The Northeast is filled with historical monuments and natural wonders that are recognized the world over. If you have the opportunity to experience some of New England’s treasures, don’t pass it up. Here are just a handful of some of the riches the Northeast has to offer.
Must-visit gems in New England
1. Fenway Park
Fenway Park has been a Boston centerpiece for generations, and catching a game here is on many a bucket list. Fenway Park’s rich history is evident everywhere you look, and a guided tour of the park gives you an intimate perspective on how it operates and how it’s evolved over its 105 years in existence. Visit Pesky’s Pole, climb atop the Green Monster, and peruse the historical artifacts that line the walls and fill the public spaces.
When: Daily tours from 10am – 5pm
Where: 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA
Explore one of the most famous shorelines in the country. Forty miles of pristine beaches are the focal point of the Cape Cod National Seashore, but the beach isn’t the half of it. Marshes, ponds, and uplands are teeming with wildlife. Lighthouses, hiking and biking trails, and wild cranberry bogs dot the landscape. Here, you can hike, swim, boat, paddle, snorkel, hunt, fish, and go over-sand beach driving, among plenty of other nature adventures.
When: Daily, 9am – 4:30pm
Where: 99 Marconi Site Rd, Wellfleet, MA
The scenic drive on the legendary Mt. Washington Auto Road offers glimpses of mind-boggling beauty as you make your way along this 7.6-mile stretch of road that takes you to the highest and most famous peak in the Northeast. Constantly changing weather creates dramatic cloud formations, and eye-popping views of the landscape above the treeline amaze and inspire. Park at the summit, and make your way to the tippity toppity on foot for more spectacular vistas.
Where: NH Route 16 in Pinkham Notch, NH
The final resting place of Old Ironsides is a destination that’ll spark your imagination and leave you in awe of the incredible history of this famous naval vessel. The USS Constitution Museum is packed to the gills with artifacts and exhibits that invite you to experience firsthand the life of a sailor circa 1797. The ship itself is a work of art, and you can explore it at your leisure or take a fascinating guided tour.
When: Museum: Daily, 10am – 5pm; Ship: Tue – Sun, 10am – 4pm
Where: Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA
Acadia National Park has the honor being one of the very first spots in the country to see the rising sun each morning. The ocean view from Cadillac Mountain is gorgeous during normal times, but at the magical moment the sun peers over the horizon, the landscape transforms. Catch the sunrise, then embark on a short or long hike along one of many of the scenic trails, where you’ll see wildlife, waterfalls, and astonishing rock formations.
When: 24 hours
Where: 20 McFarland Hill Dr, Bar Harbor, ME
6. Cliff Walk
Cliff Walk is one of the most unique public access walks in the country, juxtaposing dazzling views of the historic mansions along the route with impressive vistas of the rocky Newport shoreline. Now designated as a National Recreation Trail, this 3.5-mile walk is mostly an easy one that ambles along with occasional steps, covered passages, and 70-foot drop-offs until you get to the beach. There, a rough path gets you to the rocky shoreline, where you scramble from rock to rock as you enjoy close-up views of the water.
When: Daily, sunrise – sunset
Where: 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI
7. Nubble Light
A historic beacon built in 1879, Nubble Light is a famous landmark and a goldmine of history, and the ocean views here are devastating. Activities going on during any given day include scuba diving, fishing, painting, photographing, and simply relaxing and taking it all in over a picnic lunch. When you’ve had your fill, pick up a souvenir at the small gift shop, and head into York for some quaint New England small-town charm.
When: 24 hours
Where: Sohier Park Rd, York, ME
A splendid, famed drive that became New England’s first scenic road in 1914, the Mohawk Trail spans 69 miles and moves you through 25 towns and along five major rivers in Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut. Rife with historical significances, this trail winds its way through deep forests and storied villages, where you can find all manner of activities, from antiquing and lunching to sightseeing and perusing the many museums that dot the trail.
Where: Route 2 at Williamstown, MA
For a hefty dose of history and lots of intriguing scenery, New England can’t be beat. Make a plan to see some sights, and get your camera ready to record some enduring memories on the Northeast.