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The scenic landscape of Maine's Acadia National Park in fall

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New England is known for its mountain vistas, expansive parks and Atlantic Ocean coastline.

Explore the pristine outdoors and quaint towns in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Learn the stories behind historical sites, breathe in the fresh mountain air on an easy hike, and feel the ocean breeze along a scenic road. You’ll find an abundance of ways to experience New England.

Stroll Mystic, Connecticut

Visit the Mystic Seaport to find out what life was like in a 19th-century whaling village. See historic vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, the world's last wooden whaler, and the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine. Join a sightseeing boat tour to admire the picturesque Mystic River and New England architecture. See marine life, including sea lions and beluga whales, at the Mystic Aquarium. Stroll along Main Street to sample fresh local seafood and browse a variety of art galleries and boutiques.

The Charles W. Morgan docked at Mystic Seaport

The Charles W. Morgan docked at Mystic Seaport
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Hike and Bike Acadia National Park, Maine

You’ll be in awe the entire time you are at Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine near Bar Harbor. The stunning scenery in the 19,020-hectare park includes the peak of Cadillac Mountain, thick forests and the rugged Atlantic Ocean coastline. About 204 kilometers of hiking trails offer opportunities to see birds, moose, coyotes and other wildlife. Bike 92 kilometers of carriage roads, or drive the scenic 43-kilomter Park Loop Road. The nearby town of Bar Harbor offers lodging, shopping and dining. Learn about local history at the Abbe Museum, and take a boat trip to watch whales.

A park Ranger and a hiker stop to admire the views in Acadia National Park

A park Ranger and a hiker stop to admire the views in Acadia National Park
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Mountain Wonders in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire

One of the jewels of New Hampshire is Franconia Notch State Park in White Mountain National Forest. Travel on Interstate 93 for 13 kilometers through the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges from Flume Gorge to Echo Lake. Stop to ride the Cannon Mountain aerial tramway, swim at Echo Lake, fish at Profile Lake and see the waterfall at the Basin. Hike and bike picturesque trails throughout the park. Visit the New England Ski Museum, and stay overnight in the Lafayette Place Campground or Cannon Mountain RV Park. For winter excitement, try skiing and snowboarding from late November to mid-April.

A backpacker hiking the rustic trails of Franconia Notch State Park

A backpacker hiking the rustic trails of Franconia Notch State Park
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Sailing in Newport, Rhode Island

Sailing has been a cultural hallmark for commerce, sport and pleasure in Newport – in the charming and compact state of Rhode Island – since its founding in 1639. Today, various world-class sailing events take place throughout the year through nine local yacht clubs and Sail Newport, a public sailing center. Among the local, national and international sailing events are the Olympic qualifiers, the Newport Bermuda Race, America's Cup World Series and U.S. Para Sailing Championships. Watch the races or rent a boat and enjoy quiet time along the beautiful coastline.

Sailboats anchored around Newport Harbor

Sailboats anchored around Newport Harbor
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Hiking in Vermont

If you want to enjoy nature's pristine beauty, plan on hiking easy, forested trails in Vermont. Popular treks include a 2.72-kilometer round-trip at Mount Olga in Molly Stark State Park, Wilmington, where a fire tower provides 360-degree views of southern Vermont and northern Massachusetts. At Mount Independence in Orwell, follow a 4.6-kilometer loop in the state historic site named after soldiers stationed there in 1776; see Lake Champlain and the Fort Ticonderoga archaeological site. Take a 3.2-kilometer trek at Mount Philo State Park in Charlotte in the Champlain Valley; the maple trees are absolutely beautiful in the fall.

The leaves of the maple trees in Mount Philo State Park turn red, yellow and orange in the fall

The leaves of the maple trees in Mount Philo State Park turn red, yellow and orange in the fall
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