No doubt, if it’s your first visit to the northeast of the United States, it’s likely you’ll dive right into some of the firm favourites of New York City, Niagara Falls and Washington DC, which are all incredible places to experience (there’s no doubt about that) but, and it’s a big but, there is so much more to see! One thing that is pretty darn wonderful about the US is its diversity and gorgeous places to explore, with the northeast being no exception!
If you’re already planning a trip to New York City or thinking of seeing another side of the region, then make sure to take a look at some of these stunning stops. If you love natural beauty, quaint towns and opportunities to spot whales and devour fresh lobster, then the northeast is for you!
Take a look at some of the very best places you should consider:
1.) Gorge on fresh lobster at Bar Harbour, Maine
On the northeast shores of Mt Desert Island, Bar Harbour is one special little place that’s well worth a gander at! Head into the town itself and gorge in one of the quaint, independent, restaurants that line the little streets. Make sure to visit Rose Eden Restaurant, where they serve fresh lobster, with lashings of butter, all right from the shore front at a very reasonable price too.
If you’re looking to work off all those buttery calories, take a walk along the Ocean Trail by the town – it’s something else!
2.) Time for a tipple on Nantucket Island
Approximately 3o miles from the shores of Cape Cod, Nantucket Island is one lovely little spot to visit. Make sure to pop into the Nantucket Vineyard that also craft local beers (Don’t forget to ask for a taster of some of their limited edition casks).
If you’re looking for a little R&R, then head towards Madakat Beach, arguably one of the nicest, sandy beaches, on the island.
3.) Watch the sunset at Grand Isle, Vermont
If you’re heading north in Vermont, make sure to take a pit stop on the gorgeous Grand Isle. This intimate little island is only home to a few thousand people who really care for this gorgeous place. Head to the beautiful Grand Isle State Park for a little ramble around the beautiful nature, it’s a great place to watch the sunset across the shores too!
4.) See the roaring falls of Finger Lakes, New York
Last time I visited Finger Lakes was in the midst of a crazy thunderstorm for a night in a tent… it was terrifying and exhilarating in equal measure! Thankfully, thunderstorms are few and far between and the whole area is a breathtaking place to enjoy a few days away from the hustle and bustle of, say, New York City.
5.) Follow the Kanacamagus Highway in the White Mountains, New Hampshire
White Mountains is situated predominately in New Hampshire, with Maine taking a little bite of it too! Head over to the whopping 800,000-acre park and drive the Kancamagus Highway without ever having to break a sweat. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a hike or a ramble, make sure to take a look at the many designated routes that criss-cross the forest.
6.) Discover Mt Desert Island, Maine
Mt Desert Island is a picturesque island (home to Bar Harbour, I mentioned previously). The island itself is a beautiful place to explore. Hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain and ramble through the picturesque Acadia National Park that’s great to see in Summer and Winter!
7.) Go whale watching in Boston, Massachusetts
Boston is one of my favourite east coast cities, packed full of history and incredible seafood, there’s a massive amount to do in the city. If you’re spending a few days on your trip, make sure to head out whale watching, pack in some walking along the Freedom Trail… oh and make sure to see the Museum of Fine Art (if that’s your thing). Its huge collection is one of the very best in the world!
Also, if you’re looking for a really quirky place to rest your head, make sure to check out the Verb Hotel that is based on 1960’s America!
8.) See Dr Seuss at Springfield, Massachusetts
Springfield has lots of charming things to see and do, evening if you’re only staying for a little time. Make sure to visit, Watershops Pond, Hubbard Park and even spot the Dr Seuss statues within the sculpture garden itself.
9.) See the stars in Portland, Maine
Set on the corner of a peninsula, Portland is one lovely city to visit! Make sure you take some time to visit the Portland Observatory where you’ll get the opportunity to brush up on some star-gazing skills or take a tour Victoria Mansion that is stunningly preserved.
If you’re looking for an outdoor activity, hop over to Fore Street for some local bites to eat!
10.) Discover the beautiful, Casco Bay Islands
Not far from the shores on Portland is the beautiful islands situated within Casco Bay itself. This huge bay has numerous islands that to explore, including Peaks Island (which actually is part of the city of Portland) and the beautiful Cliff Island too.
Alternatively, If you’re looking for a small island where you can stroll around, head over to Great Diamond that is car and lorry free… perfect for walking on this relaxing island!
11.) Explore the wild and beautiful, Block Island
Block Island is technically part of Rhode Island (the state) and was named after a famous European explorer who ventured these waters many a year ago. Head across to Mohegan Bluffs to see the iconic clay cliffs that overlook the ocean or visit Block Island North Lighthouse that is 150 years old this year!
12.) Gorge at Skinny Pancake in Montpelier, Vermont
As the capital city of Vermont, Montpelier has lots of amazing things to see and do for us travellers. Head over to the delicious Bragg Farm Sugar House that makes all things maple syrup… be warned, you will leave on a sugar high! 🙂 If you’re looking for a piece of beautiful history, then take a tour of the Vermont State House that has become an iconic site in the city.
For a yummy brunch, dart over to Skinny Pancake that has some of the very best pancakes in all of Vermont. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!