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New England Road Trip

Updated on February 6, 2015

Take a New England Road Trip and Experience Beautiful Mountains, Fall Foliage, Stunning Beaches, and Historic Communities

Six states, 71,991 square miles, and over 14 million people make up the northeast region of the United States known as New England. All of the states are relatively close together, making them the perfect road trip destination. Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont were part of the original 13 colonies (Maine separated from Mass later), and are renowned for their beautiful fall foliage, stunning seascapes, towering mountains, and unique regional cuisine. Read on to find out where the best places to visit on your New England road trip are located, and what to expect when you get there.

The Major Cities of New England

Cities to visit on your road trip


New England is centralized by the city of Boston, which serves as the hub for the six states, but has several other major cities and destinations. In Connecticut, the capitol of Hartford is in the epicenter of the state, while interesting architecture and the famous Yale University can be found further south in New Haven. Further along I-95, you'll find Providence, which has excellent Italian restaurants, fascinating animals at the Roger Williams Zoo, and a Dunkin' Donuts on every corner. To the south, Newport, Rhode Island is home to some of the most beautiful mansions in the world. Many of these mansions belonged to well known wealthy families like the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, and the Astors. To the east, the former whaling capitol of the world, New Bedford, has deep historical roots and preserved cobblestone roads.

Farther north are the I-90 cities of Worcester and Springfield, with Vermont's mountain city of Rutland to the north. Burlington, Vermont is the largest city in the state and offers gorgeous views of Lake Champlain. New Hampshire's cities are relatively small, but does have Manchester and Portsmouth to the south. Maine's Portland is an old style city with charming shops, churches, and incredible views of the seaport.

Lighthouses of New England - Visit the historical lighthouse treasures on the coastline

Lighthouses, both active and inactive, dot the shoreline of New England from the New York-Connecticut border all the way to the Maine-Canada border. Each state, including the brief shoreline of New Hampshire, has exceptional views of lighthouses on the coast, and sometimes along the craggy shoals. These old structures provide a glimpse of a time gone by, when the coastline wasn't as developed as it currently is, sophisticated navigational aids did not exist, and when shipping via boat was the only option. Some of the more famous lighthouses in New England are Highland or Cape Cod Light in Truro, MA, Minot Light in Scituate, MA, Boston Light in the harbor of the capitol city, Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine, and the often photographed West Quoddy Head Lighthouse near the Canadian border.

The Different Seasons of New England

Four distinct seasons shape New England's personality

The seasons are what drive New England and set it apart from much of the rest of the country. Unlike anywhere else in the country, the northeast experiences four distinct seasons, with rough, snowy winters, mild, rainy springs, scorching hot and humid summers, and dry, colorful autumns. The constant change is what makes the area so unique, and each season has its own set of activities and events to embrace the ushering in of the time of year. Fall festivals, summer fireworks, spring cleanups, and winter skiing will give you an idea of what makes New England home to over 7 million people.

Islands of New England

Islands large and small off the NE coast

Thousands of islands are located just offshore of every state, Vermont included, in New England. Some you've probably heard of, like Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and Block Island, but the area has many equally impressive destinations to choose from like Monomy Island, Plum Island, and Isle au Haut. Here's a list of some of the premiere island destinations:

Thimble Islands

Cruise along the Thimble Islands of Connecticut aboard Captain Bob's tours and private charters!

Block Island

Rhode Island's most famous island, filled with giant bluffs and sandy beaches.


One of the most pristine and protected areas of Massachusetts, Nantucket is a giant tourist destination for MA residents and far away tourists.

Martha's Vineyard

Find charming villages, lighthouses, sand and surf at Martha's Vineyard, located south of Wood's Hole, MA.

Monomoy Island

Monomoy Island is located south of Chatham, MA, and has no human inhabitants. It is however, home to migrating birds and gray seals.

Plum Island

On the north shore of Massachusetts near the New Hampshire border is Plum Island. Lighthouses, restaurants, and the wide expanses of salt marshes are subject to occasional visits by migrating Snowy Owls and the Piping Plover.

Boston Harbor Islands

It's a National Park designated area consisting of many small islands containing lighthouses, old historic forts, and beautiful views of the city.

Mount Desert Island

Mount Desert Island contains the amazing sites of Acadia National Park.

Isle au Haut

Right outside of Isle au Haut is Acadia National Park, both of which are on scenic Penobscot Bay.

Monhegan Island

Halfway up the coast of Maine is Monhegan Island, ten miles from the coast, and only accessible via boat.

Food of New England

A best of list of regional cuisine from the six states

So what's the food like in New England? It's one of the most eclectic places for influence, yet the original food of the area still holds its integrity. Favorite foods also vary by state, even though they are all very close. Connecticut and Rhode Island have favorites like johnnycakes, Del's Lemonade, clam bakes, and coffee milk (that's coffee syrup stirred into milk). In Massachusetts, there's a strong seafood influence, with famous Ipswich clams, local Cod from the Cape, and truly "American" food that you would picture at Thanksgiving feasts like cranberries and turkey. North in Vermont and New Hampshire, food becomes more dependent on cheese, dairy, and maple syrup with local cheese shops, maple syrup farms, and fresh locally grown produce. To the east, Maine has the best lobster in the country, along with the best blueberries and maybe even potatoes.

If you're in the area for a short time, you may want to try lobster, clam chowder, maple syrup based bakery items, and a traditional New England breakfast. It's what they do best.

New England Town and Country Cookbook - Beyond lobster and clam chowder: some of New England's most interesting recipes

I've traveled all over the country, I live in New England, and I can honestly say (somewhat biased) that we have some of the best food in the country. Why? Maybe it's because it's the food that's been around for such a long time that it's been perfected, or that it's traditional, yet still interesting all of the time. I firmly believe that if you haven't have pizza in the northeast, you've never had pizza. The same goes for lobster and Italian food. Just like southern California probably does Mexican food the best, New England does seafood and Italian. This book goes way beyond those recipes, though, into some of the most interesting and tasty recipes ever found in New England.

The New England Cookbook: 350 Recipes from Town and Country, Land and Sea, Hearth and Home
The New England Cookbook: 350 Recipes from Town and Country, Land and Sea, Hearth and Home
This book includes more than 350 recipes, including traditional favorites such as Boston Clam Chowder, but unusual treats like Berkshire Puffed Apple Skillet-Baked Pancake, Hester's Sour Lemon Pudding Cake, Best Maine Blueberry Pie, Portuguese Chourico, Peppers, and Onion Grinder, and Vermont Pizza.

What to See in Connecticut

Seaside towns, wine trails, museums and activities in the Constitution State

Connecticut is an eclectic state offering entirely different activities and sites in each portion of the state. The coastline offers beautiful beaches, cities, and lighthouses, while just inland lies the Connecticut wine country trail. Further north, the town of Waterbury is nestled into the hills, surrounded by quaint New England villages. Hartford is the state's commercial and historical center, right on the Connecticut River, with renowned art museums and famous Nook Farm, former homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Here are some other must-see attractions on your road trip route:

Southford Falls State Park

Beautiful cascading falls in the forest scenery of Southford Falls State Park.

Ocean Beach Park in New London

Often named the best beach in Connecticut, this is right off of I-95, an easy drive from Mystic. Beautiful white sandy beaches and activities make this a must-visit.

Mystic, Connecticut

Mystic is perfectly preserved, complete with bayside lighthouse, standing tall ships, and the museums to browse.

Wadsworth Atheneum

The country's first public art museum, with artworks dating back thousands of years. Specializing in American artwork, but not limited to it, this museum is located in downtown Hartford.

Connecticut Wine Trail

Over a dozen wineries can be visited along Connecticut's wine trail, a great experience for any wine lover or novice.

Here's a good list of 50 more fun things to do in Connecticut.

Mystic, Connecticut: A Fast Drive Through Town - Watch this video to get a quick tour of the town of Mystic

Unlike anything else in New England, except for parts of Plymouth, MA, Mystic preserves the original maritime history of this small port on the southeastern coast of Connecticut. This video will give you a good idea of what to expect in this interesting town along the Rhode Island border:

What to See in Rhode Island

Sightseeing destinations and things to do in the Ocean State


Newport Blues Art Print, Newport Bridge in a still fog.


Newport might just be the nicest place in New England along the coast. The striking rocky cliffs are decorated with mansions, old and new, along Bellevue Drive and Ocean Drive (a trip you'll never forget).

Roger Williams Zoo

Roger Williams Zoo in Providence has an eclectic range of animal species, all kept within a relatively small distance. This makes the zoo easy to visit in just a half day or less (come early on the weekends especially however).

Sakonnet Vineyards

Sakonnet Point, opposite Newport, is located in Little Compton Rhode Island. A leisurely drive down this peninsula will lead to this remote winery offering wines grown right on the coast, an unexpected treat in this part of New England.

Rhode Island Beaches

Rhode Island isn't renowned for their beaches, but that's because they're a well-kept secret. Secret's out now, they're some of the best in New England.

Jamestown Rhode Island (Conanicut Island)

The small island of Conanicut is west of Newport, linked by the famous Newport Bridge. It's small, but rural and untouched, with grazing sheep, a small village center, lighthouses, windmills, parks, and views of the city across the Narragansett Bay.

Federal Hill

Federal Hill boasts some of the best Italian restaurants in the northeast, gallery shopping and nightlife in downtown Providence.

Brenton Point State Park

Brenton Point State Park defines Rhode Island and Newport. It's the tip of Narragansett Bay, always a bit cooler than the mainland, and just minutes from downtown Newport. Stop and watch the boats drift by, bring a kite to fly on the windy rocks, or search around for marine life in the tidal pools that the crashing waves leave behind daily.


Block Island

To the west of Martha's Vineyard, east of Long Island, lies Block Island. High cliffs and inaccessibility preserve its uniqueness and Rhode Island charm. The island can be reached by ferry, but should be booked far in advance during the summer.

Blackstone River Bikeway

The Blackstone River Valley is experiencing a big resurgence and a massive undertaking in the form of the newly constructed Blackstone River Bikeway. This beautiful area winds through hills, rivers, small towns, and connects the 2nd and 3rd largest cities of New England, Worcester and Providence. 10 miles of the path are complete, and construction is ongoing.

Here's an excellent list of more things to do in Rhode Island.

The Newport Mansions of Rhode Island - A video of the famous historical buildings of the Victorian era

Rhode Island has preserved all of the mansions in Newport Rhode Island that have been donated to the Historical Society, as you can see in this video. What's interesting is that many of the mansions are still in use by wealthy families in Newport to this day.

What to See in Massachusetts - Beach destinations, historic buildings, and offshore islands in MA

Masachusetts will take you across the winding backroads of the Berkshires, down to the rolling dunes of Cape Cod, and up to the rocky shores of Rockport all within a few hours drive of each other. The state has great charm and historical significance. The roots of America are planted deeply into towns like Lexington, Concord, and Plymouth, while the capitol of Boston serves as the financial hub of all of New England and the state of Massachusetts.


Travel to the economic, social, and cultural center of New England to experience the museums, islands, villages, and libraries this world renowned city has to offer.

Quabbin Reservoir

This area is set aside as a giant drinking water supply for Massachusetts, serving over 2 million people, but also has incredible hiking around the reservoir.

Cape Cod

Cape Cod is the key attraction of Massachusetts, with millions heading to the island-like peninsula every year. Starting with Bourne and ending in Provincetown, every town has its own charm. This page will give you some of the best places to visit on the Cape.

The South Shore of Massachusetts

The South Shore, that is, towns south of Boston and north of Cape Cod, offer beautiful beaches in Nantasket, Duxbury, and Plymouth. Follow Route 3A to stay along the coastal towns, and visit favorites like Marshfield, Scituate, Hingham, and Cohasset.


This seaside village on the coast of Cape Anne is an artist's colony and fisherman's town, with beautiful aged buildings, restaurants and lighthouses on the rocky shore.

The Berkshires

Mountainside towns like Lenox, Lee, and Williamstown make the Berkshires an interesting road trip destination in Massachusetts, with historic museums, rolling hills, and colorful mountains.

My personal favorite spot in Massachusetts: The unspoiled beaches of Cape Cod are some of the best in the country. Towns like Chatham, Harwich, and the shoreside villages of Nauset give the greatest example of "cape life."

Cape Cod and the Islands - Rolling sand dunes and pristine beaches on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket

As of the minute you cross into Massachusetts on your road trip, start calling Cape Cod just "the Cape." Otherwise, you'll stick out like a sore thumb. This video points out some of the finer points of the Cape and Islands. You'll first be greeted by the Cape Cod Canal and the Railroad Bridge just before entering the town of Bourne. The trip to the end of the Cape takes roughly 90 minutes - 2 hours in no traffic.

What to See in New Hampshire

Mountain lakes, deep forests, and scenic backroad highways make a great road trip in New Hampshire

Live free or die. That's New Hampshire's state motto, and if you don't believe it, you will once you see that the liquor is tax free once you cross the border into the state. Besides being tax free, the state has amazing mountain views at Franconia Notch State Park, an impressive small coastline in Portsmouth, and crystal clear lakes distributed throughout.



Home to the famous bike week of New Hampshire, Laconia's atmosphere feeds off the beautiful Lake Winnipeasaukee nearby.

North Conway

Sitting at the base of Mount Washington Valley, North Conway is known for its unique shops, splendid views, and year-round appeal for skiing, dining, and shopping.

Franconia Notch State Park

Perhaps the most beautiful area of New Hampshire is Franconia Notch State Park. This area was once the home of the Man on the Mountain (an oddly shaped rocky face which resembled an old man's face), which has since crumbled. However, the mountain views are still some of the best in the country and not to be missed.


Portsmouth has a small but beautiful shoreline with historic boats, shoals, and the often photographed Cape Neddick Lighthouse.

Mount Sunapee Region

This region of New Hampshire is known for its easily accessible ski resort and crystal clear Lake Sunapee.

Best Loved Driving Tours of New England - Road trip gems across the six states of N.E.

The roads of New England were planned out long ago, and have a meandering, old world feel and influence that is hard to explain. However, this guide manages to do so very well. From the famous Kangamagus Highway to the King's Highway scenic road of Cape Cod, this book will point out the best places to see across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Mass, and Connecticut. A map won't cut it when trying to find the best sites, so this handy reference guide is very recommended for any trip to the northeast.

Frommer's New England's Best-Loved Driving Tours
Frommer's New England's Best-Loved Driving Tours
* 23 distinctive, easy-to-use itineraries--all fully illustrated with beautiful full-color photos * Tips on the best hotels and restaurants along each route * Exact directions, distances, and driving times for each route * All the sights along the way--with highlights for history buffs, nature lovers, and families traveling with kids * Scenic side trips, special moments, and recommended walks * Detailed, accurate full-color route-planning maps

What to See in Maine

Maine's spectacular seashore, including Acadia National Park and Portland


Penobscot Bay


Portland is one of the best cities in America, according to many surveys, to live and to visit. With unique restaurants, an easygoing attitude, and incredible marine scenery, the city is located on the cold waters of Casco Bay.

Acadia National Park

Acadia, located on Mount Desert Island, is the most visited natural scenic destination within the state. The rugged coastline offers unmatched views of the crashing Atlantic waves, while the original carriage roads of the park have been preserved to hike and bike.

The Maine Coast

The Maine coast has some of the most photographed towns in the USA, like Bath, Rockland, and Bar Harbor, which will be understandable once you visit these shore communities.


Further inland is the small city of Bangor, which is one of the hubs of northern Maine, and lies on the Penobscot River.


Kittery is the first town over the New Hampshire border, and known for its hundreds of shopping outlets and stores.

Quoddy Head State Park

Quoddy Head is located on the Canada-U.S. border, and is best known for its red and white striped lighthouse, West Quoddy Headlight. The park also has miles of forest and hiking trails to enjoy and explore.

Acadia National Park - The seaside beauty of Maine's Acadia National Park in this video

Acadia National Park is one of the few National Parks in New England, and one of the greatest in the country. Drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, where the first rays of sunlight hit the United States every morning, or drive the rustic backroads that hug the jagged shoreline.

What's Your Favorite New England State? - Vote on your favorite state!

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What to See in Vermont

The Green Mountains, rolling farms, and small towns in Vermont


Vermont is the northwestern most state in New England, directly adjacent to New York and New Hampshire. The state is known for the Green Mountains, a region on the western stretch of the state that contains unmatched farmland scenery. To the north lies Lake Champlain, one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the United States, and the largest city, Burlington. To the south, Route 12 is one of the best sightseeing paths to take in the entire state, winding up and down mountains, weeving into small towns, farms, and alongside creeks and waterfalls. Each section of the state is very distinct, but they all share the same rustic appeal that makes the state so interesting.

The Green Mountains

Part of the Appalachian mountain range expanse, the Green Mountains are how the state got its name. Translated from French, Verts Monts is "green mountains."


It's not the home of the famous 60's festival, it's a small community on Route 4 n the middle of the state, often named the most beautiful in the country.


Stowe is one of the premiere ski getaways in the state, nestled between Mount Mansfield and the Green Mountains. It has some excellent spas, some of the best reviewed restaurants in New England, and gorgeous views.

Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain is located on the Vermont-New York border, home to an underwater ancient reef, and actually runs partially into Canadian territory. The massive lake stretches over nearly half the western border of the state. The city of Burlington is located right on the shore of the lake.


The beautiful town of Montpelier is the state capitol, but also a quaint town enveloped by mountains, rivers, and forests. Characteristic of the state, the Capitol Building is set in a rural setting, surrounded by blooming flowers and a booming tourist scene in the summer.

Route 100

If you only have time to visit one area of Vermont, visit the scenic Route 100. This road trip favorite winds from north to south (or vice versa) through much of the state, including the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury, Stowe Recreation Path, and countless villages, stores, and churches. The road is particularly well traveled in the autumn months when foliage is at its peak.

Foliage, Skiing, Nature and Wildlife in Killington, Vermont - Experience all Mount Killington has to offer in this video

Killington is located east of Rutland, Vermont, west of Woodstock, VT. It's the largest mountain in Vermont, and the biggest ski destination in the state. The mountain experiences brilliant fall foliage and has lifts that head up the mountain all year long. Find the resort on US 4, an incredible drive through Vermont's green mountains and Queechee Gorge.

The words that might confuse you

in New England are anything ending in "R," as you probably already know. Whatever you do, don't try to impersonate the accent around a New Englanda, and don't say that you're a Yankees fan (seriously, don't).

A Guide to New England, DK Eyewitness Travel Book - A recommended travel guide for your trip

If you've read any of my other road trip guides, you'll know that I'm a big fan of DK Eyewitness Travel Guides. Why? They're small, easy to read, and easy to take with you on your trip. They don't bend or tear easily, and they don't take up a lot of room. The also aren't full of big blocks of text, and are nicely illustrated so you'll get some important visuals of New England (or any other place you might be visiting, if you're interested in their other guides). I haven't been wronged by these books yet.

New England (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
New England (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
New England: a land for all seasons and for all senses; from New England's snowy winters and temperate summers to its pine scented forests, its sweet lobster to its delicate oysters, this guide will cover it all. Fully updated and expanded, this guide provides comprehensive guidance on the wealth of outdoor activities, including the best fishing, hiking, rafting and skiing in the United States to the white-steepled churches, craggy coastlines and immaculate village greens, with all the essential information, whatever your budget.

Colorful fall foliage, found on Mount Killington in late September

Colorful fall foliage,  found on Mount Killington in late September
Colorful fall foliage, found on Mount Killington in late September

Where to Stay in New England

Places to stay and how to find them


Rental Cottages Along a Cape Cod Beach (Provincetown)

New England is best seen by car, and on your road travels, you'll come across the big chain hotels as well as some small bed and breakfasts and inns. Use your own judgement, along with to tell you where the best places might be. Most people prefer to experience New England for what it is, and you can't really get that feeling by staying at some of the bigger chain hotels. There are some exceptions where the big chains have acquired historical buildings, but for the most part, the best places are those small B&B's, inns, and cottages.

About the Author:

Besides this web page, you can find more of my work available on, a site where I blog about my favorite places to travel with in the confines of the United States. Hope to see you there soon!

Photo credit:

The beautiful Vermont fall foliage photo in the introduction photo is by Paraflyer under Creative Commons 2.0.

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Have You Ever Visited New England? Have a Favorite Spot to Share? - Feel free to leave any comments here!

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      7 years ago

      Been a New Englander for just two months now and loving every minute. Living in Boston and have been to New Hampshire and Maine a couple times...looking forward to seeing the rest of New England!

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      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Lady Lorelei: Much of it, especially New Hampshire, Western Mass, Vermont, and Maine, are much the same they were decades/centuries ago. NE is one of my favorite road trip destinations, but I'm biased, I live here.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      New England certainly does sound like an amazing road trip to experience. It is wonderful how some areas maintain their culture and history throughout the years.

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      shasha venn 

      7 years ago

      Great lens.. Looks like England is another great place for Road trip.. I specifically love leh from India and Spain.

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      EliasZanetti LM 

      7 years ago

      I've never done a Road Trip before,, I've always taken trains, ships and planes.. Driving would give you freedom to go to places thoigh that might not be accessible by public transportation..

      Thanks for this great lens, hope to visit New England in 2013 :)

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      7 years ago

      What a nice trip thru your lens

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Back for some Fall in New England nostalgia ... and to leave a blessing for this wonderful lens.

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      7 years ago

      I grew up in Mass, but I voted for Vermont as my favourite. My hometown borders Vermont (on the west side of the Ct. River) so I spent a lot of time there!

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      7 years ago

      This lens is outstanding. Definitely bookmarking and pinning! Blessed by a Squid Angel...

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      7 years ago

      One of my favorite vacations ever was visiting New England in the Fall. Just driving anywhere was a beautiful adventure. Each one of the New England states has their own place of specific beauty. This lens rekindles great memories; I would love to go back sometime. Blessed :)

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      sentanta lm 

      7 years ago

      i love the cape and Martha's Vineyard

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      violann lm 

      7 years ago

      Several years ago one of my sisters and I took a road trip to New England, we only had a week to explore. We had a great time and took a lot of pictures. Reading this makes me want to go back and visit the sites we didn't see on our trip.

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      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      @LesleyOC: Good luck with the move!

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      8 years ago

      I lived in Springfield for a spell.

      Could not believe how big some of those turn of the century homes were!

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      8 years ago

      Moving to New Hampshire today - can't wait to get there and to enjoy a road trip using all this great information. Thanks!

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      Melissa Miotke 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      I can see why this lens won a purple star!

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      Echo Phoenix 

      8 years ago

      Squidtastic! I have wanted to do this for a long time... I am planning one for next summer:)

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We used to choose different routes going back to Ottawa, Canada coming back from the States and each of these states you featured here are worth visiting.

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      8 years ago

      I chose your lens for the Mother's Day quest. :)

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      8 years ago

      I feel like this lens is bigger than new england itself...!

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      8 years ago

      I lived in Wells, Maine until I was 12, and currently live in Peterborough, NH (and have lived in this area for 13 years. New England is such a rich, beautiful region, full of natural beauty and history, and I have always been homesick living anywhere else.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      8 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Oh, I'd love a road trip through New England. Lovely!

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      8 years ago

      If only I could travel to New England... Anyway, thank you vey much for the photos and everything :)

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      8 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Great lens! I took my vacation last year to Primrose Inn in Bar Harbor, then 5 days in Lincoln, NH and the White Mountains in late September. Was there during the perfect transition from summer to autumn: flowers in bloom on the ground, leaves changing above.

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      8 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! Tons of great information.

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      8 years ago

      What a wonderful lens - I can't wait to go next fall. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      I've lived in New Hampshire for 16 years and there's STILL lots of things there and throughout New England I have not explored. Maybe once I get back from living in Brazil for a year (which I'm beginning to write about here on Squidoo) I'll do some writing about some of my favorite places in New Hampshire!

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      8 years ago

      I would love to go on a road trip in New England. Thanks for sharing the photos and information! ~ Blessed!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Love these ideas...hope to visit some in 2012. blessed by a squidangel

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the detailed guide. I want to take an extended trip around New England from Connecticut to Maine some day. I've been to Boston and seen a lot of the historic buildings but that's about it. The pictures you put up with the foliage and lighthouses are absolutely stunning.

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      robertsugar lm 

      8 years ago

      Hmm, I may organize an excursion with the family next year, once we are over again.

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      8 years ago

      Great informational lens! Especially enjoyed the video about Acadia National Park!

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      8 years ago

      nice to visit this lens, spent a little more time then I thought I would, 'thumbs up' from this reader to yo.

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      8 years ago

      Great site! I love Maine!

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful places to see on a road trip in the Fall. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Mamaboo LM 

      8 years ago

      Nice...Makes me want to take a bike trip there!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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      8 years ago

      North Conway NH is a beautiful destination in the White Mountains of NH. For a true mtn. village experience Jackson NH can bring you back to the time of the grand old hotels.

      Essex MA and Cape Ann are also a few hidden gems of MA tourism.

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      8 years ago

      @wheresthekarma: The White Mountains of NH are about 2 hrs. north of Boston. North Conway NH is a great destination to see the most beautiful fall foliage change. Rt. 95 to Rt. 16 to Rt. 112 to Rt. 93 back to Boston.

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      8 years ago

      I can't tell you the name of the Best Beach North of Cape Cod but I can tell you that #2 is Crane's Beach in Ipswich MA. Full services available, patrolled, lifeguards in season, very family friendly with gentle surf for fun in the waves. Great tides.

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      8 years ago

      Boston is a favorite city of mine, very cool place indeed.

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      8 years ago

      I have been out East four times in the last six months, and am going to Boston again in October. Can't wait. Such a beautiful place. You did a great job on this lense. Makes me wish I was there again right now. Thumbs up!

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      Louie-Thomas LM 

      9 years ago

      Wow, what a totally beautiful part of Amercia.

      I come from Australasia, but if i ever do GET to the States i will certainly add New England to my list of places to visit. Thank you for a great lens!

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      9 years ago

      Amazing Place!

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 

      9 years ago from FL

      Thanks for the trip through New England!

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      ChrisDay LM 

      9 years ago

      What a gorgeous lens - wonderful pictures, too. By coincidence, I have just started a conversation with an owner about a sick dog on Cape Cod. That has always been a name to exercise my imagination.

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      9 years ago

      One of my friends has recently shifted to England. This lens will be agreat help for her in exploring England

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      9 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      We are looking to take a trip to the east coast this fall to photograph lighthouses. This lens gave me some good insights to use in my planning. Thanks Blessed and added to my United states Travel Angel lens.

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      9 years ago

      It's been years since I've been in New England and I would love to go back. Another great travel lens. ** Blessed **

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      9 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Returning to tell you that this delightful NE road trip has now been 'featured on' and 'lensrolled to' "SquidAngel Blessings by an Elf".

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      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: Error corrected, sorry about that!

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      9 years ago

      Umm... So I don't know if anyone else has noticed or mentioned this yet, but Bangor is NOT Maine's state capitol. Augusta is.

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      9 years ago

      Just wanted to say I live in Maine, and the capital is Augusta, about 1.5 hours south of Bangor. So if you for some reason want to visit the Capitol building, don't go to Bangor because it isn't there.

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      Michey LM 

      9 years ago

      Hi! I am leaving in East Coast (New Jersey) so I visited a part of those sites and I can truly appreciate the information value of your lens. The lens is also beautifully done.

      So I sprinkle Angel dust blessing your lens.

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      9 years ago

      I lived most of my life in Massachusetts up until 2000, when I moved to Oregon. New England is beautiful and I sometimes miss it (though not during its Winters!). This is another excellent travel lens. I've lensrolled it to my DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Series lens.

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      Liz Mackay 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Love those fall colours. Great lens. blessed by a squid angel and featured on Me?!! A Squid Angel.

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      corbyco lm 

      9 years ago

      Great lens. We moved to Connecticut just over a year ago. It is probably the most English-like part of America so a good place to relocate to.

      You may be interested in our adventure at

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      9 years ago

      Oops. New Jersey is obviously not in New England. So that's three out of six. I should be slepping at 2:00 a.m. instead of leaving comments on Squidoo. ;)

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I lived in Connecticut for two years when I was small. My sister went to college in Massachusetts and I visited here there several times. Also, I was in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for a weekend when I was going to law school in Washington, DC. Last but not least, I was in Newport, RI visiting the mansions. That's four out of six! New England is a great place to visit (and live).

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      Awesome! We have always wanted to take a few weeks and tour the New England states. I think we could easily take a couple of weeks in each state :)

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      9 years ago

      I just found your lens. I like it a lot. Thanks for building it. Gave you a thumbs up.

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      9 years ago

      I think you have a good range of info, pics and products. More about Nantucket please.

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      9 years ago

      I love travel... thanks for this info..

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      Virginia Allain 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      I summer in New Hampshire, but love wandering around in Maine and Vermont too. The seafood alone is reason enough to come to this scenic area. Driving the curvy back roads and into lovely villages that date back to colonial days is a beautiful way to travel.

      I could go on and on, but you've covered it pretty well in this lens.

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      9 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Ah -- been meaning to read this road trip for a long time -- so glad I stopped by, as it brought back some lovely memories! 40 years ago we joined my parents in upstate NY, rented a pop-up camper, and 6 of us (including our son, age 6 and daughter age 3) took a 6 day camping 'road trip' through the New England States. We saw so many of the places you mention here - Mount Washington (including riding the cog railway) and Franconia Notch in New Hampshire, the mountains in Vermont, visited Stowe (in fact, today, I have a cousin who is a pastry chef at a ski resort in Stowe), on up to Maine with a fresh lobster meal on the Maine coast, back down to Massachusetts with a day touring Boston, including a fantastic, never-to-be-forgotten, meal at Durgin Park, and many other places. We didn't make it to Rhode Island, but loved the 6 days we had in NE. To this day, my daughter teases me that we wouldn't buy her a lobster dinner in Maine and made her eat a hot dog! I keep reminding her she was only 3-years-old and one doesn't spend the price of a lobster meal on a 3-yr-old! LOL. This is a delightful reminder of my trip. ~~SquidAngel Blessed~~

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      9 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Fantastic and informative lens. I want to be able to visit Duxbury at some point as it was formed by one of my ancestors Captain Myles Standish and bears our name. Blessed by a passing Squid Angel :-)

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      Bella Stella 

      9 years ago

      Very informative lens! Now I know where I'll be going on my next holidays. Pay a visit to my lens about tourist sights in Athens, so if you ever find yourself in Athens you'll know where to go. ;) Keep up the good work!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great job on covering so many of the wonderful places and aspects of New England. I live in New York State and I've visited lots of places the places you mention. My daughter is in college in Maine so that gives us a good reason to drive through several of the states quite often!

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      10 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! So much information and gorgeous photos. Anyone who ever wants to travel to New England should check you out!!!

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      10 years ago

      hey ! your lens is really detailed and and interesting at the same time! wonderful choice of pictures! keep up the good work!

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      10 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. Great choice of videos. Lovely!

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      10 years ago

      Back with my wings to bless this beautiful lens and feature it on Sprinkled with Stardust


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      10 years ago

      Beautiful lens and love all your photos. There is so much to see and do. I haven't been further east than New York yet, but want to visit New England in the fall sometime.

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      10 years ago

      Wow, what a great tourist lens. Lensirolled to and featured on Save Planet Earth.

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for the insight into this beautiful area!

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      Virginia Allain 

      10 years ago from Central Florida

      You've done a great job capturing the flavor of New England. Everyone needs to see it sometime!

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      10 years ago

      I have never visited New England but I would love to one day. Your lenses are always of such a consistently high standard. Blessings to you

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      Lee Hansen 

      10 years ago from Vermont

      I lived in New England for the first 50 years of my life and have visited nearly all the places you highlighted here. Great tourism lens - shows off the best of the region and each state's uniqueness. Autumn is the most beautiful season, but all the seasons in New England have their special appeal. Don't forget to mention the NH and VT apples!

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      10 years ago

      Wow, nice lens! I live in Northeastern PA and love I love traveling the east coast and you did a great job representing New England. Thanks for sharing!

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      10 years ago

      Really liked your lens it has great information for anyone visiting the east coast. Great job!

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      10 years ago from Western Mass

      great time of year to travel through new england

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      Michey LM 

      10 years ago

      I am living close to Route 95 (New Jersey) and the trips on New England in this time of year are ny favorites.

      Very nice and informative lens

      Thanks, and an Angel Blessing!


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      10 years ago

      I love these pictures.

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      10 years ago

      Very very nice! I'm a New England adoptee! Moved to Amherst, Mass 18 months ago and love it love it! This lens will be a great resource when I begin to venture out of Western Ma. 5*/fav/fan/roll to my golden tour near you about an art exhibit here this fall. Also black sheep deli lens about a popular eatery for UMass and Amherst College students as well as us geezers.

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      10 years ago

      Great lens on New England. I haven't been there yet, but after reading all this, I'm ready. I know they do have beautiful falls from the pictures & I especially loved the lighthouses. I'm gonna have to go and plan for next year! Thanks for sharing

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      perfumelover lm 

      10 years ago

      This is gorgeous! I lived in MA for 4 years. In general, the coasts and fall foliage always amaze me. Simply stunning!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      10 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      *sigh* This lens makes me miss my home state of Rhode Island and New England in general. I've lived in all New England states except Vermont, which I just love. I love living in Arizona too, but a big part of my heart will always be in the northeast. I've got to get back there for a nice, long visit soon. Thanks for a wonderful lens. Lots of places I know well.

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      10 years ago

      Well deserving of blessings. Congrats.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      11 years ago

      I live in New Hampshire and this lens covers about everything it seems...I will roll it to my foliage lens for sure. Just wondering if that ravine photo is Quechee Gorge? I don't travel much so couldn't give you a favorite place. Excellent lens.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      11 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love New favorite places are the lighthouses in Maine, Boston, and fall foliage everywhere! Thanks for a beautiful lens. 5*

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      Ruth Coffee 

      11 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Perfect timing on this one! Hubby and I were just discussing a trip to New England in October.

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      11 years ago

      Nice lens! Really great suggestions of places to visit, and beautiful photos, too! I haven't spend much time in New England, but I'll have to make it a point to visit some of these places!

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      11 years ago

      I'd like to visit the lighthouses!

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      11 years ago

      Stimulating, inspiring, relaxing, enjoyable lens. I have never been to New England. But you took me there today. Thanks! This lens is worth way more than 5 stars. Met you on Lensroll. Hope you will visit my new lens about emotional healing. Gary Eby, author and therapist.


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