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NEW ENGLAND GETAWAYS

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Travel tips and "trips" for your New England getaway. Select a day trip or string them together to create your own New England travel adventure.

Things to Do in New England

New England travel is a unique experience. In four hours or less you can traverse the six states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

In this region, the present is still anchored firmly in the past, taking you on a whirlwind trip through prehistoric dinosaur trails, Native American cultures, and early English colonization.

If you're visiting the area from afar, consider flying into Hartford, Connecticut for central access to the major metropolitan areas of Boston and New York City and other attractions nearby.

If you’re already here, then pick a day trip below, or search for your own unique experience. There are plenty of things to do in New England.

Why Visit New England?

Where to Go and What to Do

Find your New England Getaway

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8 of the Best New England Day Trips to Take This Spring

By Kathleen Hesketh | February 27, 2022

DISCLAIMER: Our posts may contain affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, you won’t pay a penny more, but we’ll get a small commission, which helps to keep the lights on. Thanks! Spring is fickle in the Northeast, but this list of the 8 best New England day trips will reward you … Read more

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6 Connecticut Winter Activities: The Perfect Way to Spend a Cold Day

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 2, 2022

Connecticut day trips are a great way to bust the boredom of gloomy winter weather, but if you think you’re limited in options by the snow or cold, don’t worry. We’ve put together our top 6 Connecticut winter activities for non-skiers, to help you get out and explore this winter. These experiences offer some great … Read more

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Travel Trends: New England Getaways You Have to See to Believe

By Kathleen Hesketh | September 22, 2021

If you’re looking for New England Getaways, you have a lot of choices. New England isn’t a single state, but a travel destination, comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. In fact, one of the best things about New England is the close proximity of the states and the easy driving … Read more

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New England Fall Activities, Planning Your Bucket List Destination

By Kathleen Hesketh | September 15, 2021

Riotous color, historical surprises, dark night skies and some not-so-traditional sights and sounds of the season—New England fall activities are a delight that you’ll want to add to your travel bucket list. We’ve gathered the best activities across the region to get you on your way and help you enjoy the singular experience of autumn … Read more

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New England Fall Activities

Your Bucket List Fall Destination

Your guide to New England's traditional and not-so-traditional autumn happenings

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Lowell National Historic Park: Bringing the Industrial Revolution Back to Life

By Ali Patton | April 11, 2024

A visit to Lowell National Historic Park is a visit back in time to the 19th century during the peak of the Industrial Revolution. Located in the heart of the city of Lowell Massachusetts, Lowell National Historic Park doesn’t provide views of nature and wildlife like other national parks, but rather a deep delve into … Read more

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Go Kart Racing In Connecticut – Thrill on the World’s Largest Indoor Track

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 7, 2024

Our First Experience Go Kart Racing on the World’s Largest Indoor Track Speed is not a thrill I typically pursue, so I approached Supercharged go kart racing in Connecticut with a fair degree of trepidation. Supercharged offers two racetracks. One is more compact, offering thrill enthusiasts a high number of hairpin turns. While some are … Read more

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High-Adrenaline Excitement in the Litchfield Hills: ATV Rental Connecticut – Backyard Adventures

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 7, 2024

Home to revolutionary-war heroes and colonial mansions, renting an ATV in Connecticut may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering adventurous outdoor pursuits. In fact, the state has been shorted when it comes to high-adrenaline adventure. We’re talking about scrambling over rocky screes and blasting through the sodden leaf-strewn underbelly of … Read more

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Duckpin Bowling in Connecticut: Do It While You Can

By Kathleen Hesketh | February 18, 2024

Duckpin bowling in Connecticut is a traditional sport that is fun for all ages. Find a lane near you and learn more about this fading art. Duckpin Bowling Traditions in Connecticut It’s our family tradition when we are in Connecticut to go duckpin bowling on the day after Christmas. We descend upon Ducks on the … Read more

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Submerged at Submarine Force Museum in Connecticut

By Ali Patton | February 26, 2020

The Submarine Force Museum in Groton CT is home to all things submarine, including working periscopes and the USS Nautilus. The Nautilus is submerged in water outside the museum and is open for tours. The Story of the USS Nautilus In 1951, Congress authorized the construction of the Nautilus submarine. “Underway on nuclear power” are … Read more

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When the Leaves Fall

Autumn in Connecticut

Connecticut shows she knows how to put on some color in these autumn adventures.

Amazing New England

Incredible New England hikes and places you have to see to believe

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Best Connecticut Hiking Trails: 7 Hikes that Will Knock Your Socks off

By Kathleen Hesketh | May 9, 2024

You don’t have to search long to come up with dozens of Connecticut hiking trails, but narrowing in on the best hikes in Connecticut often requires a little determination. Many are short, flat jaunts with little to pique your curiosity, while others dig deep into history or the ecological wonders of the state. These are … Read more

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Lowell National Historic Park: Bringing the Industrial Revolution Back to Life

By Ali Patton | April 11, 2024

A visit to Lowell National Historic Park is a visit back in time to the 19th century during the peak of the Industrial Revolution. Located in the heart of the city of Lowell Massachusetts, Lowell National Historic Park doesn’t provide views of nature and wildlife like other national parks, but rather a deep delve into … Read more

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Fort Wetherill Jamestown: Exploring Semi-Secret Tunnels and Other Things You Can’t Imagine

By Ali Patton | March 28, 2024

Abandoned on Rhode Island’s shores, behind overgrown trees, often overlooked, or just plain forgotten, sits Fort Wetherill in Jamestown. Once a proud active fort, Fort Wetherill’s many tunnels and structures are now covered in multicolored graffiti. Fort Wetherill Jamestown’s History In 1855, President Grover appointed the Endicott Board. Made up of members of the Army, … Read more

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Visiting New England: Travel Doesn’t Get Much Better

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 23, 2024

New England travel bloggers are a rare breed. We don’t jet of to exotic locations and rhapsodize about far-off places. Instead, we write about a little-known piece of the U.S. that most people don’t really understand. New England States List What state is New England in? It’s one of the most popular Google searches about … Read more

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Budweiser New Hampshire Brewery Tour Merrimack: A Non-Drinker’s View

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 17, 2024

Taking a Budweiser Brewery tour in Merrimack, NH isn’t just for beer lovers. It’s also an experience for history buffs and anyone who likes to understand the ins and outs of how things are made. While you can no longer visit the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales at this location, you can tour the facilities and sample … Read more

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Hiking Granby, CT McLean Game Refuge: 2 Trails That Will Make You Want to Visit This Small Town

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 14, 2024

“I want the [McClean] game refuge to be a place where some of the things God made may be seen by those who love them, as I loved them, and who may find in them the peace of mind and body that I have found.” From the will of Sen. George McLean.   The small Connecticut town … Read more

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The Enigmatic Hearthstone Castle of Danbury: Once Grand, Now Abandoned

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 8, 2024

Visiting Hearthstone Castle in Danbury is a less a trip than it is an exploration. For us, it tied some peculiar history into an outdoor adventure that left us a bit nostalgic for the past. Note: Since our initial visit to Hearthstone Castle Danbury in 2020, the fence around Hearthstone Caste Danbury has been closed … Read more

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The world's largest indoor go kart track at Supercharged
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Go Kart Racing In Connecticut – Thrill on the World’s Largest Indoor Track

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 7, 2024

Our First Experience Go Kart Racing on the World’s Largest Indoor Track Speed is not a thrill I typically pursue, so I approached Supercharged go kart racing in Connecticut with a fair degree of trepidation. Supercharged offers two racetracks. One is more compact, offering thrill enthusiasts a high number of hairpin turns. While some are … Read more

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Abandoned in Brenton Point State Park: Searching Historical Remains of The Reef

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 7, 2024

On a breezy summer day, Brenton Point State Park in Newport, Rhode Island glistens as brightly as the sun off the ocean waves across the street. Kites fly high, and if you time it right, you might even score a Dell’s Lemonade, one of Rhode Island’s distinctive treats. However, Brenton Point State Park holds a … Read more

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Unleash Your Inner Zookeeper at Animal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue Center Bolton, MA

By Ali Patton | March 6, 2024

Kangaroos, goats, snakes, oh my! Animal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue Center in Bolton MA is a sanctuary for just about every animal you can imagine. They offer guided and self- tours where you can get up close and personal with some of the furry and feathery residents. Animal Adventures, Bolton has been caring for … Read more

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Copake Iron Works–Blasting into the Past: A Seconds to Go Short

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 5, 2024

Deep within the embrace of the Taconic Mountains, nestled alongside the gurgling Bash Bish Brook, lies a testament to American industrial ingenuity – the Copake Iron Works historic site. Established in 1845, this historic site in upstate New York isn’t about towering smokestacks and forgotten machinery. It’s a captivating journey through time, offering a glimpse … Read more

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Bash Bish Falls State Park in early spring
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Shhhh… Listen! Do You Hear The Sound Of Bash Bish Falls?

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 5, 2024

Bash Bish Falls State Park is home to the Massachusett’s highest, single-drop waterfall. It’s a great day trip destination in New England, but is considered by some to be the state’s most dangerous as well. Bash Bish Falls State Park and the Massachusetts Versus New York Dilemma Forty-five and sunny isn’t the best spring break … Read more

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Travel blogger, Ali Patton, poses with mascot Nemo in a cave at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Connecticut
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The Secrets Surrounding Chatfield Hollow State Park

By Ali Patton | February 27, 2024

Chatfield Hollow State Park in Connecticut, with water wheels and trails that lead to old mill ruins, is a must visit Connecticut state park. Plus like so many things in New England, it offers something for all ages. Preparing to Visit Chatfield Hollow State Park Before even starting the car to drive to Chatfield Hollow … Read more

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Ice Glen Trail, Like Ireland in the Berkshires

By Kathleen Hesketh | February 27, 2024

DISCLAIMER: Our posts may contain affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, you won’t pay a penny more, but we’ll get a small commission, which helps to keep the lights on. Thanks! You can easily spend days driving the backroads of the Berkshires, slipping into a daydream, imagining what life would have … Read more

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Duckpin Bowling in Connecticut: Do It While You Can

By Kathleen Hesketh | February 18, 2024

Duckpin bowling in Connecticut is a traditional sport that is fun for all ages. Find a lane near you and learn more about this fading art. Duckpin Bowling Traditions in Connecticut It’s our family tradition when we are in Connecticut to go duckpin bowling on the day after Christmas. We descend upon Ducks on the … Read more

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Hiking Case Mountain in Manchester, Connecticut

By Kathleen Hesketh | February 17, 2024

Before going to Case Mountain, I never thought of hiking in Manchester Connecticut. Apparently, I was a member of a small minority unaware of Case Mountain’s history and splendid sites. Case Mountain: New England Hiking, History and Cliff-Top Views Fall color had been dim in Connecticut, the few years before my first trip to Case Mountain. We’d become accostomed to … Read more

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Rock House Reservation: Visit Massachusetts’ Slot Canyon

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 26, 2024

Travel across New England is filled with surprises, particularly when you stumble across Rock House Reservation. I never expected to find the equivalent of a slot canyon (Think Zion National Park and southern Utah) in the woods of Central Massachusetts, but Rock House Reservation features a similar, if much smaller, geographical phenomenon. Nestled amidst the … Read more

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The Murderous Tragedy of Spooner Well in Central Massachusetts

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 23, 2024

Few people realize that the small town of Brookfield in Central Massachusetts is responsible for raising the first woman to be executed in the new America republic. However, Spooner Well, a sad and lonely spot on the old Boston Post Road, commemorates the occasion with a single lone marker. It’s the place where Joshua Spooner … Read more

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Rescued Animals Find a Ray of Light in Connecticut

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 22, 2024

It isn’t every day that you find an interesting travel destination that also offers hope for rescued animals, but Ray of Light Farm in Connecticut is just such a place. Nestled in the back roads of East Haddam, not far from the famous Gillette Castle mansion, the farm offers sanctuary to abandoned animals as well … Read more

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Three Off-the-Beaten Path Summer Vacation Destinations

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 24, 2023

According to recent research, 95% of Americans plan to travel this year. Over 65% will travel domestically, hitting popular summer destinations within the good old U.S. of A. No matter how you do the math, it adds up to a lot of travelers hitting the top destinations, such as Las Vegas, Orlando and Disney World. … Read more

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Dover Stone Church, Our Gateway to New York’s Abandoned History

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 22, 2023

As the fall laid down a blanket of leaves and blazed in glorious colors, it seemed a strange time to leave New England, but New York state is a magnificent bastion of historical references all rolled into one endless sweep of stunning terrain. And it’s just over the Connecticut border, where a place called Dover … Read more

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