You’ve seen those books and lists of “21 things to do while you’re alive”, well here’s my New England twist on that whole theme – enjoy!
WALK THE GREAT BEACH ON CAPE COD:
A famous stretch of the Cape Cod National Seashore is Coastguard Beach – the start of the so-called Great Beach named by Henry David Thoreau. The area also includes the Outer Beach made famous by Henry Beston in his book “Outermost House” – a real cottage but destroyed in the storm of 1978. The connecting beaches and the natural give-and-take process of erosion on this geological wonder provides not only one of the greatest beach walks in the world but also a step through history – and off-season you’ll probably have it all to yourself.
RIDE IN A HOT-AIR BALLOON OVER THE GREEN MOUNTAINS:
While hot-air balloons can take off from most open spaces there are locations that provide better atmospheric conditions than others. In New England one of those ideal spots is the Stowe and Lake Champlain area of Vermont. Hot-air balloon rides over this region provide scenic vistas of Mount Mansfield, the Green Mountains, and Adirondacks in New York. But it’s the unique sensation of floating peacefully, and drifting with the winds over the trees, farms and fields of Vermont that create the memories. At times you feel part of the wind and don’t even realize you’re moving.
CLIMB MT. WASHINGTON IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE:
At 6,288-feet this is the loftiest peak in the northeast and holder of the highest recorded wind speed anywhere in the world at 231 mph. This is a mountain cloaked in clouds more than 50% of the year and where snow can fall in any month. A sunny day at base when starting out can become a raging blizzard towards the summit 4-hours later. Popular trails run from Pinkham Notch with an average of a 10-hour round trip. You’ll need to get fit and be well prepared for this strenuous but rewarding hike.
SEE THE NEW ENGLAND FALL FOLIAGE IN OCTOBER:
There are many places in the world that experience a magnificent and colorful fall. But nature saves the most dazzling display for the New England fall foliage event.
The climate of New England and the variety of trees makes for a unique combination that ensures a magnificent display of fiery reds, glowing oranges, golden yellows and rich browns that blanket the trees for weeks as fall sweeps through the region. Parts of Maine can reach peak late September, Vermont and New Hampshire early to mid-October, with best viewing for the southern New England states averaging mid-late October.
RIDE A WHALE WATCH CRUISE TO STELLWAGEN BANK:
Stellwagen Bank is an underwater plateau at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay, and was designated as a National Marine Sanctuary in 1992. Popular among the mammals that visit the bank are whales. Whale watch cruises leave from ports and harbors along the Massachusetts coast… and they all head for Stellwagen Bank. The whale-watching season lasts from April to October. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so humbled as watching a 40-ton majestic Humpback dance and play on sparkling water, and wondering… who’s having the most fun.
CYCLE THE CARRIAGE ROADS IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK:
Acadia National Park in Maine is the only national park in New England, and the first designated one east of the Mississippi. The bulk of the park is on Mount Desert Island, and includes mountains, a fjord, lakes, ponds, hundreds of miles of hiking trails and the scenic Loop Road. But one of the most enjoyable ways of seeing the park is cycling along some of the 57-miles of broken-stone carriage roads established by John Rockefeller, Jr., between 1913 and 1940. The web of gravel roads is interconnected and passes some of the most popular and scenic areas in the park.
And I’ve run out of room here so visit my site to get the complete list.