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Top classic attractions across the 5 states of New England.

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Mark Twain House & Museum: Get a glimpse of the life of one of the most renowned American authors in the home where he wrote his most notable books, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, among other literary greats. www.marktwainhouse.org

The Maritime Aquarium: This aquarium is dedicated to the life found in the Long Island Sound, the body of water that forms the Connecticut coastline and connects the state to New York’s Long Island. In addition to the IMAX theatre, the Maritime Aquarium offers an educational tour of the Long Island Sound aboard the Spirit of the Sound. www.maritimeaquarium.org

Yale University: Yale has produced several U.S. presidents including Bill Clinton and George Bush, and notable actors such as Meryl Streep, Lupita Nyong’o, James Franco and Paul Newman. Get a first-hand look at life as a Yalie during a student-guided tour. http://visitorcenter.yale.edu

Maine  

Acadia National Park: This national park is home to Cadillac Mountain, the highest mountain on the east coast north of Rio de Janeiro and where summit visitors are the first to watch the sun rise each day in the United States. Outdoor enthusiasts can try biking, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking and sailing. https://visitmaine.com/quarterly/acadia

Lighthouses: More than 60 lighthouses dot the scenic coast of Maine. By taking a trip along Maine’s coastal Route 1 and exploring the rocky shores and peninsulas along the way, visitors experience a true sense of Maine’s maritime heritage. https://visitmaine.com/things-to-do/lighthouses-and-sightseeing/lighthouses

Freeport/L.L.Bean: Freeport is a quaint New England village setting with more than 100 shops and stores. Open all day, every day, L.L.Bean’s flagship store in Freeport is the place to buy quality outdoor apparel. Don’t miss the indoor trout pond. https://www.visitfreeport.com

Massachusetts 

Freedom Trail, Boston: Discover America’s revolutionary history in Massachusetts as you walk the iconic Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile, red-lined route in Boston with 16 historically significant sites, including museums, meetinghouses, churches, parks and burying grounds. http://thefreedomtrail.org

Plimoth Plantation & Plymouth 400, Plymouth: Travel back in time to the 17th century through this living history museum that explores the stories of the colonial English community and the Wampanoag tribe. In 2020, America is poised to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony.
Plimoth Plantation — www.plimoth.org
Plymouth 400 — www.plymouth400inc.org

New Hampshire

Mount Washington Cog Railway, Bretton Woods: The world’s first mountain climbing train to the fascinating summit of Mount Washington. Guests can experience classic steam or innovative biodiesel engines all built completely on site (sold by New World Travel). http://thecog.com

Portsmouth EATS, Portsmouth: USA Today named Portsmouth one of the top 10 best small food towns in the United States. These custom tours allow visitors the most experiential way to discover the city’s fascinating history and talents through food and the famous chefs who live here. http://portsmouth-eats.com

Mount Washington Auto Road, Pinkham Notch: The United States’ oldest manmade attraction where brave visitors can drive their own vehicles to the summit or safely ride in a highly entertaining, guided stage coach van to the summit of Mount Washington. http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com

Rhode Island

WaterFire Providence®: The award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans was installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence. WaterFire features one hundred sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and enchanting music from around the world. https://www.visitrhodeisland.com/events/waterfire/

Block Island: Only a short ferry ride from the mainland, Block Island offers the quintessential island experience. Think food and drinks overlooking the ocean, boutique-lined streets, spectacular natural sights and some of the most unspoiled white sand beaches in the country. Hop on a bike or moped and get exploring charming streets, dramatic cliffs, quiet beaches and pristine nature trails. www.visitrhodeisland.com/things-to-do/regions/block-island

Newport Mansions: America’s Gilded Age is beautifully preserved and brought to life at the Newport Mansions. The architecture, design and history of each of these palatial homes is as fascinating as it is unique. The Breakers is the grandest of Newport’s “summer cottages” and a stunning symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence in turn-of-the-century America. www.visitrhodeisland.com/listing/the-breakers/158

Issued by the Discover New England Australia / New Zealand Press Office.
Discover New England represents the five American states of Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to promote international visitation.

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