From seaside cities to rural mountains, New England is truly a sight to behold. The views in places like Maine and Vermont make for unforgettable memories, whether you’re atop a skyscraper or walking along a historic path.
The Prudential Center SkyWalk Observatory is the only destination of its kind in New England, boasting a 360-degree panoramic view of Boston and beyond. Fifty floors up, you’ll get unobstructed views of places like Fenway Park, the Charles River, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Harvard University. On a clear day, expect to see landmarks up to 100 miles away. Take a tour of the observatory using the Acoustiguide audio tour handsets and check out SkyWalk’s movie theater where Wings Over Boston and Dreams of Freedom will entertain visitors of all ages. The Prudential Center is located near several other Boston attractions in Back Bay and Copley Square, so use the observatory’s views to help plan your day in the city. Craving a delicious gourmet meal to go along with those vistas? Make a reservation at Top of the Hub restaurant, located on Prudential’s 52nd floor. For SkyWalk Observatory admission information, visit www.topofthehub.net/skywalk.php.
The city of Boston offers so many incredible views that perhaps the best way to see it all is from the clouds. Fortunately, the folks at East Coast Aero Club are more than happy to show sightseers around. Fly over the Boston Harbor and enjoy seeing all the impressive ships, or take in the sights of the numerous colleges and universities around the city. Your trip will begin in Minuteman National Historical Park at Hanscom Field. Take one of the offered tours like retracing Paul Revere’s famous ride or Walden Pond, the inspiration for Henry David Thoreau. Find details about pricing and reservations at www.eastcoastaeroclub.com/helicopters/tours-special-flights/.
In Lyndonville, Vermont, the Wildflower Inn and resort features 570-acres of breathtaking landscapes that everyone in your crew will appreciate. The resort is framed by rolling hills, lush forests and stunning mountains, and there isn’t a room at Wildflower with a bad view. Book a room on the second floor of the Carriage House where private balconies offer unparalleled vistas of Burke and Kirby Mountains. A suite in the Meadows rewards guests with seemingly endless country fields outside each window. The Wildflower Inn also offers horse-drawn hayrides that get you up close to all the surrounding natural beauty. Learn more about this scenic bed and breakfast at www.wildflowerinn.com.
Named one of “50 Places of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler, Rhode Island’s Cliff Walk, in Newport, is truly an awe-inspiring attraction. The 3.5-mile path winds along the edge of a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Opposite these stunning water views are ornate Gilded Age mansions including The Breakers, built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II in the late 1800s. Cliff Walk was designated a National Recreation Trail in 1975 and is a great spot for bird watching, jogging and photography. Discover Cliff Walk online at www.visitrhodeisland.com/what-to-do/hiking/304/cliff-walk.
New England is home to views that have inspired residents and visitors for years, so take some time to find out what all the buzz is about. As the spring flowers start to bloom, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the surrounding wonders.