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OVERVIEW OF NEW ENGLAND

Glen Ellis Falls, New Hampshire lobster buoys in Maine Boston's North End

Welcome to the Bigroads.com overview of New England!

Covered bridges, waterfalls, quaint small towns, lobsters, fall foliage & lighthouses…swimming holes, historic ballparks, fishing boats, clam shacks, and dairy farms. New England is a place of deep history and immeasurable beauty. Its historical sites and scenery lure millions of visitors each year from all over the world. But where should YOU go in New England? There are a lot of attractions to choose from, so we have constructed this web-page to help introduce you to the most significant wonders of this magnificent region.

New England includes just six states: Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

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NATIONAL PARKS & OTHER NATIONAL SITES OF NEW ENGLAND

There are many excellent national historic sites and one national park in New England. Here are the best ones to visit in our opinion:
Acadia National Park, Maine Minuteman National Historic Park, Massachusetts 2.5 mile Freedom Trail in Boston

STATE PARKS OF NEW ENGLAND

In addition to the federally-managed parks, New England also offers many outstanding state parks. Some of these state parks could easily qualify to be a national monument or national park, assuming the state was actually willing to relinquish control over their beloved public spaces.

The parks listed below represent our very favorite state parks in New England.
  • CONNECTICUT
    • Dinosaur State Park & Museum - one of the largest dinosaur footprint/track sites in North America
    • Gillette Castle State Park - historic castle plus some short hiking trails
    • Hammonasset Beach State Park - arguably Connecticut's finest beach
    • Kent Falls State Park - Connecticut's finest waterfall; bring a picnic and a Frisbee
  • MAINE
    • Baxter State Park - home of Katahdin, the most beautiful mountain in the East; tons of other camping & hiking opportunities
    • Camden Hills State Park - drive or hike to beautiful views of the town of Camden and the Atlantic Ocean; fall-foliage hot spot
    • Grafton Notch State Park - waterfalls, swimming holes, scenic views, and excellent hiking trails
    • Quoddy Head State Park - beautiful lighthouse plus coastal hiking
    • Popham Beach State Park - beautiful beach; good surfing
    • Reid State Park - beautiful beach; good surfing
  • MASSACHUSETTS
    • Halibut Point State Park - rock quarries and coastal hiking
    • Mount Greylock State Reservation - drive or hike to beautiful views from the highpoint of Massachusetts; lodging available
    • Mount Washington State Reservation - waterfalls and excellent hiking trails; don't miss Bash Bish Falls or Mt. Race
    • Nickerson State Park - paved bike paths, fishing ponds, hiking trails and an excellent campground with yurt-rentals available
    • Purgatory Chasm State Reservation - geologic wonder; hiking trails, boulder caves, and rock-climbing
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE
    • Echo Lake State Park - beautiful swimming pond and lovely hiking trails; avoid on weekends (too crowded)
    • Crawford Notch State Park - some of the best hiking trails in the United States, including Arethusa Falls and Mt. Pierce
    • Franconia Notch State Park - waterfalls, gorges, a paved bike path, plus excellent hiking trails
    • Mount Monadnock State Park - summit the most-climbed mountain in the U.S.A.; most popular route is White Dot + White Cross
    • Mount Washington State Park - drive or hike to the highpoint of New England; extensive 360-degree views; dress warm
    • Cardigan Mountain State Park - central NH's best hiking mountain; beautiful 360-degree views
  • RHODE ISLAND
    • Colt State Park - miles of walking & bicycle trails along RI's shoreline; bring a picnic
    • Fort Adams State Park - historic fort; summer concert series
  • VERMONT
    • Jamaica State Park - waterfalls, hiking trails, fly fishing, whitewater kayaking (2 weekends per year)
    • Smugglers Notch State Park - scenic driving route plus beautiful hiking trails and a lovely campground
    • Underhill State Park - beautiful campground and gorgeous hiking trails up Mt. Mansfield, which is Vermont's tallest mountain
Our top 5 favorite state parks in New England are probably:
  • Baxter State Park, Maine - hiking Knife's Edge on Mt. Katahdin; outstanding backpacking opportunities; several excellent waterfalls
  • Mount Greylock State Reservation, Massachusetts - hike or drive to the highpoint of Massachusetts; excellent backpacking opportunities
  • Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire - some of the best scenery, waterfalls and hiking in New England
  • Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire - some of the best scenery, waterfalls and hiking in New England
  • Mount Monadnock State Park, New Hampshire - beautiful views from one of the most famous mountains in the United States
Camden Hills State Park, Maine Quoddy Head Light, Maine Bash Bish Falls, Massachusetts

FAVORITE TOWNS & CITIES IN NEW ENGLAND

There any many great small towns and cities scattered throughout New England that can serve as a base camp for your travels and adventures. These towns and cities all offer excellent accommodations, great food, and access to exceptional nearby attractions. The list below represents our selections for the best towns and cities in New England:
  • CONNECTICUT
    • Essex
    • Mystic
  • MAINE
    • Bar Harbor
    • Camden
    • Kennebunkport
    • Ogunquit
    • Portland
    • York
  • MASSACHUSETTS
    • Boston
    • Cambridge
    • Edgartown
    • Great Barrington
    • Lenox
    • Newburyport
    • Northampton
    • Oak Bluffs
    • Provincetown
    • Rockport
    • Salem
    • Stockbridge
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE
    • Hanover
    • Jackson
    • Lincoln/Woodstock
    • North Conway
    • Portsmouth
  • RHODE ISLAND
    • Newport
    • New Shoreham
    • Providence
  • VERMONT
    • Burlington
    • Manchester
    • Stowe
    • Woodstock
Runner-ups: Montpelier (VT), York (ME), Brattleboro (VT), Shelburne Falls (MA), Center Harbor (NH), Old Orchard Beach (ME), Hyannis (MA)

Our five favorite small towns/small cities in New England are:
  • North Conway, Hampshire
  • Stowe, Vermont
  • Provincetown, Massachusetts
  • Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Newport, Rhode Island
Our three favorite medium-sized cities in New England are:
  • Portland, Maine
  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Burlington, Vermont
Our favorite major city in New England is of course Boston.

Boston's North End Cape Cod National Seashore Mount Washington Cog Railway, NH

FLYING INTO NEW ENGLAND

To reach New England, most people will opt to fly into Logan Airport (Boston, MA) or either one of New York City's major airports.

New England also has several large regional airports, including T.F. Green (Warwick, RI), Manchester-Boston (Manchester, NH), Bradley (Windsor Locks, CT), Burlington (South Burlington, VT) and Portland (Portland, ME).

There are also several smaller airports in places like Bangor (ME), New Haven (CT) and Hyannis (MA), but these airports are used less frequently by travelers from other regions.

When flying into a city, consider the cost of renting a vehicle, including any rental company "drop fees" if you plan on picking up a rental vehicle in one location and dropping it off in another.

BEST SKI RESORTS IN NEW ENGLAND

Despite lacking high altitude mountains, New England is quite famous for its excellent ski resorts. Here are the best resorts you'll find in this region:
  • MAINE
    • Saddleback Mountain - take note that the future of this mountain is uncertain as they have been having financial difficulties
    • Shawnee Peak
    • Sugarloaf Mountain
    • Sunday River Ski Resort
  • MASSACHUSETTS
    • Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
    • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE
    • Attitash Mountain Resort
    • Bretton Woods
    • Cannon Mountain
    • Cranmore Mountain Resort
    • Gunstock Mountain Resort
    • Loon Mountain
    • Mount Sunapee Resort
    • Ragged Mountain
    • Waterville Valley Resort
    • Wildcat Mountain
  • VERMONT
    • Bolton Valley Resort
    • Burke Mountain
    • Jay Peak
    • Killington Resort
    • Mad River Glen
    • Mount Snow
    • Okemo Mountain Resort
    • Pico Mountain
    • Smugglers Notch
    • Stowe Mountain Resort
    • Stratton Mountain Ski Resort
    • Sugarbush Mountain Ski Resort
My favorite ski resort in New England is probably Sugarloaf in Maine. It's a monster-sized resort, but it never feels that crowded-probably because it's located more than four hours from Boston. All trails at Sugarloaf ultimately lead back to just one base lodge, which contrasts to most other big mountains that have multiple base lodges. You can also ski-in, ski-out to several hotels and many condo rentals. Oh, and the terrain at Sugarloaf is fantastic.

Bretton Woods has the finest tree-skiing in New England, but the resort hasn't received enough snow to keep much of these glades open the last few winters.

Snowboarding is still banned at Mad River Glen in Vermont, one of only three remaining resorts in the U.S. that still ban the sport.

Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont is the most expensive resort in New England, and it has the look and feel of one of the ultra-posh ski resorts of the West.

The best place to learn how to ski in New England is probably King Pine in Madison, New Hampshire. The beginner ski area is simply perfect, with an extremely low angle of descent that helps avoid intimidating new skiers. The lift lines and crowds never seem too bad to us here either, even on most weekends.

FAVORITE MOUNTAINS TO HIKE IN NEW ENGLAND

There are some beautiful mountain/summit hikes to be hiked in New England. Here are the ones widely considered to be the best:
  • CONNECTICUT
    • Bear Mountain
  • MAINE
    • Bigelow Mountain
    • Cadillac Mountain
    • Doubletop Mountain
    • Mount Abraham
    • Baldplates, The
    • Traveler Mountain
    • Katahdin
    • Penobscot and Sargent Mountain
    • Precipice Trail / Champlain Mountain
    • Saddleback Mountain and The Horn
    • Tumbledown Mountain
  • MASSACHUSETTS
    • Mount Greylock
    • Mount Race
    • Mount Watatic
    • Mount Wachusett
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE
    • Mount Monadnock
    • Mount Chocorua
    • Mount Washington
    • Mount Lincoln & Mount Lafayette (the "Franconia Ridge")
    • Mount Madison
    • Mount Adams
    • Mount Willard
    • Mount Moosilauke
    • Mount Major
    • Mount Cardigan
    • Mount Carrigain
    • Mount Garfield
    • Welch & Dickey
    • North & South Baldface
    • Middle & North Sugarloaf
    • West Rattlesnake
  • VERMONT
    • Camel's Hump
    • Mount Hunger
    • Mount Mansfield
    • Stowe Pinnacle
    • Mount Pisgah
If you are in good shape, but haven't done much hiking before, Mt. Monadnock is the place to go.

Looking for more hikes in New England? Visit our top 25 day hikes in New England page on our New England Waterfalls website.

Mount Adams, New Hampshire Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park, Maine Franconia Ridge Trail, New Hampshire

FAVORITE ADVENTURES IN NEW ENGLAND

There are many fantastic adventure opportunities to be found in New England, including:
  • CONNECTICUT
    • Whitewater Rafting the Hoosatonic River
  • MAINE
    • Canoeing the Allagash River
    • Whitewater rafting the Penobscot River
    • Whitewater rafting the Kennebec River
    • Whitewater rafting the Dead River
    • Hut-to-hut trekking with Maine Huts & Trails
    • Dog-sledding with the Mahoosuc Guide Service
    • Sea-kayaking the Maine Island Trail
    • Hiking the 100-Mile Wilderness
    • Hiking the Knife's Edge of Katahdin in Baxter State Park
    • Climbing the cliffs of the Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park
    • Overnight canoeing on the Saco River
    • Skydive New England
  • MASSACHUSETTS
    • Biking the Cape Cod Rail Trail (44 miles round-trip; 100% paved)
    • Whitewater rafting the Deerfield River with Zoar Outdoor
    • Hiking the Appalachian Trail (from the CT border to the VT border)
    • Camping on the Boston Harbor Islands
    • Skydive Pepperell or Jumptown
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE
    • Spring skiing in Tuckerman Ravine on Mt. Washington
    • Rock scrambling Huntington's Ravine on Mt. Washington (class III+ rock scramble)
    • Backpacking the 31.5-mile Pemi Loop
    • Rock climbing Cathedral Ledge
    • Hut-to-hut trekking in the White Mountains using the AMC and/or RMC huts
    • Jackson Ski Touring Foundation-cross country skiing
    • Hiking or backpacking the Presidential Traverse from US 302 to US 2
    • Driving or hiking to the summit of Mt. Washington, high point of New England
    • Cliff jumping @ Upper Ammonoosuc Falls (take note that this is extremely dangerous in moderate or high water)
    • Canoe or kayak-camping on Lake Umbagaog
    • Hiking the 165-mile Cohos Trail
    • Ice climbing or mountaineering school with International Mountain Climbing School in North Conway
  • RHODE ISLAND
    • Sailing in Newport
  • VERMONT
    • Cliff-jumping @ Warren Falls (take note that this is extremely dangerous in high water)
    • Hiking the 272-mile Long Trail (from the MA border to the Canadian border)
    • Cross-country skiing on the 300-mile Catamount Trail
    • Mountain biking the Northeast Kingdom trails
whitewater rafting the Kennebec River, Maine hiking Camels Hump, Vermont ski sign in New England

FAVORITE AMUSEMENT PARKS IN NEW ENGLAND

New England has its fair share of great amusement parks. Many of these are filled with historic charm, while others have the latest and greatest in terms of wild water rides and/or thrilling roller-coasters:
  • CONNECTICUT
    • Atlantic Beach Park
    • Lake Compounce & Crocodile Cove
    • Quassy Amusement Park
  • MAINE
    • Funtown Splashtown USA
    • Palace Playland
    • York's Wild Kingdom
  • MASSACHUSETTS
    • Edaville USA
    • Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark
    • Six Flags New England
    • Water Wizz
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE
    • Canobie Lake Park
    • Clark's Training Post
    • Kahuna Laguna Indoor Waterpark
    • Santa's Village
    • Story Land
    • Water Country
    • Whale's Tale Waterpark
  • VERMONT
    • Jay Peak Pump House
The best waterpark in New England is Water Country in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The best rollercoasters in New England are found at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts.

The best amusement park in New England for toddlers and young kids is arguably Story Land in Jackson, New Hampshire.

BEST MUSEUMS IN NEW ENGLAND

It’s not all about the scenery in New England. There are some excellent museums here, too:
  • CONNECTICUT
    • Connecticut Science Center
    • Hill-Stead Museum
    • Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center / Pequot Museum
    • Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea
    • New Britain Museum of American Art
    • New England Air Museum
    • Submarine Force Museum, The
    • Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
    • Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
    • Yale University Art Gallery
  • MAINE
    • Cole Land Transportation Museum
    • Farnsworth Art Museum
    • Maine Maritime Museum
    • Maine State Museum
    • Owls Head Transportation Museum
    • Portland Museum of Art
    • Seal Cove Auto Museum, The
  • MASSACHUSETTS
    • Battleship Cove
    • Boston Children's Museum
    • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
    • Clark Art Institute, The
    • Hancock Shaker Village
    • Harvard Museum of Natural History
    • Heritage Museums & Gardens
    • Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum
    • Jenney Museum
    • John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum
    • Mass MoCa (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art)
    • Mayflower II
    • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    • Museum of Science
    • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
    • New Bedford Whaling Museum
    • Norman Rockwell Museum
    • Old Sturbridge Village
    • Peabody Essex Museum
    • Plimoth Plantation
    • Sandwich Glass Museum
    • U.S.S. Constitution Museum / U.S.S. Constitution
    • Whaling Museum
    • Worcester Art Museum
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE
    • Canterbury Shaker Village
    • Currier Museum of Art
    • Strawberry Banke Museum
    • USS Albacore Museum
    • Wright Museum of WWII History
  • RHODE ISLAND
    • International Tennis Hall of Fame
    • National Museum of American Illustration
    • Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
  • VERMONT
    • Billings Farm & Museum
    • Montshire Museum of Science
    • Shelburne Museum
U.S.S. Constitution Museum, Boston Shelburne Museum, Vermont Battleship Cove, Fall River, Massachusetts

SCENIC DRIVES IN NEW ENGLAND

There are many not-to-be-missed paved scenic drives in New England. Here are our favorite paved scenic drives in the region:
  • CONNECTICUT
    • CT 169 (from Woodstock, CT to Canterbury, CT)
    • US 7 (from New Milford, CT to Canaan, CT)
  • MAINE
    • Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park
    • Park Roads Loop, Acadia National Park
    • Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park
    • Camden Hills State Park (park roads to summit of Mt. Battie)
    • US 1 / US 1A (from Kittery, ME to Wells, ME)
  • MASSACHUSETTS
    • Mount Greylock State Park (park roads to summit of Mt. Greylock)
    • MA 2 / Mohawk Trail (from Greenfield, MA to Williamstown, MA)
    • US 6A / Old King's Highway (from Bourne, MA to Orleans, MA)
    • US 6 (from Orleans, MA to Provincetown, MA)
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE
    • NH 112 / Kancamagus Scenic Byway (from Lincoln, NH to Conway, NH)
    • NH 112 from (Lincoln, NH to Woodsville, NH)
    • NH 16 (from Chocorua, NH to Gorham, NH)
    • US 2 (from Lancaster, NH to Gorham, NH)
    • US 302 (from Twin Mountain, NH to North Conway, NH)
    • I-93 (from Thornton, NH to Franconia, NH)
    • Mount Washington Auto Road
    • Lake Winnipesaukee Loop (US 3 to Meredith, NH 25 to Moultenborough & NH 117 & 109 to Wolfeboro)
  • RHODE ISLAND
    • Ocean Drive (Newport, RI)
    • US 1 / US 1A (from Wickford, RI to Westerly, RI)
  • VERMONT
    • Mount Equinox Skyline Drive (Manchester, VT)
    • VT 100 (from the Massachusetts border to Newport, VT)
    • VT 108 / Smuggler's Notch (from Stowe, VT to Jeffersonville, VT)
The most scenic drive in New England is arguably the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, which travelers from Conway to Lincoln in New Hampshire. This 56-mile drive is almost completely free of commercial development and it features several excellent scenic vistas. There are many hiking trailheads along this road as well, including short walks to three great waterfalls: Lower Falls, Rocky Gorge and Sabbaday Falls. There is also a neat suspension bridge at the Lincoln Woods trailhead. This road is open all year, but it is perhaps most spectacular during the first two weeks of October, which is prime fall foliage season.

TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS: CONNECTICUT

Looking for some Connecticut travel ideas? We've compiled a list of great attractions that are within a few hours of some of Connecticut's major destinations:

WHILE YOU ARE VISITING: TRY TO ALSO VISIT:
HARTFORD • Mark Twain House & Museum
• Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
• Elizabeth Park
• Connecticut Science Center
• Airline State Park Trail
• Dinosaur State Park & Museum
• Foxwoods Casino
• Mohegan Sun Casino
• American Clock and Watch Museum
• Lake Compounce & Crocodile Cove
• town of Mystic
• New England Air Museum
• Submarine Force Museum, The
• Farmington River Tubing

In addition to the above list, visit our list of the top 25 attractions in Connecticut.

TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS: MAINE

Looking for some Maine travel ideas? We've compiled a list of great attractions that are within a few hours of some of Maine's major destinations:


WHILE YOU ARE VISITING: TRY TO ALSO VISIT:
PORTLAND • town of Freeport-shopping outlets galore
• L.L. Bean flagship store (Freeport)
• Old Orchard Beach
• Eastern Promenade Trail (bike or walk this paved route)
• Shawnee Peak-skiing
• Sebago Lake
• town of Kennebunkport
• town of Ogunquit / Ogunquit Beach
• Marginal Way / Perkins Cove
• Portland Head Light-lighthouse
• Popham Beach State Park
• Reid State Park-beach
SUNDAY RIVER SKI RESORT • Screw Auger Falls-scenic waterfall
• Step Falls-fun, family-friendly swimming holes
• Frenchmen's Falls-fun swimming hole
• Grafton Notch State Park-hiking, waterfalls, scenic views
• Sunday River Covered Bridge
• Hiking-The Baldplates
• Hiking-Goose Eye Mountain
• Hiking-Mount Will
• Hiking-Table Rock (take note that some trails are very steep)
• Hiking-Old Speck Mountain
• Oxford Casino
• World's Largest Telephone-roadside attraction in Bryant Pond
• World Traveler Sign-roadside attraction in Lynchville
• Zip-line Tours at Sunday River Ski Resort
• Dog-sledding with Mahoosuc Guide Service
• Golfing at Sunday River Golf Club
• Mountain biking at Sunday River Bike Park
BAXTER STATE PARK • whitewater rafting on the Penobscot River (Class V rapids)
• Gulf Hagas & Screw Auger Falls
• Nesowadnehunk Falls
• Hay Brook Falls
• Shin Falls
• Big & Little Niagara Falls
• Little Abol Falls
• Hiking-Appalachian Trail
• Hiking-Katahdin
• Hiking-Traveler Mountain
• Hiking-North Brother
• Hiking-The Owl
• Hiking-Doubletop
• Go canoeing on one of 100s of nearby lakes
• Go fishing on one of 100s of nearby streams or lakes
BAR HARBOR / ACADIA NATIONAL PARK • Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
• Quoddy Head State Park / Quoddy Head Light
• Cutler Coast / Bold Coast - remote oceanside hiking
• downtown Bar Harbor - shops, restaurants, bars
• Cadillac Mountain - drive or hike up for a sunrise or sunset
• Maine Lumberjack Show
• Cellardoor Winery (Lincolnville)
• Jordan Pond House - eat popovers on the lawn (get there early)
• Take a whale-watching tour
• Sea-kayaking one of several outfitters in the area
• Isle Au Haut (boat tours leave from Stonington)

In addition to the above list, visit our list of the top 25 attractions in Maine.

TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS: MASSACHUSETTS

Looking for some Massachusetts travel ideas? We've compiled a list of great attractions that are within a few hours of some of Massachusetts' major destinations:


WHILE YOU ARE VISITING: TRY TO ALSO VISIT:
CAPE COD • downtown Provincetown / Commercial Street
• Cape Cod National Seashore
• Cape Cod Rail Trail-paved bike path (25-miles from Dennis to Wellfleet)
• Battleship Cove, Fall River
• Plimoth Plantation
• Hiking-Great Island Trail
• Hiking-Atlantic White Cedar Trail
• Cape Cod Canal Trail-paved bike path (7 miles each way)
• Nickerson State Park
• Coast Guard Beach
• Marconi Beach
• Main St. in Chatham Village
• Nauset Beach
• Race Point Beach
• Province Lands Bicycle Trail
• Shining Sea Bike Path
• Wellfleet Drive-In Movie Theatre
• Whale Watch Dolphin fleet (Provincetown)
• Cape Cod Melody Tent-concert venue
• Herring Cove Beach
• Nobska Point Lighthouse
• Sandwich Glass Museum
• Chatham Lighthouse
• Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
• Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, Provincetown
BOSTON • Minute Man National Historic Park
• Cape Cod National Seashore
• Minuteman Bikeway (Bedford to Alewife station in Cambridge)
• Crane's Beach (Ipswich)
• Blue Hills Reservation - hiking with scenic views of Boston
• downtown Salem
• Cambridge Square
• Freedom Trail-historic walk past many of Boston's best attractions
• Fenway Park-home of the Boston Red Sox
• downtown Newburyport
• Boston Public Garden
• Museum of Fine Arts
• North End-Italian neighborhood; excellent food & desserts
• Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
• John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library
• New England Holocaust Memorial
• Old North Church
• Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
• Newbury Street
• Museum of Science
• Faneuil Hall Marketplace / Quincy Market
• USS Constitution Museum / USS Constitution
• Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
• Granary Burying Ground
• Boston Children's Museum
• Crane's Beach, Ipswich
• Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area - especially George's Island/Fort Warren
SPRINGFIELD / NORTHHAMPTON / AMHERST • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
• Norwottuck Rail Trail
• Chapel Falls
• Bub's BBQ (Sunderland)
• Six Flags New England
• Old Sturbridge Village
• Yankee Candle Village
• Brimfield Antique Show-3 weeks per year
• Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
• downtown Northampton
• Look Park
• Mount Tom State Reservation
• Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
• Forest Park-holiday lights
• Springfield Armory National Historic Site
• Big E, The-huge country fair held each fall
• Emily Dickinson Museum
THE BERKSHIRES / GREAT BARRINGTON / NORTH ADAMS • Mass Museum of Contemporary Arts (Mass MoCa)
• Bash Bish Falls-beautiful waterfall
• town of Great Barrington
• Barrington Brewery
• Mount Greylock State Reservation-drive or hike to summit
• Ashuwillticook Rail Trail-paved recreational path
• Tanglewood-outdoor concert venue
• Alpine Slides @ Jiminy Peak
• ATV-ing in Pittsfield State Forest
• Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls
• Hancock Shaker Village
• Hiking-Mt. Race & Race Brook Falls
• Hiking-Mt. Greylock
• Jacob's Pillow (theatre/dance performances)
• Lee Shopping Outlets
• Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
• Mountain Biking in Savoy State Forest
• Norman Rockwell Museum
• Deerfield River-whitewater rafting w/Zoar Outdoor
• Campbell Falls
• March Cataract Falls
• Tannery Falls
• Wahconah Falls
• Clark Art Institute
• Hiking-Monument Mountain
• Hiking-Pleasant Valley Sanctuary
• Naumkeag
• Balderdash Cellars-winery
• Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards
• Ramblewild

In addition to the above list, visit our list of the top 25 attractions in Massachusetts.

TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS: NEW HAMPSHIRE

Looking for some New Hampshire travel ideas? We've compiled a list of great attractions that are within a few hours of some of New Hampshire's major destinations:

WHILE YOU ARE VISITING: TRY TO ALSO VISIT:
NORTH CONWAY • Diana's Baths
• NH 112 / Kancamagus Scenic Byway
• Sabbaday Falls
• Lower Falls
• Attitash Mountain Alpine Slides & Roller-coaster
• Canoeing-Androscoggin River
• Canoeing-Saco River
• Conway Scenic Railroad-sign up for the Crawford Notch trip
• Cranmore Mountain-summer activities
• Cranmore Mountain-skiing/snowboarding
• Attitash Mountain Ski Area-skiing/snowboarding
• Bretton Woods-skiing/snowboarding
• Wildcat Mountain-skiing/snowboarding
• Black Mountain-skiing/snowboarding
• Hiking-Moat Mountains
• Hiking-Boulder Loop
• Hiking-Kearsarge North / fire-tower
• Hiking-Mt. Chocorua
• Madison Boulder-largest boulder in New England
• Mt. Washington Auto Road-drive to highpoint of New England
• Mt. Washington Cog Railroad
• Zip Lining @ Bretton Woods
• swimming @ Echo Lake State Park
• Kahuna Laguna-indoor waterpark
• Glen Ellis Falls
• Jackson Falls
LINCOLN/WOODSTOCK • Cannon Tramway Ride-gondola ride to scenic mountain views
• Clark's Trading Post/Clark's Trained Bears
• Pollys Pancake Parlor
• Woodstock Station-microbrewery
• Franconia Notch Bike Path
• Hiking-Greeley Ponds Trail
• Hiking-Franconia Falls
• Hiking-Lonesome Lake
• Hiking-Artist Bluff/Bald Mountain
• The Flume
• The Basin
• Hobo Railroad
• Lost River, The
• Echo Lake
• Georgiana Falls
• Whale's Tale-waterpark
• Ice Castles
• Alpine Adventures-4WDing, Obstacle Courses & Zip-lining
• Pemi Valley Moose Tours
• Loon Mountain-skiing/snowboarding
• Cannon Mountain-skiing/snowboarding
• Kancamagus Scenic Byway / NH 112
• Hiking-Cannon Mountain
• Hiking-Mt. Lincoln & Mt. Lafayette ('Franconia Ridge')
PORTSMOUTH • Hampton Beach / Hampton Beach State Park
• downtown Portsmouth
• Kittery Trading Post (Kittery, Maine)
• Ogunquit, Maine / Ogunquit Beach
• Marginal Way / Perkins Cove
• Hiking-Mount Agamenticus
• Strawberry Banke Museum
• USS Albacore Museum
• Water Country-waterpark
• Flag Hill Winery
• Rye Harbor State Park
• Granite State Whale Watch
• Portsmouth Harbor Cruises
• Kittery Trading Post
• Kittery Outlets
• Redhook Portsmouth Brewery

In addition to the above list, visit our list of the top 25 attractions in New Hampshire.

TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS: RHODE ISLAND

Looking for some Rhode Island travel ideas? We've compiled a list of great attractions that are within a few hours of some of Rhode Island's major destinations:

WHILE YOU ARE VISITING: TRY TO ALSO VISIT:
PROVIDENCE • East Bay Bike Path
• Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
• Roger Williams Park Zoo
• La Gondola
• Providence River Boat Company
• WaterFire-event
• town of Newport
• Arcadia Management Area
• Benefit Street Mile of History
• Mohegan Sun Casino
• Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
• Boyd's Wind Grist Mill
• Colt State Park
• Looff Carousel at Crescent Park
• McCoy Stadium
NEWPORT • Breakers, The (mansion tours)
• Elms, The (mansion tours)
• Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA
• Cliff Walk
• Ocean Drive
• Marble House (mansion tours)
• Rosecliff (mansion tours)
• Fort Adams State Park
• National Museum of American Illustration
• International Tennis Hall of Fame
• Thames Street/Americas Cup Ave (shopping, restaurants, bars)
• Flo's Fried Seafood
• Brenton Point State Park
• Castle Hill Lighthouse
• Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge
• Second Beach/Sachuest Beach (town of Middletown)
• Third Beach (town of Middletown)
• Newport Yachting Club (music venue / concerts)
• Horseneck State Beach

In addition to the above list, visit our list of the top 25 attractions in Rhode Island.

TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS: VERMONT

Looking for some Vermont travel ideas? We've compiled a list of great attractions that are within a few hours of some of Vermont major destinations:

WHILE YOU ARE VISITING: TRY TO ALSO VISIT:
BURLINGTON • town of Stowe
• Shelburne Museum
• Island Line Rail Trail / Burlington Bike Path
• downtown Burlington / Church Street Marketplace
• Waterfront Park
• ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
• Switchback Brewing
• Magic Hat Brewing Company
• World's Tallest Filing Cabinet
• Bolton Valley-skiing
• Whistling Man Schooner Company
• Ben & Jerry's factory tour (VT 100 north of Waterbury)
• Montreal, Canada (2 hour drive each way)
• Hiking-Camel's Hump
• Old Round Church, The
• Shelburne Farms
• Vermont Teddy Bear Company
STOWE • Bingham Falls
• Moss Glen Falls-Stowe
• Smuggler's Notch State Park
• Alpine Slide Ride @ Stowe Mountain Resort
• Apple Cider Mill (VT 100 north of Waterbury)
• Ben & Jerry's factory tour (VT 100 north of Waterbury)
• Canoeing the Lamoie or Winooski rivers
• Gondola Ride up Mt. Mansfield
• Hiking-Camel's Hump
• Hiking-Mt. Hunger
• Hiking-Mt. Mansfield
• Hiking-Stowe Pinnacle
• Hiking-Smugglers Cave
• Hiking-Sterling Pond
• Stowe Bike Path (rent a bike and ride this 5-mile path)
• Stowe Mountain Resort-skiing
• city of Burlington

In addition to the above list, visit our list of the top 25 attractions in Vermont.




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