My Favorite Places in New England
Where to go and What to do.
Each of the New England states has its own unique things to do and places to see. Here are a few of my favorite places to visit. The Interstate highway system is a great way to travel between these destinations, but, every visit to New England should include some time for getting off the Interstate and just doing some sightseeing on a leisurely scenic drive on the backroads of rural New England.
Boston, Concord and Lexington - If you are interested in seeing the places you've read about in your American History books you should start here. This is the area that gave birth to America. From Boston's Old North Church and Paul Revere's Ride to Lexington and the "shots heard round the world" and on to Concord Bridge.
Cape Cod and The Islands - If it's sandy beaches you're looking for try Cape Cod's National Seashore. While you're there be sure to take a ferry ride for a day trip or romantic weekend to the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.
Newport - this Rhode Island port city was famous as the playground of the super wealthy in the early 1900s. Many of their "summer cottage" mansions are still standing and some are open for guided tours. Newport is also famous for yacht racing and has hosted several America's Cups. It is also home to the Tennis Hall of Fame.
Litchfield County - the gently rolling hills of western Connecticut are home to quaint New England villages, covered bridges and many artisan and antique shops. The Housatonic River has some of the best fly fishing around.
The Berkshires - this western Massachusetts area bills itself as "America's Premier Cultural Resort". Tanglewood is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. You'll also find the Norman Rockwell Museum, Edith Wharton's "The Mount", Chesterwood, the home of Lincoln Monument sculptor Daniel Chester French, and Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick while living at Arrowhead in Pittsfield.
Vermont's historic Rt. 7A - head north on this scenic and historic Green Mountains route from the Revolutionary War battlefields of Bennington to Manchester Village. Take a tour of Hildene, the former home of Abraham Lincoln's son Robert Todd Lincoln. You can continue up Rt. 7 all the way to Burlington, on the shores of Lake Champlain or head east from Manchester Center to the quintessential New England village of Woodstock. Be sure to buy some Vermont maple syrup and some cheddar cheese.
Franconia Notch, the Lakes Region and Mt. Washington - some of the best fall foliage viewing can be seen in this area. The Kancamagus Highway is not to be missed. The Lakes region was the scene of the film "On Golden Pond" and Mt. Washington experienced the highest winds ever recorded in North America. You can take a scenic drive to the top or try the Cog Railway.
Bar Harbor and Downeast Maine - starting in Freeport, home of L.L. Bean, the drive through the seacoast towns of Camden and Rockland leads you to Mt. Desert Island (pronounced dessert) and Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. The scenery here is some of the most spectacular in all of New England. Take a whale watching expedition and be sure to have a lobster dinner some where along the route.