New England Trips this Spring and Summer

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.

Whether you live in New England or not, there are lots of great New England trips you can take this spring or summer. Here are all the awesome places you can go, as well as things you can do in Boston specifically.

New England Trips To Take this Spring & Summer

New Hampshire:

Portsmouth – Visit beaches, shopping, museums, and more in a less-crowded area than Boston, such as: American Independence Museum | Downtown Portsmouth | Portsmouth Harbor Cruises

Manchester – It’s “the largest convention, sports, entertainment, and arts & cultural destination in New Hampshire”: Palace Theater | Currier Museum of Art | Top 10 Things To Do in Manchester, NH


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!


I can’t figure out what are the Connecticut hubs so here are fun things to do (keep in mind Connecticut is a great location in between NYC and Boston!): Mystic Aquarium |  Adventure Park | Foxwoods

Rhode Island:

Providence – Downtown Providence | Providence Place | Historic Providence | Waterfire


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.

Boston –

Planning to come to Boston? Here are museums and historical sites to help you plan the best trip to Boston possible.


Things To Do in Boston


Historical Sites

Like this post? Check out:

A Weekend in Boston, What To Do in Boston this Summer, What To Pack for a Weekend Trip

Where are you planning to go over the next couple of months?

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  • Reply Emily of Em Busy Living

    I’ve been dreaming up a road trip through New England and this helps a lot! I’ve never been farther north than NYC.

    April 21, 2017 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Lexi Goyette

    Hooray, fellow Boston blogger! I love all these suggestions, especially the ones in MA, my home state. I still need to get to the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum!

    May 17, 2017 at 9:34 am
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