The birthplace of America, New England is formed by the northeastern states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Famed for its pretty seaside towns and colonial-era landmarks, clapboard villages and glorious autumnal foliage, the region certainly doesn’t lack charm.
Stretching from the rocky, lighthouse-studded shores of Maine to the windswept beaches of Cape Cod, with Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket just a short ferry ride away, New England’s diverse coastline offers you everything from quaint fishing towns to prime whale watching opportunities. Not to mention an abundance of fresh, local seafood.
In Boston, the leafy capital of Massachusetts, history buffs can follow the iconic Freedom Trail to 16 major revolutionary sites, including the church steeple where Paul Revere hung lanterns to warn of the impending British invasion. You’ll find the prestigious Yale University in neighbouring Connecticut, including its acclaimed Peabody Museum of Natural History, whilst Rhode Island lays claim to the glamorous, Gilded Age mansions of sailing capital Newport.
Though a genuine year-round playground, New England is at its scenic best in September and October when the leaves turn colour the landscape transforms into a spectacular patchwork of deep crimson, orange and gold. More than 80 per cent of New Hampshire is covered in forest, making it one of the best places to see the seasons change.
You’ll find more ‘leaf peeping’ hotspots across the Connecticut River in rural Vermont, as well as some of the prettiest towns in America – including historic Woodstock and the postcard-perfect alpine village of Stowe. For an even deeper rural experience, continue south to the softly rolling Berkshires of western Massachusetts, an enchanting world dotted with wooden churches, red dairy barns and traditional country stores.
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