We all deserve a break from time to time, but we cannot always afford to take long vacations far from home (and work). As an alternative, take a look at the great weekend vacations you can take right here in the great states that make up New England.
Lighthouse Tour (Maine)
Maine is known for many things, but some of its most beautiful features are the lighthouses that dot the coast along the Atlantic Ocean. According to the states official tourism website, there are more than 60 beacons to visit in Maine, as the rocky coast of the state used to be shrouded in mist, meaning ships had to be kept safe.
The West Quoddy Head Light is a must-see lighthouse during any trip north, as it is the easternmost point in the contiguous United States. Cape Neddicks lighthouse, also referred to as The Nubble, is another great location to see because of its detailed Victorian home made for the keeper and his family. Many of these historic lighthouses have interpretive centers for visitors, and if you stay late enough, you can see each lighthouses signature light pattern that would tell sailors exactly where they were. For more information on Maines lighthouses, head to the Visit Maine website.
Squam Lake (New Hampshire)
While Minnesota is usually the state many people associate with lakes, New Hampshire holds its own with its lakes and scenic mountains, making the state a great place for a weekend adventure. To see some of these pristine lakes from the water, consider taking a guided tour from a parks department or trip operator. For example, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center regularly offers Squam Lake Cruises. The trip lasts about an hour and a half, and the boats are equipped with binoculars to see the beauty surrounding you. The unique perspective of the lake means that there is a higher chance of seeing wildlife in its natural habitat. After taking a cruise, there are many parks throughout the state that are great for taking a hike. To learn about Squam Lake, visit the Nature Science Centers website.
Providence (Rhode Island)
Providence is the capital of Rhode Island, the smallest state in the union, but it has a big personality that makes it a great weekend escape. If you are traveling with your whole family, the Providence Childrens Museum is a great opportunity to allow kids time for play that also happens to be educational. The RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) Museum has free admission for children under five, and its collections feature objects ranging from Egyptian artifacts to modern art. History buffs will want to walk along Benefit Street, which reportedly has the most concentrated presence of colonial architecture in the United States. To find something for everyone in your group in Providence, visit its official tourism website.
New England is one of the most exciting areas of the United States and is a great place to find a well-deserved escape from the everyday. Consider one of these three destinations when you head out to explore on your next break.
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