About New England – USA
Say ‘New England USA’ and up pops an image – a white clapboard farmhouse alongside a red barn, flaming red leaves in the fall or wind whipping through the canvas sails of a schooner. Of all the regions of the USA, New England is perhaps the most distinctive in its imagery, culture, change of seasons and rich history.
Travel to the New England region for a weekend city break or a lazy summer vacation on the beach; ski and board in the USA’s original winter paradise; stroll through America’s best art galleries and museums; and eat at leading-edge restaurants or seaside lobster shacks.
Browse, explore, and plan – New England welcomes you!
Read about some of the best things to see and do in each unique New England state: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont.
At-a-glance information on New England’s weather, seasons, political leanings, famous figures who’ve made their mark here and more.
Watch a brief video to get a quick glimpse at the natural beauty, city delights and sheer fun you’ll find in New England.
Hip and historic, Boston is the perfect spot to use as the starting point for your New England vacation. Plan to spend 2-3 days and then head out our your New England journey. Most major attractions are only 1-4 hours away from the center of Boston. This series of pages describes the best things to see and do in Boston, how to get around and favorite neighborhoods.
Don’t have a car or want to hold off on the rental? There are many easy and excellent day trips from Boston – including forays into New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Or for a special journey, hop on a seasonal ferry to Salem on Boston’s North Shore or to Provincetown on the very tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Boston isn’t New England’s only fun city. Discover five others that are beloved by visitors – from the college mecca of Burlington, Vermont, on the shores of Lake Champlain, to the small arts-filled seaport of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Lobster? Wild Blueberries? Maple Syrup? You’ll find it in New England along with the region’s signature clam chowder, artisan cheeses, and farm-fresh produce. You’ll find award-winning restaurants and chefs throughout the region. One thing is for sure: you won’t go home hungry!
Keep up with New England weather with this helpful page of average temperatures, current weather and weather links throughout the region.
When it comes to higher education and university cache, no other region of the USA matches the draw of New England with its collection of historic and renowned universities, colleges and even secondary schools. Many have excellent museums or are simply worth a campus stroll.
Cruising is a popular form of travel right now and an excellent way to see the stunning New England coastline in summer and fall. Find out which major and mid-sized cruise ships provide tours of the New England coast and learn about small boat cruising options. Then read all about the travel highlights of New England’s major cruise destinations.
Learn about the hotels, inns, tourism centers and attractions that work with Discover New England to promote the region.