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Each year the crisp and colorful fall colors lure travelers from around the globe for a New England vacation. The six US states that make up New England include Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Perfectly planned New England fall vacations feature a good balance of historic and local sightseeing, reveling in the mid-Atlantic fall colors, the incredible scenery, and relaxing in posh New England hotels.

New England Things to Do

Rich in American history and heritage, these north-eastern US coastal states offer much to experience for tourists on a New England vacation:

  • Visit Boston, the “Cradle of Liberty” and follow the route taken by Paul Revere.
  • Visit the Battle Green, where the American Revolution officially started with a single “shot heard around the world.
  • Visit John F. Kennedy’s summer ‘white house’ in Hyannis, near Cape Cod.
  • Walk down the historical streets of Edgartown, lined with exquisite Colonial homes.
  • Tour the 70 room Vanderbilt summer cottage known as “The Breakers” in Rhode Island.
  • Admire paintings at the Norman Rockwell Museum near the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts, and walk through Norman Rockwell’s artist studio that has been left virtually untouched.
  • Check in to the town of Woodstock, Vermont, otherwise known as the “prettiest small town in America.”
  • Savor a truly authentic lobster dinner in Portland, Maine, along the Atlantic coast.

Popular New England Vacation Sights

While on your New England vacation, you cannot miss out on the most popular, must-see New England destinations, such as:

Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts: Studied by children in history classes across the United States, Plymouth Rock is a symbol of the first Pilgrims to land in America in 1620. Park guides and interpreters are on hand to answer any questions about this historical part of our United States history.

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts: This island is full of natural beauty, unsoiled beaches and clay cliffs, which boast of a timeless element that lures visitors to return time and again. The charm and character of Martha’s Vineyard, the island named after a European sailor’s daughter, attracts artists, poets, and singers as well as celebrities and tourists.

Newport, Rhode Island: Home to Newport Colonial Mansions and known as the sailing capital of the world. Newport’s top sights include the famous Vanderbilt Summer Cottage, the 400 Club’s mansion, and St. Mary’s church, where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier wed.

Caravan’s New England Vacations

Enjoy a fully escorted New England Vacation by Caravan Tours. These all inclusive tours loop through all six New England states along the northern East Coast of the United States.

Included in New England vacation are stops at most of the destinations mentioned in this article.

Visit Caravan’s New England Tour Reviews page to read experiences by fellow travelers on this fully escorted, all-inclusive fall colors tour of New England by Caravan Tours or call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826)

What are the top 3 Maine vacation attractions?

Unofficially titled “Vacationland,” Maine USA is best visited during the crisp autumn months when fall foliage tours are popular and the landscape turns to all kinds of magnificent hues of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. Fall colors tours in Maine are also great when coastal villages are serving up fresh seafood, including the sweetest lobster in the world.

The Top 3 Maine vacation attractions include:

  1. Portland ME
  2. Lakes and Mountains region
  3. Kennebunkport ME

A vacation in Maine is not complete without spending a few hours in picture-perfect Portland ME, or driving through Maine’s popular regions for natural Lakes & Mountains. We also recommend taking a day or two to enjoy the old world fishing village of Kennebunkport, Maine.

Portland, ME – Ranked 4th In Top 10 Perfect Places to Live in America

The city of Portland is the first of our Maine vacation attractions. It is built on a peninsula extending into the Casco Bay. While it is considered a modern urban center, Portland ME still clings to its old historic character.

Portland ME maintains its “small town feel” through its collection of historic buildings, breathtaking setting, and its traditional waterfront district. The remarkable architecture and cobblestone streets of the “Old Port” bring both Maine vacationers and residents back in time to the old Atlantic seaside fishing village.

While vacationing in Portland ME, it will quickly become evident why this New England city is named one of the ten safest, most culturally fascinating cities in the US, and furthermore, why it’s among the 10 most perfect places to live in America. Each year over 3.6 million tourists visit the city to enjoy its lively ‘yesteryear’ charm.

Maine’s Lakes & Mountains Region

New England’s Maine is spotted with hundreds of glacial lakes in an area known as the Lakes and Mountains Region, our 2nd on the list of Maine vacation attractions. This region offers activities plenty of things to see and do year round, with a display of brilliant fall colors come autumn.

The Scenic Byway gives visitors some of the best views of New England’s fall foliage during peak season, when guided New England fall foliage tours are abundant. There are also six covered bridges in the area that were originally built in the late 1800’s (and early 1900’s) as a path for horse drawn carriages to cross rivers without the threat of being carried away downstream. Each of the six Maine covered bridges offers remarkable photo opportunities.

Kennebunkport Maine

Dubbed as the “Place to Be All Year,” Kennebunkport is our 3rd pick for Maine vacation attractions. This is a small seaside community located on the Southern tip of Maine, New England, just 90 miles north of Boston. Like Portland ME, Kennebunkport also maintains Maine’s old world fishing village feel. Lobstermen still power the Atlantic waters and bring to shore some of the best tasting, sweetest lobster in the world. A number of seaside restaurants serve up fresh seafood delicacies for Maine vacationers and locals to enjoy. A walk along Ocean Avenue past President Bush’s summer home is the perfect way to spend a couple hours in Kennebunkport, ME.

Maine Vacation Attractions Are Part of New England Fall Tours

Caravan has been offering fully guided tours since 1952. New England fall foliage tours by Caravan include traveling along Maine’s rocky Atlantic coast with a stop in Portland ME, and a one-night stay in Kennebunkport at the Nonantum Resort.

These fully escorted, all inclusive Maine vacations are offered between May and October with peak fall foliage tour times in September and October. Caravan’s New England’s fall foliage tour also includes some of the top things to do in Massachusetts like Martha’s Vineyard and Plymouth Rock. Call Caravan Tours at 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) for more info or to book a tour.