New England offers the best skiing and hiking in the northeast – from beginner to most challenging and everything in between. Its coastline is instantly recognizable from the famous rugged Maine coast to the protected white sand beaches and dunes of Cape Cod.
Here are New England six destination playgrounds with fun for the entire family:
- In Massachusetts, Boston is a magnet for history and museum buffs, and offers a pleasing mixture of old and new from the heritage of Beacon Hill to the new and bold architecture ideas on the waterfront. Walk the Boston Public Gardens and the Freedom Trail stopping to soak up the atmosphere of Quincy Market for refreshment, before embracing the poignant holocaust memorial. No cars needed just a good pair of walking shoes.
- 60 miles south of Boston is Cape Cod with its miles of unbroken white sand beaches and bike trails. Cape Cod burst at its seams during the summer with most families renting for a week or two, but its magic is year round and an ideal getaway destination for the fall and spring. Come visit the whales in season and watch the largest mammals on earth perform for you – cameras and sunscreen obligatory.
- Newport, Rhode Island, was once the playground of the wealthy who left a legacy of mansions and gardens now open to the public for viewing. The Newport waterfront is a dazzling array of alleys and side streets filled with shops and galleries and the atmosphere of its sailing past. Take a cruise in the harbor and spot a 12-meter preparing for recovery of the America’s Cup or learn how the British destroyed the town but not its spirit.
- Northern New England boasts deep clear lakes and tall peaks for hiking and skiing. Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest body of water in the New Hampshire Lakes Region and timeshare vacationers enjoy the excellent water related activities during the day and the fine restaurant life in the surrounding villages at night. Short easy walks in the foothills of the White Mountains invite travelers to explore and experience breathtaking views of the lake from different vantage points.
- North Conway is one of the gateways into New Hampshire’s majestic White Mountain National Forest and is full of resorts catering for summer, fall and winter visitors. Here is your base for great hiking and superb skiing, and family fun such as Storyland and Santa’s Village for the young. The area is famous for its fall foliage color and scenic drives but book your rental lodging early to avoid disappointment and missing nature’s fiery show.
- Vermont is famous for its rural landscape and farms, and skiing destinations. It’s no accident Maria Von Trapp of Sound of Music Von Trapp family fame, settled in Stowe. Nestled between two mountain ranges in Northern Vermont, Stowe reminded Maria of her alpine homeland. Stowe, along with Smuggler’s Notch, provides family mountain activities throughout summer and winter with festivals and special events such as antique car shows and ice carving. And then in the spring when the sap runs, maple sugaring begins and all are welcome to see the liquid gold produced.
This piece was submitted by our friends at New England Vacations Guide.