US Map Series: Part 4 – Northeast

AurTravel is continuing our road trip across the U.S. with the Northeast. Full of beautiful scenery, seafood, and so much history, the Northeast is the perfect destination.

Maine: “Discover Your Maine Thing”
You can’t visit Maine without experiencing some top notch lobster dishes. The Maine coastline has the perfect conditions for these little crustaceans so you’re sure to have the freshest there is. And because lobster is what they’re known for, you’ll find no shortage or variation of dishes, so make sure you try as many as you can. But if seafood’s not your thing, you can always book a Lobster Boat Tour to see the other side of things. Make sure to book your trip in the summer to get the freshest and largest catches.

Massachusetts: “It’s All Here”
Being one of the 13 original colonies, Massachusetts is filled with so much history. You’ll definitely want to book a tour with Old Town Trolley Tours for a live narrated tour and see sites like the USS Constitution and Museum, Cambridge, MIT, and Harvard, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, and so many more. Or if you want something a little more macabre, check out Ghosts & Gravestones of Boston, a tour guided by the undead to show you some of the creepiest haunts in Boston.

Rhode Island: “The Ocean State”
Rhode Island may be the smallest state in our country, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have plenty to offer. One of the state’s greatest hidden gems is Block Island. Just a short ferry ride from the mainland, this little island is filled with so much to see and explore. There are no chain stores on the island, so there are tons of great restaurants for foodies to experience.  And you’ll definitely want to rent a bike or moped so you can explore even more of the island’s beautiful coasts and cliffs.

Connecticut: “Still Revolutionary”
If you’re a lover of words, Connecticut has some pretty interesting literary history. Visit the birthplace of Noah Webster in West Hartford. If you’re not sure who that is, just think of a dictionary and that might give you a clue. After that, head over to Hartford to visit the 25-room Victorian Gothic mansion of Mark Twain. You can explore the billiard room where he actually penned The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

New Hampshire: “Live Free or Die”
If you’re a sugar lover (raises hand) you’ll definitely want to visit New Hampshire in March during New Hampshire Maple Month. Over 90 sugarhouses offer tours and classes to teach people the maple-sugaring process. They offer tastings, horse-drawn carriage rides, pancake breakfasts, and some will even teach you how to make old-fashioned sugar-on-snow! Where do I sign?

Vermont: “Vermont, Naturally”
Speaking of sugar, a tour of the Ben & Jerry’s Factory should definitely be on your to-do list when vising Vermont. The factory is located in Waterbury and they’re open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The guided tours take about 30 minutes and tend to be a little busier in the summer time. It’s first come, first serve so make sure you plan accordingly. If you don’t have time for the whole guided tour, you can always stop in for a quick look around and a milkshake to go.

New York: “I      NY”
When most people think of New York, their minds automatically go to NYC! But New York has a lot more going on than just the Big Apple. Visit America’s first state park, Niagara Falls State Park and take a ride on the Maid of the Mist. Or if you’re looking for a little more of an outdoor adventure, take a trip up to the Catskills or the Adirondacks to see some of the most beautiful snow covered mountains. Both are dream skiing locations so make sure you pack your goggles.

Pennsylvania: “Pursue Your Happiness”
Pennsylvania has some of the darkest skies on the eastern seaboard, which makes it one of the most ideal locations to stargaze. Whether you’re an expert or a novice, you’ll want to check out Cherry Springs State Park in Coudersport, PA. If you’re new to the stargazing thing, you’ll want to book your stay sometime between May and September because they offer guided tours in the camping area to help you get a better grasp on the Milky Way.

New Jersey: “The Garden State”
One of New Jersey’s top tourist destinations is Atlantic City. With tons of nightlife, shopping, and casinos to keep you occupied, you may not even realize that there is so much more that Atlantic City has to offer. Take a tour of one of the oldest lighthouses in the country, Absecon Lighthouse or ride The Wheel at Steel Pier to see some of the most amazing views. And you definitely don’t forget about the iconic salt water taffy from James Candy Company.

Delaware: “Endless Discoveries”
If you’re interested in historic architecture, Delaware has some pretty stately gems. The DuPont Mansions located in “Chateau Country” are some of the most popular attractions. There are three that you’ll want to visit; Nemours Estate (which was modeled after Versailles) is filled with authentic 18th century French furniture; Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library is a 175 room mansion that is surrounded by some of the most meticulously cared for gardens where you can take an open tram car tour; and Hagley Museum and Library is where the original DuPont family home and gardens still stand.

Maryland: “More than You Can Imagine”
U.S. history lovers from all over love to visit Fort McHenry, the birthplace of the National Anthem. Located in Baltimore, the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is a must-see. Make sure to visit in September during the Defender’s Day Celebration to see some living history demonstrations, concerts, and an unforgettable fireworks display.

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or a nature lover, there is something for everyone to enjoy in any of the Northeastern states. Give AurTravel a call at 402.891-6909 and let us help you plan your next adventure!

 

 

Rebekah Swerczek, AurTravelGrowing up in a small Texas town, Rebekah always had the desire to travel and discover as much of the world as possible. After high school, she took her chance. Rebekah joined a performing arts group based out of southern California called The Young Americans. She had the opportunity to perform, teach, and mentor young kids all around the world. With this group Rebekah was able to travel to 11 different countries. She also met her husband while performing with this group and eventually they settled down in Nebraska, but they still love to travel together any chance they get. So far their favorite places are Riviera Maya, Mexico and Northern Michigan, but they still have a few big ticket bucket list items they’d like to mark off their list including: New Zealand, Hawaii, and Scotland. Rebekah is also a huge animal lover and an avid Harry Potter fan. She is the newest addition to the AurTravel team and so happy to be here.

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