New England’s natural beauty and outdoor recreation may be well known, but this region boasts some of the nation’s best Urban Excitement opportunities, from world class dining to big city fun.
Day 1 — Massachusetts
With 4.5 million residents, Greater Boston is the oldest and largest city in New England. Your first stop to experience Boston’s unique urban culture is at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Built in the 1700s, this location is where Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market are all located. With 49 shops, 18 restaurants and pubs, 35 Colonnade eateries and 44 pushcarts in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, it is a premier urban destination in the U.S.
Next, it’s off to the New England Aquarium, one of the best aquariums in the country to see and learn about thousands of animals. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is truly incredible and should not be missed. It is home to an extensive collection of great works from ancient Egypt to contemporary masterpieces.
Day 2 — New Hampshire
Portsmouth’s brewery scene is hot and provides a great way to cool down on a summer day. Take a brewery tour and sample the area’s finest beers while enjoying the sights of the city. Check out Prescott Park, a waterfront park that hosts incredible events like the Prescott Park Arts Festival, where dozens of outdoor concerts are held each summer. It was voted the region’s “Best City Park” in 2014.
Day 3 — Maine
Portland is Maine’s largest city but it hasn’t lost its quaint charm. Downtown and along the cobblestone streets of The Old Port, visitors can easily walk from shops to every sort of restaurant imaginable. Foodies and beer fanatics alike will delight in all this city has to offer. Try a culinary walking tour or hop on the Maine Brew Bus to sample the city’s wares. Another way to explore the city and learn about the past is on a Historical Walking Tour — you can visit Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s childhood home and learn about the city’s historic waterfront.
Day 4 — Connecticut
There is a lot to do in Hartford — there are numerous historical sites, including Mark Twain’s house and Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, so if history is your passion, feel free to explore all day. Enjoy a fantastic public space as you stroll along the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza or hop on a river cruise of the Connecticut River. Stop by Real Art Ways to see an indie, foreign or quirky film, or to see a cultural event. Downtown Hartford is chock full of excellent dining options so find a great spot to wind down at the end of a busy day.
Day 5 — Rhode Island
Providence is home to Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design so this busy city has a relaxed college town vibe. See if there is a WaterFire display when you’re in town — this art installation is held up to a dozen times a year and more than eighty braziers are lit from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on the rivers in an incredible display.