From the smell of the salty ocean air to the sweet summer breezes, New England has it all. Whether you prefer an active vacation full of sailing, skiing and cycling, or you want a leisurely getaway rich with history and culture, you're sure to find more than you even imagined.
Romantic couples or families with children are equally entertained with New England vacations - at any time of year. In this part of the country, there are four distinct seasons, each bringing new scenery and a new set of activities.
Soak in the rays at a pristine beach or scream with delight on an amusement park ride. Take a bicycle ride down a leaf-strewn lane or take a drive along the famous Cape Cod seashore. Ski perfect mountain slopes or visit one of the region's many historic sites. Sample an array of vintages at a top-notch winery or spot a humpback whale on a relaxing cruise.
At any time of year, indulge in the freshest seafood anywhere in the country, served at some of the best restaurants in the country.
With its natural beauty, deep cultural significance and myriad ways to spend your free time, you'll want to come back to New England again and again.
Cheeky Monkey Cafe (Wharf, Newport). This is one funky cafe. With its leopard print furniture and elevated open kitchen, the jungle-like atmosphere is certainly cheeky.
Seafood Sam's (South Yarmouth). New England is about seafood, and you can't match the quality here. The portions are big and the atmosphere is casual, with outdoor picnic benches to help you enjoy the beautiful summer evenings.
The Lobster Pot Restaurant (Provincetown). This Provincetown institution overlooks historic Provincetown harbor. Come experience a piece of the tradition that makes Provincetown such a unique place.
Black Ships Festival (Newport). This celebration of the arts and culture of Japan commemorates the historic achievements of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN, who negotiated the first treaty between Japan and the United States.
The legendary Cape Playhouse (Hyannis). Often referred to as the "Birthplace of the Stars", the Cape Playhouse has been bringing professional Broadway actors to Cape Cod since 1927. Each year, thousands continue to enjoy shows at "America's Oldest Professional Summer Theatre."
Pirate's Cove Marketplace (South Yarmouth). Come see why Boston Magazine awarded this a "Best Family Attraction" honor. The well-done pirate theme, innovative hole designs and beautifully groomed grounds are a must-see.
The Breakers (Newport). The most awe-inspiring of the Newport summer cottages - a National Historic landmark - belonged to Cornelius Vanderbilt II, who commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a summer home for his extensive family. Tour this magnificent estate or one of seven other homes.
Lighthouse Keeper for a Day (Narragansett Bay). Visit Rose Island Lighthouse for a daytime tour, or spend the night and experience a lighthouse keeper's daily routine.
John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. Experience a multimedia exhibit that paints a detailed picture of the days JFK spent on Cape Cod.
From local crafts to fine retail. New England is a browser's paradise. From the Historic Hyannis Main Street Waterfront District to the more than 100 stores in Cape Cod Mall, the shopping is endless. Don't miss Cape Town Plaza, Southwind Plaza and Festival at Hyannis.