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New England: Places to See

Located in the northeast corner of the United States, New England comprises six states -- Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Here you can visit cities filled with rich history, museums and cultural attractions, enjoy white-sand beaches and panoramic mountain views or marvel at the vibrant fall foliage. New England has something for all tastes.

The region’s largest and most popular metropolis is Boston, one of the most historic cities in the United States. Visit Boston Harbor, the site of the famous tea party, explore the beautiful Public Garden and stroll the famous Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile walking path through the streets of Boston that showcases the city’s renowned landmarks. Just south of Boston is Plymouth, the location of the first Pilgrim settlement founded in 1620 and home to Plymouth Rock, a boulder that marks the place where the Mayflower Pilgrims are thought to have landed on shore.

Stowe is a charming mountain town in Vermont that is home to the celebrated Von Trapp Family Lodge. The Von Trapp family, made famous by “The Sound of Music,” built this hideaway when they arrived from Austria in the late 1940s. South of Stowe is the quintessential New England village of Woodstock where historic homes line the village square. Neighboring New Hampshire is home to North Conway, where visitors can take in scenic mountain views and learn about the wildlife and ecology of the region.

Maine is the easternmost state in New England, and travelers are drawn to its spectacular rugged coast. The charming city of Portland offers something for everyone, from museums and art galleries to stunning natural beauty. Bar Harbor is Maine’s oldest summer resort town and is adjacent to Acadia National Park, which encompasses more than 47,000 acres and boasts stunning views and an abundance of wildlife.

New England’s islands and coastal towns are popular destinations during the summer. The elegant Rhode Island town of Newport is known for breathtaking Ocean Drive and its mansions that served as summer “cottages” for affluent socialites in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Cape Cod in Massachusetts is home to several quaint villages such as Provincetown, a fun town known for its beaches, boutiques and restaurants, and Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod. Take a ferry to nearby Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Once important shipping and whaling centers, these idyllic islands are now summertime havens for past presidents and celebrities.