Hugging the northeast corner of the USA, New England comprises Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. A rich colonial history plays out over fascinating cities and pretty villages while scenic roads, a delight to drive, bring you away from white-sand beaches and idyllic lighthouses to an interior defined by mountain panoramas, expansive lakes and brilliant autumn foliage.
Rural charms for every season
Despite being one of the oldest settled parts of the USA, much of this six-state huddle, comprising Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, retains the rural charm that greeted pioneers some 400 years ago. Here, you’ll trace the footsteps of the colonists that left their mark on the region’s dramatic twists, turns and folds. Following the blooms of spring, the beaches of Cape Cod beckon with long warm summer days, while winter is a time for snow-bound fun in the region's mountainous interior. Then, come autumn, tourists make their pilgrimage to the undulating hills, which play host to the rich browns and deep reds that have become New England’s signature.
Landscapes to savour
With 5,000 miles of coastline that play host to whale watchers, fishermen, swimmers, sailors, sunbathers and surfers alike, much of New England’s draws can be found outside. From New Hampshire’s jewel-like lakes and the glacier-carved forested interior of Maine to Vermont’s ski slopes and the bays of Massachusetts, New England is best explored by car or on foot. But it’s not just for show; the region’s coastline produces excellent seafood, including Maine lobsters and Wellfleet oysters. Wake up to a stack of pancakes drenched in Vermont’s famous Maple Syrup.
A world leader in culture & the arts
For a dose of culture, head to one of the region’s historic cities. Connecticut, for example, supports Yale University, America’s third-oldest institution where visitors can enjoy its campus and museums, dating back to the early 18th century. Massachusetts also features the educational elite of Harvard and M.I T. Elsewhere, you’ll find museums dedicated to the area’s revolutionary past and towns littered with Gothic churches. For something more up-to-date, look to the bustling music scenes of Boston, Portland and Burlington, which include the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra. New England is also enjoying something of an art revival with a host of contemporary art galleries springing up.