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New England, the birthplace of the nation and the smallest region in the United States, has a strong historic and cultural identity. The early English Pilgrim Fathers, Puritans fleeing religious persecution in Europe, unknowingly founded the future United States when they landed here.
Boston, New England’s flagship city, is an economic, cultural and academic hub whose history is linked to several important struggles for freedom such as the American Revolution and the abolition of slavery. The region has also produced major writers including Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and Melville.
New England is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Americans, who enjoy its charming wooden houses, white churches, old lighthouses, vast beaches (such as the ones in New Hampshire), and the famous islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Cape Cod.
Americans flock to Vermont in the autumn to see the maple trees and the flamboyantly coloured foliage. It is also a place to explore one of the few remaining General Stores, traditional country shops where household goods, farm clothes and dry goods are sold.
And don’t forget to sample some of the area’s gastronomic specialities such as Rhode Island clam chowder, Narragansett clams steamed over hot stones, New Hampshire blueberry pie and Maine lobster.

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New England : Must-see towns and regions

  • Boston

    Once a hotbed of American independence, modern Boston is today a renowned center of learning and culture as well as New England's administrative and financial nexus. Hub of a sprawling and culturally ...

  • Cambridge

    Situated along the banks of the Charles River across from Boston, Cambridge is the home of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both highly renowned institutions of ...

  • Gloucester

    The oldest seaport in the nation, Gloucester is one of the world's leading fishing ports. The fishermen who live and work here bringing in cod, halibut and mackerel, remain devoted to their traditions...

  • Providence

    The capital of Rhode Island and New England's third-largest city, Providence lies on a natural harbor at the head of Narragansett Bay. Renowned Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design a...

  • Salem

    This seaport town on the Massachusetts coast is a bustling and pleasant community where historic districts adjoin industrial sites. Sights related to the 17C hysteria generated by a fear of witchcraft...

  • Portland

    Maine's largest city is located on Casco Bay, known for its picturesque Calendar Islands. The city is an important oil and fishing port and the financial, cultural and commercial center of northern Ne...

  • Portsmouth

    Portsmouth is a small city on the Banks of the Piscataqua River, New Hampshire's only seaport and the colonial capital until 1808, when the seat of government was moved to Concord. A number of Portsmo...

  • Provincetown

    Extending to the top of Cape Cod, Provincetown, or "P-town," as it is known locally, combines elements of a fishing village, artists' colony and resort. During the summer the town bustles with visitor...

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