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New England’s top 5 cities

[ 0 ] August 6, 2013 |

New England is a fantastic part of the US for a holiday – and it’s also a particularly convenient one if you’re planning a shorter break, since it’s only around a seven-hour flight from the UK. While the region is very well known for its stunning scenery and challenging walks, it’s also home to its fair share of amazing cities. Today, I’ll be introducing you to some of the best.


Being the most historic city in the US, Boston is the ultimate city to visit in New England. Plus, it’s also a good base for exploring several of region’s other top metropolises – especially if you arrange a fly-drive holiday through a company like Bon Voyage. Having your own vehicle makes it blissfully simple to head to places like Cambridge (15 minutes’ drive from Boston) and Portland (under two hours’ drive).

There are many things I love about Boston, with its history probably being the number one thing most travellers come here to discover. In fact, every time you turn a corner you seem to stumble across something new, from the wonderful Faneuil Hall Marketplace where you can shop, eat great food and see some of the world’s best street performers in action, to Boston Latin School. Four signers of the Declaration of Independence attended this establishment, so it’s easy to see why it’s such an important heritage site.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace at Dusk


Next on my list is Portland, Maine. This is the largest city in the state and it’s got a reputation for being lively and colourful. What makes me so enamoured with Portland is how old and new sit side by side here, with the historic Old Port section of the city being home to charming cobblestone streets and a working waterfront.

I also love the fact that it’s got such a vibrant art scene, especially in the downtown area. I recommend coming here on the first Friday of the month if you can, as this is when the First Friday Art Walk takes place. Running from 17:00 to 20:00 local time, this event sees many of the local art galleries opening their doors to visitors, as well as up-and-coming artists setting up stalls on the streets.

In the Old Port, Portland, Maine, 16 Nov. 2008


Up next we have Cambridge, which is located over the Charles River just north of Boston. Again, this city has quite a historical feel, but for me one of the most interesting things about it is its wonderful squares. These have quite a European ambience, often buzzing with boutiques and cafes; as you’d expect, these are great for people watching. If you decide to go to just one, make it Harvard Square, which has a reputation for its trendy shops.


Manchester in New Hampshire might be best known as a business hub, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing for tourists to do here. In fact, this city is a great place to visit if you want your holiday to feature a mix of urban attractions and a few of New Hampshire’s famous rail trails. For instance, Manchester is the perfect gateway to the 26-mile Rockingham Recreational Trail, which runs between Massabesic Lake and Great Bay. Wonderfully scenic, this route is perfect for both hiking and cycling, and you can always just tackle a small section if you’re not looking for anything too strenuous.


My final suggestion is Stamford, Connecticut. This city has quite a laidback feel and is home to a cluster of pretty beaches and green spaces. What’s more, like several of the destinations I’ve mentioned above, it’s got some lovely historical attractions, including the beautiful Stamford Old Town Hall, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. In terms of beaches, head up to Shippen Point to find four small stretches of sand that are usually crowd-free.

Cove Island Park.3

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