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New England travel guide


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.


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.


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.