New England Facts and Travel Tips
General information about traveling in New England
Tucked away in the northeastern USA and known for its spectacular coastlines, majestic mountains, diverse culture and distinct seasons, the New England region of the USA is perfect for year-round travel. Discover New England represents five unique states: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire. All provide a wealth of activities to enjoy throughout the year. Stroll on the beach during the summer, ski during the winter, and wander cities and towns while you explore the USA’s majestic northeast.
For non-U.S. citizens traveling to the United States, a passport is required upon arrival. Depending on your travel circumstances, a visa may also be required. Learn more about general entry into the USA here.
Peak travel seasons for New England are summer and fall. Summer season runs from late May to August, with Memorial Day and Labor Day driving the crowds. During the autumn, fall foliage season runs from September to early November, attracting visitors from around the world seeking views of the fall leaves.
New England is known for having four distinct seasons. Keep in mind weather conditions can change quickly. Travelers should prepare for cooler weather conditions, especially when staying in the more mountainous regions versus the coast. Temperatures can range from as low as -6 degrees Celsius (21 degrees Fahrenheit) during the winter months to 29 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit) during the summer.
- New England is known for its diverse geography of rivers, rolling farmland, towering mountains and sun-kissed beaches.
- The population of New England was estimated in 2019 to be 14.8 million, with the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire being the most populous.
- Clams are a New England delicacy. Dine on delicious New England clam chowder in the winter or savory fried clams in the summer.
- Freshly caught lobster, especially in Maine, is also a local staple. Don’t miss out on a mouthwatering lobster roll – served cold or hot with warmed butter.
- New England is known for its commercial cranberry bogs that produce deliciously tart jellies, jams and juices.
- Outdoor enthusiasts flock to New England. Enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, tubing and whitewater rafting in the warmer months, and skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and more during the colder months.
- Sports are a passion for New England locals. The region is home to the Boston Red Sox (Major League Baseball), New England Patriots (National Football Leagues) and the New England Revolution (Major League Soccer).
- New England’s diverse scenery and iconic cities have attracted Hollywood filmmakers throughout the years. Popular movies filmed throughout the region include “White Christmas,” “The Crucible,” “Mystic River” and “The Departed.”
- A wide array of wildlife can be found in New England, from whales migrating off the coast to the shy yet majestic moose. Visitors can take moose safaris in New Hampshire and Maine.
- Vermont produces more than half of all the maple syrup made in the USA.
- With a population around 7,500, Montpelier, Vermont, is the smallest state capital in the USA – and the only one without a McDonald’s.