New England is comprised of America’s six northeastern states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This area is full of history, charm, and beautiful scenery. You won’t run out of exciting activities to try — the only problem may be choosing your favorite city. Here are some of the best weekend getaways in New England.
- Boston, Massachusetts
As a top contender for U.S. cities with an international vibe, Boston is one place you should definitely visit at least once in your life. Head to Boston Common and Public Garden, the first botanical garden in the United States. Take a leisurely stroll through the garden, or ride a swan boat. In our opinion, summer is the best time to visit so you can witness all the blooming flowers.
- Cambridge, Massachusetts
With the city of Cambridge being right across the river from Boston, you can easily explore both cities in one trip. Join a boat sightseeing tour with Charles Riverboat Company to take in the amazing scenery of Boston Harbor and the Charles River Basin. The 70-minute boat tour is both fun and educational. Learn about the history of Cambridge, and see cultural sights like Harvard and Boston University. For more local activities, check out our blog post for the top 10 tourist attractions in Boston & Cambridge.
- Bangor, Maine
For anyone who enjoys catching a thrill from the spookies, you may find delight in one of the largest garden cemeteries in the country: the Mount Hope Cemetery. This slightly eerie, yet inspiring site is listed in the National Park Service’s official National Register of Historic Places. Their website even offers information for an Interactive Self Guided Walking Tour.
- Coventry, Rhode Island
Visit Tiogue Lake for an adventure on the water. You can rent a kayak or canoe to take out on the lake! During the summer months, rentals are available on a first come first serve basis from Patriots Park Boat House between 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on weekdays, and 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM on weekends. Take note that there are no public restrooms at the lake.
- New Haven, Connecticut
Visit the Knights of Columbus Museum, and learn about the heritage of this Catholic fraternal organization. The museum houses a collection of well-preserved artifacts and documents related to the religion and lay organization. December is the best time to visit to see the museum’s amazing Christmas displays.
- Salem, New Hampshire
Home to America’s Stonehenge, the city of Salem has many outdoor sites to explore. Go for a drive, and admire the scenic views along the way. Motor along the photogenic Sunapee Loop, and keep your camera handy for all of the photo ops. The Great North Woods is also a popular route for those who want to see black bears or moose.
- Portland, Maine
Enjoy a relaxing ferry ride departing from the Portland coast to the Casco Bay Islands. Among those islands is Peaks Island, where you can bike around to discover sandy beaches, restaurants and a community of artists. You can’t visit Maine without chowing down on some lobster, so be sure to hit up Island Lobster Company on your trip to Peaks Island.
- Marlborough, Massachusetts
Come to Marlborough and enjoy exploring the Memorial Forest Reservation, where you can spot an abundance of wildlife. The conservation area is also known as “The Desert” because of its sandy soil. You can see beavers, birds, and wild mammals in the area. Plus, you can also visit the World War II Memorial Beach for a day by the ocean!
- Stamford, Connecticut
Stamford is filled with outdoor activities! Hike in Cove Island Park, or spend your afternoon flying kites, biking, or fishing on the sandy beach. But if you want to just sit back and relax, you can also kick back and admire the picturesque view of Long Island Sound.
- Danbury, Connecticut
Visit the Bear Mountain Reservation for an exciting hiking experience. The place is dog-friendly, so you can bring your pets along with you, but always consider the New England weather when taking your dogs anywhere. The weather tends to be humid during summer, so be sure to bring clean drinking water for your pets.