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Travel Guide

New England

Colorful fishing villages, long white beaches, lonely lighthouses on the horizon and endless forests...here is the region for you!

America is not just canyons and cowboys – it’s also the picturesque landscapes of the Northeast. If colourful fishing villages, long white beaches, solitary lighthouses and endless forests are what you are looking for, this is the ideal region for you! And if you are a sports and nature enthusiast, here you will be able to satisfy your every need: the Appalachian Mountains are among the most fascinating ranges in North America, and the jagged coastline offers extraordinary views of the immense ocean…and perhaps some ships and whales! Come and discover the most European side of the States!

Which states does it include?

Connecticut
Massachusetts
Vermont
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Maine

When to go?

The best times are late spring and especially the beginning of autumn to see the spectacle of the foliage. Summers are warm but pleasant, winters are very cold but the snow makes everything suggestive

In addition to offering marvellous natural scenery, New England is also a place of rich culture and history: it was precisely here where the Pilgrim Fathers landed in the United States and this is where American literature started. Here, the first prestigious American universities were established, as well as some of the most important museums in the world. Urban centers are enchanting places that will lead you back in time: the cobbled streets and old wooden or red brick houses in Salem, Marblehead and Portland offer a fascinating window to history that will allow you to breathe in the colonial atmosphere to the fullest. And if you love good cuisine…for just a few dollars you can eat the largest (and the most delicious) lobsters you have ever seen!

Connecticut

Wooden houses, churches with white steeples, covered bridges and beautiful green hills

“Yankee Doodle keep it up, Yankee Doodle dandy, Mind the music and the step, And with the girls be handy”…Don’t let the size fool you: even though it is the third-smallest state in the USA, Connecticut is an alluring state and it has the most famous anthem! With its wooden houses, churches with white bell towers, covered bridges, green hills full of vineyards and undulating fields, it is a state that overflows with history and has an elegance that has endured for centuries.
One of the 13 original colonies of the United States, Connecticut had the first public library, the first law school and the first amusement park in the nation. The inland is mostly rural and as such it has inspired some of the most important American impressionists; the marvellous jagged coast, however, is full of inlets, coves, small harbors, beaches and natural parks.
The urban centers are generally small and not very well known, but they all offer more than one reason to visit: in Hartford, you can visit the magnificent house where Mark Twain used to live; in New Haven you can walk along the tree-lined alleys of the Yale, one of the most prestigious universities in the world; in Wethersfield you can wander around a neighbourhood that looks exactly as it used to in the 1700s; in Mystic, a visit to the old whaler port will transport you to the pages of Moby Dick.
And if you are an aspiring palaeontologist (or simply a Jurassic Park fan), do not miss the Dinosaur State Park, where you can see more than 500 dinosaur footprints, left more than 200 millions of years ago! The fall, with its exploding colors, is the perfect time to visit Connecticut, but the state offers plenty to do throughout the year: country fairs, cultural events, avant-garde theatre, regattas…
Although it seems like a quiet little state, there is never a dull moment here!

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Massachusetts

Boston, Cape Cod and miles of beautiful sandy beaches

Among all the New England states, Massachusetts is the most diverse in the sense of the natural attractions, as well as the artistic ones: in the eastern part of the state you can cruise along miles of beautiful sandy beaches and see some of the most famous and elegant beach resorts in the United States, while in the western portion of the state you can enjoy soft green hills of the Berkshires and appreciate the rich cultural life that each year draws thousands of visitors.
Even the state capital, Boston, is a city of contrasts: you can wander through the narrow streets of the historic center but you can also admire many examples of the avant-garde architecture, such as Jon Hancock Tower, pass through the crowded financial district or enjoy the intellectual ambient of the university neighborhoods in Cambridge.
If you wish to visit some of the locations that the Kennedys held dear or live the Great Gatsby life for a moment, don’t miss the chance to spend a few days in Cape Cod: this peninsula that extends to the ocean for 113km will enchant you with its endless beaches, colourful colonial villages and some of the most inspiring lighthouses in the whole New England. And if you find the time, treat yourself to a trip to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard: you can explore them in their entirety on a bike, admire the mansions of the rich people of New York City and enjoy the nature whose beauty will take your breath away…and if you look up to the horizon, you might even see a whaling ship!
If, on the other hand, you are not easily scared by horror stories, don’t miss a chance to see Salem, the historic town near Boston where in the 1600s hundreds of women were accused and sentenced fo witchcraft! If you make it out of there alive, we suggest you go to the nearby Marblehead, which has more than 200 houses built before the War of Independence and is probably one of the prettiest villages in the entire region. 

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Vermont

Green mountains, golden lakes and....maple syrup!

When the explorer Samuel de Champlain arrived here in the early 1600s, he decided to name the region Vermont, which in French means “Green Mountain.” He may not have been the most creative when he picked the name, but it definitely gives you an accurate idea of the fertile scenery dominated by endless fields and thick forests that cover the mountains ranging across the state (guess what they’re called? That’s right – Green Mountains!).
Vermont still today remains partly wild and uncontaminated: a great green expanse with distinct farms surrounded by the famous Holstein cows (the black and white ones, like the cows you see on the Ben&Jerry cartoons – oh, and the famous ice cream was created right here, in Vermont, in the late 1970s!).
The residents are so intent on preserving the environment there is even a state-wide ban on billboards!)Each season offer different activities here: in the winter, the colourful towns transform into exclusive ski locations, and in the warmer seasons you can enjoy some of the best trekking in the entire United States…not to mention that, for those who love sailing and fishing, the Lake Camplain is a true paradise.
The capital city is Montpelier but the largest and the most interesting one is Burlington, a lively university center with great cultural life; the historic center is full of architectural masterpieces and view on Lake Champlain is to die for (but watch out for Champ, the water snake that is said to be a distant relative of the Loch Ness monster!). And if you love pancakes for breakfast, don’t forget to stock up on maple syrup: Vermont is the number one US state when it comes to the production of this delicious nectar.
Along the way you will see various farms allowing you to assist to the harvest of the syrup from the trunks and to try the syrup right there at the source…but be careful – it can be addictive!

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New Hampshire

Live free or die

“Live free or die” – this is the New Hampshire motto which can be read on license plates in this state; ito that testifies very well to the pride of this people, the first one to declare independence from England in 1776, the only state that still does not require drivers to fasten a seat belt when driving or to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. In the United States New Hampshire is known as the “Granite State,” not just due to huge caves where this material is found, but also due to the tenacity of its residents!
Like in most of New England, nature dominates here: more than 90% of the state is undeveloped and thick forests cover more than three quarters of the territory. The crown jewel of New Hampshire is certainly the White Mountain National Forest, in the northern part of the state: a national park that represents a heaven for hikers (almost 2.000km of trails!) and, in the winter, for skiers. But even if you are not much of a sports person, the marvellous scenery that you can enjoy from your car or on board of one of the historic trains that run across Mount Washington Cog Railroad will amaze you.
New Hampshire is more than just mountains, though: the coastline is only 30km long, but it’s absolutely amazing.
The port town of Portsmouth, with its tree-lined boulevards and colonial buildings, is one of the most elegant in the whole of New England. In Hampton, the oldest town in New Hampshire, you can walk along a magnificent beach turned state park and eat the best lobster rolls in the area.
In Exeter, you can visit American Independence Museum, which exhibits an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and draft copies of the American Constitution.
The longest shoreline is not the one facing the ocean, but the one around Lake Winnipesaukee, a true wonder of nature with more than 300 islands. 

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Rhode Island

Historic cities full of museums and art galleries in the smallest state of America

Don’t let the size fool you: it is true that Rhode Island is the smallest of the 50 US states, but that doesn’t mean it should be forgotten or neglected!

The historic cities with museums and galleries, pristine woods and long white beaches make this state an excellent vacation destination. The origin of the state is still a mystery: Rhode Island is not even an island (even though it does contain dozens of islands along its coastline) and the origin of the word “Rhode” is still widely discussed (some maintain that, when Giovanni da Verrazzano came here in the 1500s, he said it reminded him of Rhodes, but there are many other theories as well). Once part of the Massachusetts colony, it seceded in the early 1600s due to its principles of religious freedom and it kept its progressive spirit throughout the centuries – in fact, it was right here that the first synagogue and the first Baptist church in America were built.
The capital is Providence, known for its elegant Georgian buildings and some important universities, but the most famous city is definitely Newport, which for more than two centuries has been the favorite summer destination for rich industrial moguls of Boston and New York. The 1800s cottages are still in great shape and are among the main attractions in the city.
Newport also has a long naval tradition: in its beautiful port you will see many luxury boats but there is also the Naval War College Museum and the Museum of Yachting. If you love the beach, you can go relax in the nearby Middletown, the place that offers some of the best surfing spots in New England. Do not miss the coastline in South County, in the southwestern portion of the state, with almost 200km of sandy beaches.
If the water is too cold for you, behind these sandy strips there is a series of saltwater ponds declared national oasis of fauna thanks to a great number of herons and white herons that live here. 

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Maine

The quintessential New England

When it comes to the landscapes, Maine is quintessential New England: its spectacular coast offers almost 9.000km of coves, inlets and little ports, and the inland is dominated by mountains wrapped in endless forests and washed by over 6.000 glacial lakes. The Acadia National Park is perhaps the place the represents the best the natural wonders of Maine: a wild paradise in which the wooded mountains of pink granite basically throw themselves into the ocean.
The park offers excellent hiking possibilities for animal watching, exploring the cliffs or reaching panoramic peaks; but if you are more of a lazy type, you shouldn’t be too worried: even just a trip along the Loop Road in your car will offer a great view of the whole park, and once you reach the top of the Cadillac Mountain you can enjoy a breath-taking view of the archipelago that unfolds in front of the park.
Although definitely predominant, nature is not the only admirable aspect of Maine: there are tons of colourful fishing villages you can explore (Kittery, with its fortifications built in the early 1800s, Ogunquit, with what is universally considered to be the most beautiful beach in the state, Kennenbunkport, with stilt houses, Camden, with its enchanting port…).
The largest city and the one with the most events is certainly Portland: in the lively Old Port, after trying some delicious lobster, you can go shopping, visit some art galleries, restaurants, bars and eateries tucked in magnificent Victorian architecture. And if you want to treat yourself to a frivolous day, you should definitely make a short trip to Freeport, the shopping paradise!
Forget the sad-looking outlets that you can find in other places: strict planning laws have prohibited tearing down historic buildings so don’t be surprised if you find yourself eating in McDonald’s located in a Neo-Hellenic building from 1850, or buying an Abercrombie & Fitch sweatshirt in a library from the late 1800s. 

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