Made up of six unique and distinct states, New England is a region rich in history, culture, art and architecture, outdoor adventure, bustling cities, and quaint coastal towns. Its diverse offerings, all found in close proximity to one another, is what sets it apart. You can catch a ballgame at historic Fenway Park and, just over an hour later, sink your toes into the Atlantic while savoring a lobster roll on Cape Cod. From towering mountains to windswept beaches to acres of undisturbed nature, here are the best places to visit in New England!
Manchester, Vermont. Nestled in the captivating Green Mountains of southern Vermont, Manchester made its mark long ago as a prosperous iron-mining town, and hints of its past are still evident in the architectural details found throughout the downtown. Today it is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, offering ample space to walk, hike, bicycle, kayak and, of course, go fly fishing. In fact, here you’ll find the American Museum of Fly Fishing, with tons of rods, reels, flies, and art that tell the story of how this peaceful Vermont pastime worked its way into America’s heart.
Burlington, Vermont. While most associate the Green Mountain State with its exquisite natural beauty, the city of Burlington charms one and all with its pedestrian-friendly downtown peppered full of mom-and-pop shops, eateries, and happenings. Church Street Marketplace, an open-air walkable mall, encompasses four blocks of things to see, do, and taste. Cafés line the streets, and colorful umbrellas shade tables in the summertime. The Unitarian Church at the end of Church Street boasts a beautiful white steeple that reaches far into the sky, making for one of the city’s most popular spots for photos.
Stowe, Vermont. Dubbed the ski capital of the east, Stowe is best known for the resort that bears its name. Stowe Mountain Resort, surrounded by Spruce Peak and Mount Mansfield, the tallest peak in Vermont, has slopes catering to every skill level. You can climb to Mount Mansfield’s summit via the scenic Auto Toll Road. We assure you that it’s worth the journey. Stowe is the largest town in Vermont by land area, and its success was built on the agriculture and lumber industries that thrived there in the late 17th and early 19th centuries. Today, the town’s 200-year-old commercial center is a historic district with tons of quaint shops, welcoming restaurants, and lodging that ranges from quintessential New England bed and breakfasts to hotels and grand European-style lodges.
The Berkshires, Massachusetts. This rural expanse of western Massachusetts is known for being a natural wonder, a celebrity enclave, and a cradle of art and culture. Though Meryl Streep, Yo-Yo Ma, and James Taylor are just some of the glitterati who enjoy homes in the Berkshires, its most notable resident might have been famed American illustrator Norman Rockwell. He lived in the sleepy but charming town of Stockbridge, where today you can find the world’s largest collection of his original works at the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Nantucket, Massachusetts. One simply cannot highlight the best places to visit in New England without including Nantucket. Situated 30 miles out to sea, the Gray Lady’s charms are irresistible, with century-old cobblestone streets, unforgettable vistas, and cedar-shingle homes that have not changed much since the era in which the island was considered the whaling capital of the world.