Whether you live in New England or just want to visit, there are lots of ideas for New England trips this spring and summer. New England summers are great because it doesn’t (always) get as hot as the rest of the country and there’s so much coastline that ocean breeze makes the hot days much more bearable. Since I’m a born and bred New Englander – grew up in Maine, currently live in Boston, and spend a fair amount of time back in Maine – let me give you some ideas about great trips to take over the next 4-6 months.
New England Trips To Take this Spring & Summer
Portland – Oh, Portland, how I love you. I grew up right outside of Portland and can’t recommend the city enough. There are tons of gorgeous beaches in the area, the Old Port has lots of little shops and restaurants, and there’s a lot of history. Check out the museums, take a harbor cruise, and have a great time.
Peak’s Island – This is technically a part of Portland, but I consider it it’s own destination. It’s an island off the coast of Portland. You can rent bikes or kayaks to explore the area, grab a bite to eat, or even stay overnight.
Freeport – Home to outlets, the L. L. Bean store, and more just a short drive from Portland. Stay in Freeport or in Portland and head up.
Bar Harbor – This is the town on Mount Dessert Island near Acadia National Park. It’s a fun area with gorgeous scenery. There are shops, galleries, and museums in Bar Harbor, and there’s lots of active activities to do. Plus, Acadia National Park is gorgeous!
Plymouth – Visit the location of the historic Plymouth Colony!
Cape Cod – I strongly suggest visiting before Memorial Day, or at least before the middle of June because it won’t take long before it’s PACKED. Also, I feel like I don’t need to say anything to advertise Cape Cod since it’s, y’know, Cape Cod.
Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard – These are the islands off the coast of Massachusetts. Again, if you visit before the busy season, you’ll probably have a better time. Here’s the Nantucket travel guide and here’s one for Martha’s Vineyard.
Things To Do in Boston
- Museum of Fine Art
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- New England Aquarium
- Museum of Science
- Boston Children’s Museum
- Franklin Park Zoo
- Old North Church
- Old South Meeting House
- Paul Revere House
- Freedom Trail
- Bunker Hill
- USS Constitution
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