums. Indie bands rock out in Boston, Portland, Providence and Burlington. The world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra takes its show on the road in summer, delighting audiences in the Berkshires. Around the region concert series, film festivals and theater productions make for a cultural calendar that is jam-packed and jaw-dropping.
New England is big on outdoor adventure: you’ll find a sport for every season. Whether you’re hurdling over carriage roads on a mountain bike or swooping down a snowy slope on a snowboard, the rounded peaks of the region’s mountain ranges give everyone a rush. While you’re paddling the luxuriously languid inland lakes or rafting down a rippling river, her waterways awaken your senses. Whether you’re bird-watching or building sand castles, her windswept beaches are beguiling.
New England is history. It’s the Pilgrims who came ashore at Plymouth Rock and the minutemen who fought for American independence. But it’s also contemporary. It’s the farmers and fishermen struggling for survival; students and immigrants, always adapting. New England oozes individuality and diversity; it’s colorful and controversial, free-thinking and forward-looking.
Best places to stay in New England
New England travel guide
Come to New England for spectacular summits and snow-covered slopes, for ocean breezes and salty air, for succulent seafood and sweet maple syrup, for history and high culture, and to follow the writers and revolutionaries who changed the world.
Cheese travel: tips from a cheesemonger
Gordon Edgar is the cheese buyer for San Francisco’s famous Rainbow Grocery Cooperative (rainbow.coop), a store that is well-known by Bay Area food-lovers for having an amazingly well-stocked and diverse cheese selection.
New England - Planning your trip (Chapter)
This chapter contains the Top Experiences, Welcome to New England, Need to Know, What's New, If You Like, Month by Month, Itineraries, Fall Foliage, Travel with Children and Regions at a Glance chapters from Lonely Planet's New England guidebook. Coverage includes: Top Experiences, Regional Background, Itineraries, Monthly Highlights, New Sights, Travel with Children, Foliage Sights, Outdoor Activities and Regional Overview.
The history is legendary – Plymouth, where the Pilgrims landed; Boston, where the first shots of the American Revolution rang out; and Nantucket, whose whaling ships swarmed the oceans.
The world's best places to see autumn colours
The dog days of summer are over. But despite the chill in the air, there’s no need to be downhearted. Autumn is the most spectacular season, a last hurrah before the bitter winds of winter take hold. Pull on your walking boots and head to one of these stunning destinations to witness glorious autumn colour.
New England - Understanding New England & Survival Guide (Chapter)
This chapter contains the New England Today, History, Literature, Back to School, Food, Appalachian Trail, Baseball in New England, Directory and Transport chapters from Lonely Planet's New England guidebook. Coverage includes: History, Food, Politics, Books, Music, Film, Scenery, Hiking, Baseball, Universities, Transport and Directory.
Boston Freedom Trail Day Trip from New York
Take a day trip from New York to explore Boston, a city of culture and old world charm. You'll follow the famous red-brick Freedom Trail through downtown Boston, passing 16 sights including Paul Revere's House and Boston Common. Departing New York, you'll take a picturesque drive along the eastern coast through Connecticut to Massachusetts and its capital, Boston.
2-Day Best of New England Tour from New York: Newport Mansions, Cape Cod and Boston
Take advantage of New England's proximity to New York City with this two-day historical tour through Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts! From New York City, you’ll head northeast, past Yale University, the mansions of Newport and the dunes of Cape Cod on your way to Boston, which you’ll explore on Day 2.
A foliage tour of New England
Touring through small-town New England in search of autumn’s changing colours has become such a popular activity, it has sprouted its own enthusiastic subculture of 'leaf-peepers'.
Sights in New England
Activities in New England
Tours in New England
Restaurants in New England
Budget hotels & hostels
Guesthouses and B&Bs
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