Northeast U.S.

Welcome to the Ultimate Northeast United States Travel Guide!

This region consists of these states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington D.C. The states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are commonly known as New England.

The Northeast United States is known for the Adirondack Mountains, Martha’s Vineyard, Niagra Falls, the historic cities of Philadelphia, Boston, and New York City, and for being the epicenter of the Revolutionary War.

Whatever kind of adventure you want to have here, this guide has everything you need for planning a trip!

Ready to plan your trip? Then here’s your ultimate Northeast United States travel guide!

Top Cities to Visit

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Boston, Massachusetts

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Montpellier, Vermont

Newport, Rhode Island

New York City

Ocean City, Maryland

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Portland, Maine

Washington, D.C.

When To Go


Fall is the best time to visit the Northeast. Temperatures are cool, there are no school breaks during these months, so crowds will be less, and the fiery-colored fall foliage will take your breath away.

The days will be mild, and you’ll want a layer for the mornings and evenings. In late-October and November, you’ll need warmer layers for the whole day. The ocean and lakes will be very cold, so be prepared for water temperatures if you want to swim.

New England is one of my Top Destinations To Visit In October!

Winter is also a great time to visit the Northeast. You’ll have your pick of snow sports throughout the entire region at renowned ski resorts such as Killington, Stowe, and Whiteface Mountain.

I consider these snow resorts to be some of the Best Destinations To Visit In February!

The holidays are an excellent time to experience the Northeast U.S. but be prepared for higher prices and tourist numbers around Christmas and New Year’s. Make sure you bring lots of layers for warmth and to have dry clothes for when you get wet.


This is a fantastic season to visit because wildflowers will start to bloom, and lush foliage will have returned to the forests. The weather can still be cold in the evenings and mornings in March and early April, so make sure you have layers.

Spring is a great time to visit the famous cities and popular spots before the summer crowds descend. To steer clear of the higher prices and crowds, avoid popular Spring break weeks from mid-March to early April.

New York City is one of the Best Destinations To Visit In May!

Summer will be much cooler than in other parts of the U.S., but you’ll still want shorts, short sleeves, and swimsuits. Like most places in the U.S., summer is the peak travel season because of school breaks, so crowds and prices will be at their highest.

New England’s beaches are particularly popular in the summer, so book your accommodation in advance if you want a view of the ocean.


The Most Scenic Drives

Connecticut’s National Scenic Byway

Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire

Mohawk Trail in Western Massachusetts

Route 28 through the Adirondacks

State Route 97 along the Upper Delaware River Valley

The Vermont Shore along Lake Champlain


Best National & State Parks to Visit

Acadia National Park, Maine

Baxter State Park, Maine

Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts

Goddard Memorial State Park, Rhode Island

Letchworth State Park, New York

Mount Washington State Park, New Hampshire

Smugglers’ Notch State Park, Vermont

Walden Pond State Reserve, Massachusetts

My Must-Have Guide Books

Must-Do Excursions

Visit Niagara Falls

See the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia

Hike in the Adirondack Mountains

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

See a Broadway Show

Visit at least one of these top Northeast U.S. wineries

Tour Cape Cod

Visit the Portland Head Light in Maine


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Local Foods To Try

Boston Cream Pie

Clam Chowder

Irish Boiled Dinner

Lobster Rolls

Lobster Stew

Maryland Crab Cakes

New York Cheesecake

New York Pizza

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

Vermont Maple Float

Have you been to this region? Comment below with anything you’d add to this Northeast United States travel guide!

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This travel guide is not a sponsored post, and, as always, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Some of the links in this guide are affiliate links, and, at no cost to you, I may earn a small commission.


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