Wondering what to do on vacation in the Northeast US?
The northeast region of the United States is sure a beautiful place to go on vacation to experience a multitude of attractions. A few that come to mind include seeing the Niagara Falls, climbing the Statue of Liberty, walking the Freedom Trail, gambling in Atlantic City's casinos, taking a witch tour in Salem and visiting the famous Shelburne Museum.
A few other things to do in the northeast US that you'd want to add to any itinerary include:
Experience the battlefields of Gettysburg
If you’re a Civil War buff, one thing you won’t want to miss doing in the region is visiting Gettysburg National Military Park, which is one of the top historic sites to see in the northeast of the United States. You can explore Gettysburg’s battlefields on a self-guided tour by picking up a free brochure or buying an audio CD from the park’s visitor’s center.
However, the best way to see Gettysburg battlefield is by booking a guided tour of some kind. The bus tour (costs around $20) is a popular way to see the battlefield, though you can also hire an official tour guide from the visitor’s center for around $40.
Other fun ways to explore the battlefields of Gettysburg include booking a segway tour (with Seg Tours), a bike tour (with Gettys Bike Tours) or horseback tour (with Confederate Trails).
See a Broadway show in The City
Ice-skating in Central Park, visiting the Met Museum of Art and climbing to the “Top of the Rocks” observation deck are some of the attractions NYC's known for, though that's just the tip of the iceberg!
One of the must things to do in the northeast US is seeing a Broadway musical such as Chicago, Mamma Mia, Wicked, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Jersey Boys and Blue Man Group, which are no doubt the most popular Broadway plays in New York.
By the way, don’t let the price of Broadway tickets put you off. It’s true that seeing a Broadway show can be expensive but you can always get cheap Broadway tickets with excellent seats at heavily discounted price from the TKTS ticket booth at Duffy Square.
Sail the historic Mystic River
Being able to get out on the water is certainly one of the joys of traveling and while you’re in the northeast of US you can’t pass the opportunity to visit the historic maritime city of Mystic and the Seaport, which is a wonderful replica of a 19th century seafaring village.
Mystic Seaport offers a cool opportunity to climb old whaling ships and riding onboard historic boats. From Mystic Seaport’s Boathouse rentals, you can rent small wooden row and sail boats for as little as $10 all year round. However, you’ll have the ultimate experience when chartering a traditional 62-foot schooner with billowing sails during the Wooden Boat Show (June 29-July 1).
Hop on board a Boston’s Duck
By far, one of the coolest things to do in the northeast US have to be taking a ride on a “Boston Duck” and touring the city of Boston. Sure enough, there are many ways to go about exploring Boston but none are more fun than touring Boston on board a WWII-style amphibious vehicle.
The Boston Duck is great fun for the day and offers the best way to see Boston’s landmarks and beautiful skyline along the Charles River.
Drive along the most scenic highway in US
Like many travelers will tell you, there’s no better time to visit the northeast of US than in the autumn months. During the autumn, there’s be fewer crowds, the weather is pleasant and you’ll be able to enjoy a ton outdoor activities like hiking, biking and fall foliage tours.
If you’re planning a fall foliage trip to the northeast region, one of the nicest ways to see it is on the road. The northeast region boasts hundreds of beautiful roads and scenic routes you can drive such as Park Loop Road in Maine.
However, driving in New England doesn’t get more scenic than along the Kancamagus Highway in North Conway (New Hampshire). This scenic drive runs through the White Mountain national forest and boast many overlooks such as Sugar Hills that offer great photo opportunities.
Whale watching tour along the coast of Massachusetts
Whale watching is without a doubt, one of the best things to do in the northeast US when traveling between the months of April and October. There are dozens of places where you can enjoy a whale watching experience such as Portland ME, Portsmouth NH, Cape May NJ, Cape Cod Mass CT.
Having said, the coast of Massachusetts is unarguably the best place for whale watching on the east coast. Places like Gloucester and Provincetown in Cape Cod offer the best opportunities for whale watching trips in the northeast of US.
There are several whale watching companies operating in those areas such as Cape Ann Whale Watch, 7 Seas Whale Watch and Whale Watch Provincetown. These tour operators offer similar whale watching trips and the guarantee of a return ticket if you don’t get to spot any whales.
Catch the sunset/sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain
Climbing the top of Cadillac Mountain is no doubt, one of the must do things in the northeast US. You really can’t say you’ve been to the northeast region unless you’ve been to the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.
You can reach the top of Cadillac Mountain by driving, biking and hiking. Whichever way you choose, be sure you do it in the early morning or late afternoon. At sunrise and sunset, you truly get the most magical views ever of Frenchmans Bay and the Porcupine Islands!
Ride the best bike path in Northeast US
If you’re looking for more outdoor things to do during your trip to the northeast US, be sure you visit the beautiful mountain town of Stowe. The town is home to Recreation Path, which is a stunning 12-mile roundtrip bicycle path that runs through the heart of the charming mountain town of Stowe in Vermont.
Recreation Path offers beautiful views of farms and covered bridges along the way, and being so flat it’s so easy to ride that even little kids won’t have any troubles keeping up.
By the way, even if you aren’t bringing your own bikes, you’ll be able to rent bikes in Stowe from places like the Nordic Barn and AJ’s Sporting Goods for less than $30 for the day.
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