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New England highlights guide

In 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth Rock, in present-day Massachusetts, laying the first foundations of the colony of New England. A century and a half later, the American Revolution sparked into life in this part of the continent, and today its historical legacies are found across the region.

Modern New England's charms extend beyond its past though, and each of its six states has a distinct identity.

Massachusetts is renowned for its capital, Boston, and is also home to the Berkshire Hills area, which hosts internationally acclaimed arts festivals, the endless beaches of Cape Cod, and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

Rhode Island is best known for the smart yachts and gilded mansions of Newport, and neighbouring Connecticut for Yale University, the pastoral Connecticut River Valley, and historic Mystic Seaport.

Vermont features white clapboard villages, red-barn dairy farms, and Lake Champlain, while New Hampshire's Southern Lakes region is bounded to the north by the White Mountains.

Maine has a rugged coast, old fishing villages, and vast lake-strewn forests where moose rule supreme.

Best time to visit New England

New England experiences very cold and usually snowy winters, which are particularly good for winter sports from January until the end of March. May can be a pleasant time to travel whilst June to September is the best time to visit.

Mid-September to mid-October is the time of the autumn colours, but the region is at its busiest at this time of year. Rain can occur at any time, especially in the mountains and along the coasts.

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Our New England highlights

Go moose viewing at Moosehead Lake

Lake-studded northern Maine has dense populations of moose and there's no better place to see them than at Moosehead Lake.

Go walking in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park in Maine is a ruggedly attractive shoreline dotted with lighthouses and clapboard houses.

Photograph spectacular Mount Washington

Mount Washington is the highest peak in northeastern USA, in New Hampshire's White Mountains, and a great location for photographers.

Explore the pretty villages of the Green Mountains

Green Mountains is home to the historical Vermont villages, set around charming greens.

Stroll around Boston Common

Stroll around the historic public park, Boston Common, lying at the heart of old Boston.

Experience the Cape Cod National Seashore

Enjoy miles of deserted beaches and sand dunes that line the narrow peninsula of Cape Cod National Seashore.

Discover Newport's Gilded Age mansions

The Breakers is one of Newport's Gilded Age mansions, which offer a glimpse into the lives of America's richest families.

Go whale-watching

Whale-watching in New England's waters offer unparalleled opportunities to spot whales.

Some of our favourite places in New England

Great places to stay in New England

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