Top Ten Reasons To Visit New England


by Mel Allen, Travel Editor Yankee Publishing

Forgive me my bias, because New England is my home, but I believe that this compact six-state region is the single best travel destination in the country. Everything a vacationer would want lies close at hand. At Yankee Magazine, we know the scoop on the best places to stay, to eat, to see foliage, or to vacation with kids. We are confident that our suggestions will lead to wonderful New England memories.

  1. Three thousand miles of rockbound shoreline
    Roll down your windows as you wind along Maine's coast where you'll find seaside villages like Bar Harbor. Stone walls line the road leading to the village nestled in the east side of Mt. Desert Island, surrounded by 40,000 acres of Acadia National Park. Here you'll find the only fjord on the Atlantic coast, granite cliffs, pine forests, whales, puffins, lighthouses, beaches, miles of shoreline, and the highest point on the east coast north of Rio de Janeiro, Cadillac Mountain, 1,530 feet.

  2. Best Foliage in the World
    New England is known for brilliant foliage, but Vermont is the true Land of Leaves. Tour lush countryside dotted with Holsteins, rambling red barns, and white church steeples. Along the road you'll find pumpkin stands, pick-your-own apple orchards and sip a glass of freshly-pressed cider.

  3. Highest Peak in The East
    Visit the White Mountains National Forest and explore Mount Washington which at 6,288 feet, stands tall over 1,200 miles of hiking, 700 miles of biking, 90 holes of golf, and over 100 miles of rivers and streams. Don't miss the Mount Washington Auto Road-this eight-mile road to the summit has been a favorite of White Mountain travelers since 1861.

  4. George Washington Slept Here
    So did Paul Revere. And Thoreau. Emily Dickinson, too. Walk Boston's Freedom Trail and rediscover the birthplace of America, listen to tales of the Revolution in Lexington and Concord. No matter where you turn, you'll find our country's history alive and well in Massachusetts.

  5. Wild Rivers and gentle waters
    Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime when you raft Maine's Kennebec River Gorge, the fabled Penobscot, or the Dead River. These three big waters offer some of the most remote, spectacular, and challenging adventures in the East. If quiet paddling is more your pace, try the Lamoille River in northern Vermont where you'll paddle beneath historic covered bridges amidst some of the most scenic farmland in New England.

  6. World-class Outlet shopping in the shadow of Majestic Mountains
    Bag bargains on everything from designer footwear to fine linens in quintessential New England towns like Manchester, Vermont, where all of Main Street is on the National Register of Historic Places, or North Conway, New Hampshire.

  7. Boats and Beaches
    Newport, Rhode Island, is the yachting capital of the world. But sailing isn't the only thing in Newport-here you'll find the country's first synagogue, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, impeccably restored Colonial homes, and opulent mansions. The Ocean State is a perfect destination for families because, with 400 miles of coastline, some of New England's finest swimming beaches are never more than 30 minutes away.

  8. Mountain Resorts
    Mountain resorts aren't just for skiers anymore. As the weather heats up, so does the action at places like Killington Resort in Vermont. Killington Peak, 4,241 feet, is the highest point reached by aerial lift in New England, making it a magnet for mountain bikers, hikers, golfers, and tennis players who come to be energized by the clean mountain breezes.

  9. Experience a chapter in America's nautical history
    Dozens of historic schooners take cruises out from two hours to two weeks, and anchor in seaside villages like Rockport, Massachusetts, or Camden, Maine. End your day with a lobster bake on the beach in the glow of the setting sun.

  10. Outdoor Adventure
    L.L. Bean, now an American tradition, today takes adventurers on sea kayaking vacations or on guided fly-fishing expeditions to paradise. Over 150 different outdoor discovery vacations in some of the most beautiful and remote places in the country are available.

When traveling in New England turn to Yankee's Travel Guide to New England or visit the website at www.NewEngland.com. The Best of New England Vacations from Yankee Magazine offers complete summer and fall packages to our spectacular region. Travellers who book a "Best of New England Vacation" receive a customized itinerary for the vacation of their choice. Call 1-800-996-2463. (NAPSI)

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