The history of New England is the history of America. It’s the Pilgrims who came ashore at Plymouth Rock, the Minutemen who fought for independence from Britain, and the abolitionists who challenged America’s legacy of slavery. It’s the ponderings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and the protests of Harriet Beecher Stowe. It’s hundreds of years of poets and philosophers: progressive thinkers who dared to dream and dared to do. It’s liberty-loving citizens not afraid to challenge the status quo, as well as generations of immigrants, who have shaped New England into the dynamic region that it is today.
Hikers, bikers, kayakers and skiers all find their bliss among the rolling hills and rocky peaks of the ancient Appalachian range – from Massachusetts’ birch-covered Berkshires and Vermont’s lush Green Mountains to the towering White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine. Some of America’s prettiest inland lakes and nearly 5000 miles of coastline mean that New Englanders have unlimited opportunities for fishing, swimming, surfing, sailing and sunbathing. So pack your sunglasses and your sunblock and settle in for some quality time by the lakeside or the Atlantic shore.
At the cutting edge of culture, New England is home to exciting, experimental contemporary-art venues, as well as myriad traditional art museums. Indie bands rock out in Boston, Portland, Providence and Burlington. The world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra takes its show on the road in summer, delighting audiences in Tanglewood. Meanwhile, there are blues jams in Maine, folk festivals in Newport and Lowell, theatre productions in the Berkshires, puppet shows in Vermont’s the Northeast Kingdom and classical music in Rockport. Concert series, film festivals and countless other performances mean the cultural calendar is jam-packed.