• Kayaking in Casco Bay, Maine
    Kayaking in Casco Bay, Maine

Great Outdoors

New England has more than its fair share of year-round, all-season, outdoor adventure opportunities — there seems be another thrilling experience around every corner. Here is an itinerary for adventurers that provides a small sample of what each state has to offer.

Day 1 — Maine

Sea kayaking in MaineFrom Boston, head to Maine where you’ll first enjoy a coastline adventure. In Portland, jump aboard a lobster boat cruise and learn about Maine’s iconic lobster while enjoying scenic views of lighthouses and historic civil war forts; or, take a guided sea kayaking tour for some more views. Continue up the coast and experience Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor. Catch the amazing sunrises or star-filled dark night skies atop of Cadillac Mountain or test your skills by rappelling down the park’s cliffs. As you leave Maine, stop for a whitewater rafting adventure in the Kennebec Valley Region.

Hiking in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire

Day 2 — New Hampshire

Now it is time to head to New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. This is the perfect spot for a choose-your-own-adventure day: hiking, biking, rock climbing or camping. Looking to view the national forest from a different perspective? Drive up the Mt. Washington Auto Road to see unbelievable views of the mountain vistas. Visiting in the winter? Reserve your seat in the Snowcoach, a 4-track, all-wheel-powered drive-train van that takes you into a “sub-arctic world” or board the snowcat and head to the summit. Head to an adventure park to zip line or try your skills on a ropes course.

Day 3 — Vermont

Biking in VermontAs you exit New Hampshire, take in all the sights of the Green Mountains. Only a short distance from the White Mountains, you’ll visibly notice the difference in the mountain ranges. Luscious and green, Vermont’s peaks are what gave the 14th state its name. The Long Trail, a 272-mile footpath with 185 miles of side trails, is one of the ultimate hiking adventures. Looking for more of a soft adventure? Go to Burlington for a Segway or cycling tour. Vermont’s Queen City is home to eight miles of paved trail and marble causeway that runs alongside Lake Champlain’s shoreline, with views of New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

Day 4 — Massachusetts

The Berkshires of western Massachusetts is next on your agenda. You’ll find this region ideal for an adrenaline rush whether it’s flying down a zip line, testing your skills on an aerial ropes course, whitewater rafting or tightening your seatbelt on North America’s longest mountain coaster. Like heights? Go up, up and away in a hot air balloon ride above the Connecticut River and the Berkshire Mountains.

Windjammer in Connecticut

Day 5 — Connecticut

Spend the day aboard a historic whaler cruise after driving to New London, Connecticut. This windjammer cruise is the best way to take in all the sights of the beautiful Fishers Island Sound. While aboard, test out your sailing skills and help the crew raise the sails or take your turn at the wheel. About ten minutes away is Mystic Seaport. This historic port is the nation’s leading maritime museum, complete with interactive activities, exhibitions, planetarium, and sailing programs.

Day 6 — Rhode Island

Cliff Walk, Rhode IslandAfter learning about the maritime history of New England it is time to enjoy some of our wildlife. Head to Rhode Island for some whale watching. There are several whale-watching cruises that head out into the Atlantic to search for these amazing animals in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The Cliff Walk in Newport is a can’t-miss attraction when visiting Rhode Island. Stroll, walk, or run along this winding path where you’re surrounded by amazing views. While in Newport, try your hand at parasailing for a bird’s-eye view of Narragansett Bay. Looking for an adventure to really get your heart racing? See Rhode Island from new heights as you skydive from 10,000 feet above.