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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.

"New England is quite as large a lump of earth as
my heart can really take in.
- Nathanial Hawthorne

New England Trips & Getaways

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

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 17, 2023 | 6 Comments

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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Sad Tales, Historic Remains: Lovers Leap State Park in Connecticut

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 16, 2023 | 2 Comments

Many of New England’s hikes blend history with the modern day, but few do it as seamlessly as the trails at Lovers Leap State Park in Connecticut. Explore history against the modern backdrop of the state’s rural New Milford countryside and learn a thing or two about local legends. It’s up to you to decide … Read more

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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 | 0 Comments

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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New England Fall Color, Incredible Ways to Enjoy the Season

By Kathleen Hesketh | September 26, 2021 | 1 Comment

When it comes to autumn spectacles, New England fall color is unbeatable. While many areas of the country sport their most dazzling displays in autumn, few come close to creating the same majesty as the tiny northeastern states. However, if you think we’re just being biased, why not put our claim to the test, and … Read more

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New England Getaways & Travel Tips

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Rock House Reservation: Visit Massachusetts’ Slot Canyon

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A Former Stage Actor Builds Gillette Castle in Connecticut, Hides Its Secrets for Years

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Dismal Brook Wildlife Preserve in Connecticut Is a Small Hike with Big Surprises

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Heublein Tower Hike: Views Atop the Talcott Ridge

By Ali Patton | May 6, 2020
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Budweiser Brewery Tour Merrimack, NH: A Non-Drinker’s View

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Travel Back in Time to a National Park You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

By Ali Patton | March 9, 2020
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Submerged at Submarine Force Museum in Connecticut

By Ali Patton | February 26, 2020
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Go Kart Racing In Connecticut – Thrill on the World’s Largest Indoor Track

By Kathleen Hesketh | February 9, 2020
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Abandoned Becket Quarry, the Land that Time Forgot

By Kathleen Hesketh | February 4, 2020
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Fort Wetherill State Park: Exploring Semi-Secret Tunnels and Other Things You Can’t Imagine

By Ali Patton | January 23, 2020
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Abandoned Brenton Point State Park: Searching Historical Remains of The Reef for Clues to the Present

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 19, 2020
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Seeking the Abandoned Ruins of Hearthstone Castle

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 15, 2020
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UTV Connecticut: High-Adrenaline Excitement in the Litchfield Hills with Backyard Adventures

By Kathleen Hesketh | December 18, 2019
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Want to Pet a Kangaroo? Try Animal Adventures in Bolton, MA

By Ali Patton | October 23, 2019
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Copake Iron Works–Blasting into the Past: A Seconds to Go Short

By Kathleen Hesketh | May 25, 2019
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Shhhh… Listen! Do You Hear The Sound Of Bash Bish Falls?

By Kathleen Hesketh | May 16, 2019
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The Secrets Surrounding Chatfield Hollow State Park

By Ali Patton | May 9, 2019
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Seaside Sanatorium—Vanquishing New England's Vampire Epidemic

By Kathleen Hesketh | April 24, 2019
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Meet a Dinosaur “Mutt” at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 4, 2019
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Hiking Case Mountain in Manchester, Connecticut

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 1, 2019
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Duckpin Bowling in Connecticut: Do It While You Can

By Kathleen Hesketh | February 6, 2019
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Ice Glen Trail, Like Ireland in the Berkshires

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 27, 2019
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