Lazy mornings spent wandering small, sleepy towns in Massachusetts, exploring New Hampshire’s leafy trails, and discovering Maritime culture and beautiful white sand beaches along the coast of Rhode Island and Maine. This is what New England holidays are all about. With endless picture perfect scenes to discover, New England is a region of unmistakable charm.
Venture through Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut, each offering entirely new experiences but never losing that undeniable New England charm. Visit Massachusetts’ sugar houses in spring and try your hand at tapping maple trees, or head high into Vermont’s mountains and ski the snowy white slopes. Sample the local catch in Maine’s lobster shacks and discover white sand beaches and picturesque lighthouse along the coast of Rhode Island. In New Hampshire, venture across the peaks of the impressive Presidential Range and, in Connecticut, step back in time and experience authentic New England in the state’s small towns.
New England’s Historic Cities
Between the region’s rolling fields, tree-covered mountains and white sand beaches, its cities are wait for you. With no shortage of cobblestone streets and historic red brick buildings to wander, New England’s cities are just as charming as its small towns and leafy landscapes. Head to the gateway city of Boston for a glimpse of colonial America. Dine at a dockside restaurant in Portland while the sunlight glints off the moored boats, and soak up Burlington’s creative energy and enjoy its irresistible food to table cuisine.
With six incredible states, there’s a lot of beauty for you to witness and a lot of history to discover here. Join our Best of New England tour and follow the Freedom Trail in Boston, go whale watching in Maine, enjoy maple syrup tasting and laze on glorious sandy beaches. Or why not bask in the beauty of the region on a Colours of New England tour?
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for New England holidays. With so many options for you New England holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.
New England Self Drive Holidays
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Explore New England
There is so much to do in New England that the first decision you will need to make is, when you want to go? As a year round destination you'll have to explore every season. From the most spectacular autumn colours of the fall foliage to the winter snow and the blossoming spring to exploring the sandy beaches.
Skiing in New England is amazing. Not just because of the powdery snow, but also because of the easy access; most ski resorts are only two to four hours from Boston. There are more than 60 alpine skiing and snowboarding areas and resorts to choose from on your holiday in New England, with many more cross-country skiing areas if you don’t like the downhill variety. Some of the best skiing is in Vermont, New England’s winter playground. Twenty of New England’s resorts are located here, including the larger resorts of Sugarbush, Stratton, and Stowe.
Cities and Towns
Hit the Freedom Trail in Boston and wander the red-brick paved walkways to see some of the USA’s most historic sites. We love hip and historic Boston and we think you will too. Then make your way toward the windswept clay cliffs and verdant greenery of postcard-perfect Martha’s Vineyard. Taste the salt on the mist on Massachusetts’ Cape Cod or travel to Arlington, Vermont to step into a real-life Norman Rockwell painting (in fact this is where the famous painter was from) or explore the traditional New England village of Mystic River.
Whether you prefer breathtaking coastal views, magical Acadian forests, rolling pastures or majestic snow tipped mountains, New England is a haven for those who love the great outdoors. Explore historic towns or romantic lodges in quaint communities dotted with picture-perfect clapboard houses. Watch leaves turn to golden browns and reds in autumn or discover lighthouses dotted on unspoilt shorelines.
You wouldn't be wrong imaging the entire coast of New England is dotted with lighthouses. In fact, the coastline is filled with 150 of them that will keep your holiday in New England filled with interesting discoveries. Each of these lighthouses has a different story to tell.
You can't go to New England without sampling the delicious seafood or clam chowder. As the seasons change so does the cuisine, try pumpkin pie and apple cider in autumn, or a clambake on the beach during the summer. Explore the many of the wineries and microbreweries you'll find across New England.
If you’re up to the challenge, traverse the imposing Appalachian Trail for a true sense of New England’s solitary, beautiful wilderness. It can feel as though you’re the only people left on Earth. It’s such a rush.
The best way to experience what New England has to offer is to visit more than one of the six states. Why not hire a car and take a road trip through all six?
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your New England holiday, offering a glimpse into the region’s authentic culture and traditions.
On various nights between May and November, WaterFire transforms the city of Providence. Bonfires are lit atop the the three rivers that pass through the city, casting a warm glow over the surrounding streets and visiting crowds. Breathe in the comforting smell of the fire and find yourself mesmerised by the silhouettes of those who tend to the fires and the performers who float by.
The Maine Lobster Festival
Maine is renowned for its lobster so it’s no surprise they hold a festival dedicated to the delicious seafood. Each summer, Rockland plays host to the festival, where guests can sample traditionally cooked lobster. There’s also a whole range of other incredible food stands on offer, not to mention live music, a seafood cooking contest and various arts and crafts.
New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival
Held in the city of Laconia, New Hampshire’s Pumpkin Festival is a delight if you are visiting New England in October. Every year, the city attempts to break the world record for the number of lit pumpkin lanterns, meaning Laconia is blanketed in carved pumpkins. As well as food, live music and other family attractions, there’s also an impressive 34 foot tower of pumpkins for you to marvel at.
Each year, Boston holds one of New England’s biggest 4th of July celebration: Boston Harbourfest. Throughout the first week of July, you can enjoy a range of events that are hosted across the city. The festival starts with an opening ceremony, kicking off the week of events, including live music and the stunning Parade of Lights. To mark the end, you can appreciate an incredible fireworks display.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your New England holiday. Here are a few of our favourite foodie hotspots and dishes.
New England is well known for its fresh seafood. There’s nothing quite as delectable as tucking into a clambake on one of New England’s stunning beaches during the summer, or enjoying a comforting clam chowder as autumn sets in.
Fresh Autumnal Produce
New England comes alive in the autumn, and so too does its food. New Englanders wholeheartedly embrace their autumnal produce, cooking up classic New England treats such as apple cider and pumpkin pie.
Microbrews and Local Wines
As you venture across New England, you’ll find a bounty of microbreweries and local wineries. Wander the beautiful vineyards, sipping on unique wines, or visit microbreweries to sample their distinct tipples.
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