It's summer time and everyone wants to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. New England is gorgeous in the summer, but where should you go on your precious weekends?
We've done the research and these are our top 5 picks for New England cities to visit this summer.
5. Portsmouth, NH
Coming in at number 5 on our list, Portsmouth is a beautiful city on nestled on New Hampshire's few miles of coastline. While it may be small (boasting only 21,000 residents), Portsmouth is New Hampshire's largest city and it packs quite the punch for it's size. Portsmouth has a rich history and an excellent local food scene. It's also the home to 5 different breweries for those looking to enjoy a nice pint.
4. Burlington, VT
Forty miles from the Canadian border on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlaign lies a real New England treasure. Burlington, VT is home to the University of Vermont, Champlaign College and a few smaller universities and colleges. These educational institutions and their student bodies have brought a level of sophistication and culture to this city that you might not expect to find so far from everything else. Foodies and beer snobs alike will find much to celebrate in Burlington, and if you're looking to get outside the lake is perfect for all of your waterfront needs. There are 2 state forests within 40 minutes and if you want to come back in the winter skiing is close as well.
3. Portland, ME
No list of beautiful New England cities would be complete without this charming coastal city. With a population close to 70,000, it's Maine's largest city and it's been a summer destination for a long time. The Maine license plates don't say "Vacationland" for no reason. Portland offers access to a cute shopping district, amazing restaurants and the famous "Old Port" area where you can see the local catch coming into the docks. Portland also contains one of the state's few Meaderies, where you can sample and buy Mead made on the premises. It's worth the trip!
2. Newport, RI
Once the summer destination of famous financiers and Robber Barrons, Newport RI is still an amazing place to visit. Home to The Mansions and the famous Cliff Walk, Newport is still a place to see and be seen. Newport is home to fine dining, lobster shacks and an impressive night life. Not bad for a city of 25,000 residents. Be sure to check out the beautiful beaches or do some sailing while you're there. If you want to get out and see Rhode Island for the day, you'll only need an hour to get anywhere in the state so it shouldn't be a problem.
1. Boston, MA
Boston has something for everyone. Fabulous restaurants, top universities, easy access to many of the other cities on this list and a host of other things make this our top choice. If there are any sports fans in your party, Boston really can't be beat. Catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park (even if you're a hater, Fenway is worth seeing) or make your way over to TD Garden to see the Bruins or Celtics. If you run out of things to do or see in Boston you can always meander over to Cambridge to see Harvard and MIT.
The rich history of the city provides much to see for the history buffs and a variety of ways to see it. Boston has a number of tour operations, so consider a duck tour, segway tour, walking tour or maybe even a bike tour if you're looking for a bit of adventure.
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