Northeast - United States of America
(Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont)
Between the City of New York and Boston, there is a place where culture and the colours of nature live side by side. Imagine slow summer days kayaking on the Long Island Sound of hiking trails ablaze with autumnal colours, cross-country skiing and ice fishing in winter, then celebrating the joys of spring at one of the many festivals. Walk across the covered bridges of the Litchfield Hills, ride the vintage Essex Steam Train or stand aboard the 19th Century whaling ship Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport and the original nuclear-powered submarine, the USS NAUTILUS. This is what Connecticut is all about.
Whether it's in the sereness of a countryside vineyard, walking down a blossom-scented path along with palatial estates or to a sun-splashed beach stretching the length of Delaware's 28 miles of Atlantic coastline, experience the colours of a winter sunset at Fenwick Island State Park, or a vigorous walk or hike on the Junction Breakwater Trail or the experience of Cape Henlopen State Park.
When the magic of winter arrives, during February experience the Fire and Ice Festival, when the Delaware shores comes alive in celebration of what mid-winter offers – turning water into ice. Visit the annual Fire & Ice Festival, stroll the Bethany Beach boardwalk and delve into the serenity of surrounding small-town sidewalks displaying dazzling ice sculptures of every shape and size during this free festival.
Delaware is the state that delivers ocean resorts in the south, Delaware gives a flavour of fun, and savour land of endless discoveries
From iconic lighthouses perched along shimmering ocean bays to Portland's cobblestone streets claiming award-winning restaurants, Maine offers world-class art museums, ski lodges or spot moose in the northern wilderness. Here Maine meets inspiration in nature from the straightforward preparation of the perfect lobster roll to the world-acclaimed artistry of their boats. Absorb the magic of Maine, with unique boutiques and shops, farm- and sea-to-table eats, and one-of-a-kind stays.
Maryland, established by the English in 1634, is known for its coastline and waterways, particularly the Chesapeake Bay, with excellent fresh seafood, especially crabs, and Fort McHenry in Baltimore, where the U.S. National Anthem was composed. Among the distinct terrain and natural splendours, naval and space facilities, museums, and historic sites, visit wild horses on Assateague Island, tour the working shipyard at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, or the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway, or simply hit the slopes of Wisp Resort the states only four-season ski resort, there is something for everyone in Maryland.
They claim you can hear, think and feel, and sometimes even smell the history throughout Massachusetts. With the quaintest of villages, impressive scenery, over forty-five lighthouses and the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.
Massachusetts is home to Boston's historic Beacon Hill, the campuses of Harvard University and vast sandy beaches from Cape Cod to Cape Ann. No matter the season, there’s so much to look at and explore. Whether you tramp up a mountain in the morning and then sit back at the beach in the afternoon, or simply stand on the very rock where the Pilgrims settled. Take a walk along the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston, where every step recounts a story of the American Revolution or listen for the notorious “shot heard round the world” on Lexington Green, where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired or simply appreciate the serenity of Martha's Vineyard, you’ll unearth a whole state of wonder just waiting to be explored.
New Hampshire attractions encompass extraordinary forts to Santa visits in winter. Explore historic river valleys to the soaring peaks of the highest mountains in the Northeast, roads lined with stone walls leading to quintessential New England villages, miles of grand forests and parks, inviting lakes, picture-postcard rural landscapes.
Experience classic antique railroading in the White Mountains or drive up to the 6,288-foot Peak on the Northeast Road, where, on a cloudless day, visitors discover panoramic views spanning the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and even north into Canada and east to the Atlantic Ocean.
Visit the Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in the White Mountains home to 80 sled dogs itching to get into harness, or the more leisurely pace of The Café Lafayette Dinner Train a two-hour twenty-minute breathtaking and culinary journey in beautifully restored railcars along the western slopes of the mountains and the Pemigewasset River. You will be pleasantly surprised by New Hampshire.
Known for its remarkable Jersey Shore sandy beaches and quiet townships, you will also discover Princeton University' lush, green landscape, Morristown National Historical Park, home to George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters or the Cape May Historic District, a seaside treasure offering stunning views and classic Victorian architecture. For stunning ocean views, take a trip to the memorable 1858 Cape May lighthouse or the World War II Lookout Tower. Locals and visitors alike stroll, bike, rollerblade, and walk their dogs along this world-recognized Ocean City is 3-miles long boardwalk. Look out for the United States Coast Guard Tower, Trimper's Carousel, the Inlet Indian sculpture, and the Ocean City Lifesaving Station Museum
New York with the pleasure of deep-sea fishing off the shores of Long Island to tranquil hiking and paddling in the Adirondack Mountains, you will step off the crowded sidewalks of 59th Street into Central Park's 693 acres of manufactured gardens, meadows, forests, and rolling hillsides. Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum descending from the street to bedrock level and the foundations of the former Twin Towers, or the majestic Grand Central Terminal, a view into old New York and into an era when train travel was the ultimate extravagance for the wealthy and an essential for the working man. Visit the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island or take the lift to the top of the Empire State Building with its 360-degree view, 86th-floor deck and indoor 102nd-floor observatory or simply wander around the Metropolitan Museum of Art & Met Cloisters, where 5,000 years of art from all over the world, two million individual objects and 17 acres of exhibition space. Explore the Met's uptown Cloisters cobbled together from authentic segments of European medieval monasteries.
Pennsylvania s home to many historic sites that preserve important artifacts and buildings of the American Revolutionary War found in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, Pittsburgh, or Gettysburg's battlegrounds. Garden lovers can explore magnificent botanical gardens in Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Trek up spectacular hiking trails and visit the township built on chocolate, Hershey’s Chocolate World. Pennsylvania is home to the World of Little League Museum, science centres, performing arts venues. or explore Bicycle Heaven the world’s largest bike museum holding over 4,000 vintage and collectible bikes or simply go hiking, biking or boating in 121 state parks, and learn about the Amish in farms and villages.
Rhode Island known as the Ocean State is framed by 643 kilometres of coastline with many seafaring traditions, splendid with beaches and fresh-from-the-ocean seafood. It displays public art, swanky residences, charming villages, and flaming rivers. Rhode Island is also renowned for local farms, local brews, winding trails, and walkable cities. It’s rebellious, artistic and diverse. Inland, this nature lover's wonderland promises rock climbing to hot-air ballooning and a sense of Colonial-era history-making Rhode Island a year-round enviable destination.