New England holidays

New England holidays

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In New England, the journey is the destination. America’s northeast region is overflowing with panoramic mountain views, scenic coastlines and charming towns. 

Discover rich history, cultural depth, quaint villages and natural beauty at every turn along the scenic roads. Stay in cosy inns or luxurious resorts. Sample local food at lobster shacks or dine in fine restaurants. Hike trails framed by colourful autumn leaves or count the lighthouses along the rocky shorelines; what are you waiting for? 

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Rhode Island is the smallest state in the USA, but offers plenty of stunning beaches. Massachusetts is the historic centre of New England, and home to Boston, the biggest city in the region. Wander along the dunes of Cape Cod, and you’ll see why it’s a draw for artists and writers. New Hampshire is picture-postcard perfect, with its forests, mountain views, beaches, and quaint little villages. Vermont’s bold autumn colours need no filters, they’re worth the trip alone. All the New England states could fit into Maine, the ‘Pine Tree State’, which boasts stunning white pine tree scenery.

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Map of New England

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Best time to visit New England: Spring and autumn for outdoor adventures, summer for the beaches and in the winter for the snowsports.

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Boston’s Logan International Airport, which is close to the city centre.

New England is best for...

Have your hiking boots and camera ready, New England’s terrain is beautiful and rugged in equal measure.

You’ll see the best of New England cruising through its rural villages, coastal routes and forests.

Modern American history starts in Boston, and its monuments and museums are must-sees for those interested in the USA’s fascinating past.

Fast facts for New England

Language: The language spoken in the USA is English.

Currency: The currency used in the USA is the American Dollar ($).

Local time: The New England area is five hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Boston’s Logan International Airport, which is close to the city centre.

Flight time from UK: Around eight hours.

Tourist information: Further New England tourist information can be found here

Visa / health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to New England.

Getting around New England

By car: The easiest way to get around New England is to drive. Although greater Boston has a good public transport system, it mainly serves commuters during weekday working hours.

By sea: To reach the smaller islands, you’ll need to go by ferry and you can leave the car behind.

Events in New England

Running fun: Cheer on the athletes in the prestigious Boston Marathon (mid-April), or soak up the welcoming atmosphere if you happen to be taking part.

St. Patrick’s Day: Few places celebrate this mid-March saint’s day like Boston does, around a quarter of the population are of Irish descent. Get ready to paint the town green!

Food and drink: Celebrate the finest food in Maine at its Machias Blueberry Festival and Lobster Festival (Aug), and at Harvest on the Harbour (Oct), which showcases the best of New England’s food, wine and beer.

New England weather

New England is on the same latitude as Rome, meaning summer days can be hot, especially on the coast. Pack additional layers for cooler night-time temperatures. Winters can be rather long the further inland you get, and the snowfall can be deep.

Temperature: Average temperatures in spring (April to early June) range from 4 to 15°C, summer (June to August) reach nearly 30°C. The cool autumn (September to November) is around 10°C and under, and winter (November to March) tends to be just below freezing.

Best time to visit New England: Spring and autumn for outdoor adventures; summer for the beaches; in winter for the snowsports.

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