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When to Visit New England? There are good reasons to explore New England in its distinct seasons.
Springtime brings the fewest crowds. As the season changes, we see flowers and bright green leaves. You won't be able to lay on the beach, but you can usually still take a bike ride or hike. We may still get snow in spring; some places will open after Memorial Day.
There is nowhere in the world with better autumn colors than New England, especially in the northern states. It is the main reason people know about New England and visit. The farther north you travel, the more vibrant the colors are generally. It is tricky to know when the leaves will change, so you may have to change your itinerary to chase the leaves when you come, as they are only in peak for about a week, and the time varies by year.
If you love the outdoors, summer will allow you to take advantage of New England's beaches, lakes, and waterfalls. Of course, with such perfection can come crowds. If you want to visit our islands, this is an ideal time to visit.
Winter in New England feels like living in a snow globe. Our winters are mild enough that although snow is in our mountains, it is warm enough to enjoy skiing or any winter sport. And, of course, enjoy a hot chocolate by the fire in our cute mountain bed and breakfasts or the many airbnbs north of Boston!
The Best Places to Visit
IN NEW ENGLAND
If you only have a short time to visit—perhaps you're only staying the weekend in New England—you may want to cut to the chase. You may focus on those popular New England experiences you have heard so much about.
There is nowhere in the world with better autumn colors than New England, especially in the northern states.
DISCOVER HISTORY in
History is an undeniable part of New England tourism, and nowhere may it be more prosperous than in the city of Boston itself. See where some of the earliest events of the Revolution began and follow the Freedom Trail to see Boston’s important historical sites.
Admire autumn leaves in
Around early to mid-October every year, New England's autumn foliage is at its peak: it's brightest and most colorful. Nowhere boasts more impressive fall colors than Vermont, you'll see yellows and golds, and open farmland is fringed with oranges and reds.
Enjoy craft beer in
Stowe is known for its winter sports scene, but visiting all year round is still recommended because it has stunning foliage in fall and craft beer for all seasons.
GO HIKING ON THE MIGHTY PEAKS OF
New Hampshire is home to Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern USA. This majestic spot is part of the White Mountains range. Across NH, you can trek some 4,000+ miles of trails; no matter your hiking ability, there is a trail for you! So you can just put on your hiking boots and get going.
Explore lighthouses on the coast of
Lighthouses are a New England icon. Along the coastline, you’ll find many of these beacons lighting the way. Maine’s a true abundance of them, where the coastal and seaport towns delight and impress.
Tour fancy mansions in
Another coastal gem is Rhode Island. You’ll want to stop by Newport, home of several distinctive mansions in this tiny state.
Stroll Mystic and the Mystic Seaport area in
Museum lovers will enjoy CT.
The open-air museum introduces you to the lives of the past, with tours, exhibits, and even impressive sailing ships to climb on board
EAT LIKE A LOCAL
Dine on lobster and clam chowder; in autumn, be sure to sample all the apple harvest has to offer. Test and indulge in all the local delicacies in whichever state you are in. New England is famous for its seafood: its creamy clam chowder soup, its flavourful oysters, and its buttery lobster. But you’ll also discover other culinary delights, including cheese, apples, and maple syrup.