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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?
Best time to visit New England: Spring and autumn for outdoor adventures, summer for the beaches and in the winter for the snowsports.
Boston’s Logan International Airport, which is close to the city centre.
Discover a land of rugged charms and sophisticated style when you book your Thomas Cook holiday to New England.
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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.
From the most intimate Bed & Breakfasts to the grandest historic hotels, Massachusetts has plenty of places for you to cosy up. Plan your escape to a world-class wellness resort in the mountains of the Berkshires or enjoy the contemporary luxury of the Seaport District, your stay in Massachusetts will have no shortage of charm.
From family run Bed & Breakfasts and lakefront cottages to forested cabins and downtown inns, New Hampshire has plenty of incredible places to stay. Whether its ocean views, an outdoor oasis, or a five-star experience you’re after, you’ll find the perfect place to stay where you can unpack and unwind at the end of each day. Newport, the City by the Sea, is also home to more of Rhode Island’s breath-taking coastline, as well as colonial architecture, waterfront dining and opulent Gilded Age mansions.
There’s a fantastic choice of places to stay in Rhode Island. The capital city of Providence is a great place to stay to be right in the middle of it all, especially if you’re a lover of the arts. If you’d rather be by the beach, South County is Rhode Island’s southernmost region featuring a beautiful coast along the Atlantic Ocean.
As diverse as Maine’s regions are, they all have one thing in common: sheer beauty. Portland was ranked by Bon Appetit magazine as America’s ‘foodiest small town’, and any foodie will love their time here. If you’re looking for adventure, take a ski getaway in the Maine Highlands, or hike your heart out DownEast in Acadia National Park.
With so much unspoiled landscape at your feet, exploring the New England outdoors is a must. Mix it up with indoor pursuits, and see the museums and historical sites that open up a world of Native American, European and early American history. Start your day with a stack of classic American-style pancakes drizzled in locally-made maple syrup, plus a side of fresh blueberries. Follow the trail of vineyards in Connecticut, the southernmost New England state. Water everywhere means plenty of seafood, which New England is famous for, with dishes like clam chowder and boiled lobster.
Massachusetts is bursting with historic sites and natural beauty. American heritage and culture stretch across the Bay State, from the mountains of the Berkshires to landmark ports along the coast. In Boston, visitors can stroll through historic Beacon Hill and the North End neighborhoods, or cross the river to Cambridge to tour the prestigious university campuses of Harvard and MIT. The seashores of Massachusetts offer rich maritime history coupled with sandy beaches and the freshest seafood, while western Massachusetts boast tree-top adventures, foliage hikes, outdoor excursions, and a rural arts and culture scene to rival that of any major metropolis.
Whether you’re a first-timer or a regular visitor, endless adventures are waiting for you in New Hampshire. And the best part is, it’s all close by! New Hampshire has a backyard vibe you’ll be pressed to find anywhere else. Go hiking to the top of a scenic mountain in the morning, and surf the seacoast at sunset. Feel the rush as you swoop past the trees on a zipline canopy tour, ski or ride the fresh snow on the slopes, or roar through the woods on an ATV. Indulge on farm-to-table, chef-designed meals. Immerse yourself in the different small town and village cultures. New Hampshire is the place to be if you’re looking for thrilling and memorable experiences.
Rhode Island is a foodie haven, as it’s so close to the sea the ocean provides some amazing catches like oysters, scallops and squid. Its community is also a melting pot of cultures which means that there’s an array of internationally-inspired eateries. While you’re here, tour Federal Hill in Providence, recognised as one of the top ‘Little Italy’s’ in the country, and home to lots of Italian wine cellars. If you’re more of a culture vulture, Rhode Island is home to an impressive arts scene. The Rhode Island School of Design has made the state a magnet for artists and art lovers alike. Visitors can experience famous works of art by masters including Monet and Van Gogh as well as more contemporary artists like Jackson Pollack and Andy Warhol at the RISD Museum of Art in Providence. If you loved Downton Abbey, you won’t want to miss Newport where you can tour the world-famous Newport Mansions, visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame and sail aboard an America’s Cup yacht. You can also visit Saint Mary’s Church where JFK and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy were married, peddle down an old railway corridor along the ocean and enjoy a delicious seafood dinner during your stay in Newport.
One of the best things to do in Maine is take a tour along the coast, spotting the 60 historic lighthouses on your drive. Maine’s also famed for its lobster, so don’t miss a memorable meal featuring the fresh catch of the day while you’re here. With stunning rivers and beaches, and towering forests and mountains, it seems like there’s no limit to Maine’s natural wonder. Acadia National Park is a must-see for fall foliage and its Atlantic Ocean vistas, though Maine’s 32 state parks are just as glorious. If you’re feeling adventurous, climb Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak, at Baxter State Park!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.