There are so many historical and beautiful places to see in New England that it’s hard to choose which towns and cities to visit. There is no doubt that the summer and fall are prime seasons in New England. For those seeking the colorful fall foliage, October is considered the best month to visit. If you are planning a trip to the Northeast, here is a list of seven must see places…
- Mystic, Connecticut: Mystic is filled with historic locations and you will definitely want to stop at the historic Mystic Seaport. There you can set foot on some of the oldest ships in America’s history. For fun with the kids you can stop at the Mystic Aquarium or have lunch at Mystic Pizza (made famous by the movie Mystic Pizza with Julia Roberts). For more adult oriented fun, you can take a short drive to Ledyard, Connecticut where you can visit some of the world’s largest casinos.
- Block Island, Rhode Island: Just a two hour ferry ride from Point Judith, Rhode Island is an 11 square mile island known as Block Island. This island has spectacular beaches and an enormous trail system that winds through the Block Island Nature Conservatory. In the Old Harbor you will find unique shops, restaurants and historic buildings. Block Island is also a great place to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a classic New England vacation spot.
- Newport, Rhode Island: Generations upon generations of the ultra-wealthy have invested untold amounts of money into building Newport’s renowned mansions. The most famous of these mansions is the The Breakers which was constructed by the Biltmore family in the late 1800’s. You can tour these mansions for a nominal fee and take a direct step into a bygone era. Afterwards, there are tons of shops, stores and fine dining in and around Newport – you will have plenty to enjoy.
- Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Cape Cod is the arm shaped peninsula that juts out from the eastern most part of Massachusetts. The pristine beaches and sandy dunes make up a large portion of this vacation getaway. The average temperature in the month of July is a perfect 79 degrees. You can spend your days in the Cape whale watching, visiting some of the various historic lighthouses or walking some of the miles of seaside trails.
- Waterbury, Vermont: Satisfy your sweet tooth by taking a guided tour of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory in Waterbury, Vermont. This tour ends in grand style with a tasting room filled with all of the various Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors. While in the area, be sure to stop in to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill and see cider being made the old fashioned way or watch bees make sweet local honey. You will love the small town feel of Waterbury.
- Mt. Washington, New Hampshire: Mt. Washington is proudly known as the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather.” Extreme cold, high winds and icy conditions are the norm atop this mountain. If you are visiting during the warmer summer months, it can be an exciting trek up to the top. Make sure to stop into the Mt. Washington Observatory and experience first hand exactly what life on top of the mountain entails.
- Kennebunkport, Maine: Kennebunkport was made famous by George and Barbara Bush when they would spend their vacations away from the White House in this quaint little town. With an abundance of Bed & Breakfasts and a picturesque rocky coastline, Kennebunkport is a photographer’s dream. You can capture some amazing lighthouse and seaside images all along this southern coast of Maine. Kennebunkport is just a short drive to the city of Portland, where there is unlimited shopping and dining.