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New England has it all: history, delicious food, and breathtaking landscapes. The six states that make up New England have something to offer everyone—whether you’re a city lover or an outdoor enthusiast. Below are some of the top reasons why you should make New England your next vacation destination.
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is located in Maine, and it’s the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River. The park features mountains, forests, and coastlines. Echo Lake Beach is a must-visit for bird watchers who want to catch a glimpse of peregrine falcons. Another section of the park that’s worth visiting is the Thunder Hole. The Thunder Hole is a rock formation along the Atlantic coast that makes a clapping sound when water rushes into it. At times it also sprays water as high as 40 feet into the air.
Mount Washington Cog Railway
The Mount Washington Cog Railway was the first cog railway in the world with the ability to climb up a mountain. It’s still in operation today and offers unparalleled views of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. The train climbs up the mountain at 3 miles an hour, and it takes about an hour to reach the top.
Visiting Mystic Seaport is like stepping back in time to the 19th century. The living history museum features a number of ships that were built during the late 19th century. When you visit you will also find a recreation of a 19th-century coastal village and the Preservation Shipyard where workers use traditional shipbuilding methods to make ships. Visit Mystic Seaport’s website to learn more.
Along the 34.5-miles of the Kancamagus Highway you won’t get good cell phone reception or see any hotels, but you will see some of the best fall foliage in New England. If you plan to drive down the Kancamagus Highway, then make sure you fill up your tank before the trip. The luxuries of modern life are left behind when you start your journey.
Fenway Park is the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball and home to the Boston Red Sox. The park opened in 1912 and has a number of interesting features like the lone red seat. The lone red seat can be found in the right field bleachers. It marks the spot where the longest home run in Fenway history was hit.
New England has so much to offer visitors. No matter which state you visit you’ll find beauty and excitement. To learn more about New England visitDiscover New England.