Maine

Maine is the largest state in New England. In fact, it is almost as big as the other five states combined and an amazing 90% of it is covered by forest.

Finding unspoiled landscapes and getting away from the holiday crowds is easy in this majestically scenic state known as ‘The Pine Tree State’ with it’s mountains and valleys, beautiful lakes and rushing rivers all guarded by those signature pine trees.

Top Tips

Catch the Boston Red Sox in a game of baseball at their famous Fenway Park, which celebrated its millennium in 2012. Soak up the friendly but electric atmosphere as you try to work out the rules of the game!

Shopaholics should head to Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace for big-name as well as eclectic stores or to Newbury Street, the most exclusive shopping street in New England. Here you’ll find unique art and craft galleries, jewellery outlets and boutiques.

Cape Cod is one of the best places for a whale-watching boat trip (the season is from May to October). You may see dolphins as well as Humpback, Minke and Finback whales.

Escape the crowds on the more remote beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore coastline. Or, take the foot passenger ferry from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs on the boutique island of Martha's Vineyard. Hire bicycles and ride to the south shore for the beautiful beaches.

So much of New England is about food! Try clam chowder in famous Quincy Market Food Hall, fresh lobster anywhere in Maine and, of course, a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream made in Vermont.

Visit the Berkshires, Massachusetts in summer time and catch one of the many summer festivals. It’s the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the theatre festival in Stockbridge and the music festival in Tanglewood.

Ride the Cog Railway to the peak of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. You'll travel above the clouds and see some spectacular scenery along the way.

Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts is a living history museum which recreates an 1830’s New England rural village. Costumed staff perform the routines of everyday life of the 19th century.

Visit the breathtaking millionaires’ mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, built over 100 years ago by America's wealthiest families - the Vanderbilt’s, Astor’s and Belmont’s to name but a few.

Enjoy a summer boat ride aboard The Spirit of Ethan Allen or a lunch cruise on the Northern Lights cruise ship on the 125-mile long Lake Champlain.

Coastline & Colours

The real appeal of Maine is its spectacular rugged coastline – nearly 3,500 miles of jagged headlands, secret coves, charming fishing villages and peppered with lighthouses which are a Maine trademark. Here the Atlantic surges past thousands of little islands to crash on to granite rocks. Invigorating, refreshing and inspiring, that’s Maine.

Visit in the spring and autumn to experience beautiful New England foliage or in the winter when you can enjoy spectacular skiing and snowmobiling. The summer months are just idyllic and a perfect time to explore the natural beauty of the state.

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