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New England Tours- The Best of the Region

 

Comprised of six states on the east coast of the USA, New England, named by Captain John Smith in 1614, is one of the most attractive regions in the country. On New England tours you can experience everything from the culture and class of colonial Boston to the beaches and historic villages of Cape Cod.

Here is my guide to the three most popular New England states and their holiday highlights.

Massachusetts

Boston, the state’s capital, is a historic city with endless stories to tell, and was the centre of the colonists rebellion against British rule that led to the Boston Tea Party.

For relaxed summer fun, Cape Cod is a charming destination with an old-world feel. Sandcastles, picnics, sailboats and golden sands characterise a Cape Cod scene in summer time, and there are excellent biking and hiking trails around the coast of the peninsula.

To the south of the cape, the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket have their own unique vibes, and are the perfect summer escapes. Learn about the whaling history of the islands, see the grand estates build in the eighteenth century and enjoy the flora and fauna of the nature reserves.

Rhode Island

The smallest state in the USA is a classy, coast-rich region where sailing and summer houses are all the rage.

Newport is famous for having been the summer holiday destination for the rich and famous, and is still a place to see and be seen. The yachting capital of New England, Newport, is glamorous without being stuffy, and the quality of bars and fresh seafood restaurants reflect this. Take a tour around the area to see the impressive mansions built during the nineteenth century and take the Cliff Walk for stunning views out over the ocean.

Providence, the state capital, is ideal for strolling and idling with attractive parkland and sites of cultural interest. Spend the day in the lush Roger Williams Park where you can go boating on the lake, explore the forest and gaze at the stars in the planetarium.

Vermont

The most wild and outdoorsy of the New England States, Vermont includes beautiful terrain for hiking, canoeing and mountain climbing. It is well known for having more trees than people, and quaint historic towns as opposed to modern cities are the norm.

Extensive trails trough Vermont’s gentle wilderness are perfect for camping and hiking, with well loved routes including the Appalachian Trail. Whatever outdoor pursuit you’re in to, Vermont will be the place in New England to find enthusiasts and terrain.

The best time to visit Vermont is in the autumn, when the state’s population of trees put on a spectacular display as the leaves turn all kinds of copper, gold and bronze. The state’s ‘fall foliage’ is what attracts many to take a tour of region, with the wild forests and rivers framing story-book towns in a breathtaking array of colours.

July 17 2012 03:27 pm | England Travel Guide

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