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Summer in New England is in full swing: beaches, the outdoors, and culture in places like the Berkshire Hills until Labor Day—then it's fall foliage season.

Bass Point Light, Maine


New England's summer season: outdoor activities, especially beaches in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, hiking in Vermont and New Hampshire, windjammer cruises in Maine, are all popular.

Here are more highlights of travel in New England.

Don't forget culture: New England's dozens of fine art museums, performances of music, dance and theater, in all the New England states.

Then comes fall foliage season, New England's glory. A guided tour is a fine way to experience foliage, food and fun! More...

Whether you're traveling New England for business or pleasure, culture, dining, or outdoor activities, here's how to travel by car, bus, train, plane & ship to:

Boston, cosmopolitan "capital" of New England

Massachusetts: Cape Cod, the islands, the Berkshires and more

Connecticut, with warm-water beaches, culture and natural beauty combined

Newport RI with its sumptuous mansions

New York Citytransport hub for south New England

Vermont, outdoor sports capital of New England


Click on a state:

New England Map New York City Rhode Island Connecticut Massachusetts New Hampshire Maine Vermont Boston  

New Hampshire, with its White Mountains and Mt Washington

Downeast Maine, with its pristine towns, lobster dinners and windjammer yachts

There's lots more to New England, of course. Look at my New England Highlights, and browse the Site Index, from Acadia National Park to Plymouth Rock, from Walden Pond in Concord MA to Waterfire in Providence, from Circus Smirkus in Vermont to Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

New England Outdoors covers all the best things to do: beaches, biking, birdwatching, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, whalewatching and windjamming.

Tom Brosnahan


Hi! I'm Tom Brosnahan: travel writer, guidebook author and photographer. I wrote the first editions of Frommer's New England and Lonely Planet New England. More... covers all my favorite places and pleasures.

New England is what it is because of its people, from Massasoit to Paul Revere, from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau to John F Kennedy, from P T Barnum to Louisa May Alcott and Emily Dickinson. You'll find reminders of them everywhere.

—Tom Brosnahan

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All photos © Tom Brosnahan

Below, hikers at Lonesome Lake,
Franconia Notch, New Hampshire.

Lonesome Lake, Franconia Notch, New Hampshire



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