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Why New England should be on your summer bucketlist

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Of all the travel destinations on your list this year, New England might not feature very high, but it should.

While many hope to visit the USA this year, tourists too often flock to obvious destinations like New York, Florida or California. As a result, they miss hidden gems like New England. 

Though not a destination that typically first comes to mind when one thinks about North America, New England is a beautiful state filled with breathtaking sites and fun activities. For too long it has played second fiddle to the more popular tourist destinations, but as people seek new adventures and smaller crowds, this might finally be New England’s year.

Indeed, a visit to New England couldn’t be better timed, as 2018 looks set to be the year it shines. Whether you want adrenaline pumping experiences, spectacular views or some culture with a twist, New England has it! Better yet, it’s even cheaper to fly from London to destinations in New England this year, with great deals and an increased number of flights. 

Still not convinced? Just take a peek at our list of must-see attractions and you soon will be.

Connecticut

Calling all adrenaline junkies! 

As of 15th March, you now have the chance to try HighFlyer, a four-line zipline which runs 350 feet in the air. Starting from the rooftop of Fox tower, you’ll land 3,700 feet away at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. 

Not for the faint of heart, this action-packed activity is sure to be a holiday highlight!

Tickets are on sale here, with prices starting from $69 for adults and $59 for youths (must be aged 15 or below).

If ziplining doesn’t take your fancy, why not try go-karting? 

Foxwoods Resort Casino recently announced that it will begin building a high-performance, European-style indoor go-kart track that it expects to open early next year. Foxwoods is teaming up with On Track Karting to build the track. 

The attraction will provide guests with a motorsport feel on one of the longest and fastest indoor kart-runs ever constructed. The multi-level track will feature gas-powered, 9-horsepower karts that give drivers the power and control necessary for the ultimate high-speed rush.

Maine

Stunning views 

Thanks to Timberstone Adventures Inc you now have the chance to hike to a private mountaintop castle with panoramic views, enjoying a site few before have seen. Plus, there’s no need to worry about your luggage, as your gear is towed up a 300’ cable bridge. 

TimberStone Adventures Inc. in East Stoneham, Maine, is set on 50+ acres bordering the White Mountain National Forest and currently offers two fully functional treehouse lodges and one primitive hideaway.

Get to know the city like a local

Experience Maritime Maine has recently launched a new maritime culture podcast. The downloadable story topics range from women who lobster, to windjammer cruising and the fishmonger of Portland. 

Not only an interesting listen, it’s a perfect accompaniment to touring Maine and learning more about the traditions that still exist today!

Massachusetts

Embrace local culture

Take advantage of the destination’s rich history by following the Path of Presidents, a tour which explores the striking connection between Presidents of the United States and the city of Boston. The tour reveals a detailed catalogue of history in Greater Boston, from presidents who were born there, went to school there or otherwise made an impact on this region. 

Alternatively, experience some culture with a twist through a visit to the Museum of Dog. Opened in February 2018, this new, one-of-a-kind museum is dedicated to all things dogs. Located blocks from the country's largest contemporary art museum, Mass MoCA, Museum of Dog (M.O.D) will feature a private collection of dog-inspired paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and accessories. 

The museum will feature over 180 pieces from more than 50 notable artists ranging from William Wegman photographs to Mary Engel "Watch Dog" sculptures and rare dog collars dating back to the 1800s.

There's no better time to visit 

Perhaps most appealing about Massachusetts is the current deals available, making your holiday more affordable than ever!

Norwegian will increase flights on some of its most popular routes from London Gatwick this summer. One such route is Boston, which increased from five weekly flights to a daily service with fares from £134.90 one way (as of 1 April 2018). 

In addition, New flights to Boston from London Stansted via Primera Air starting on 18 May 2018. Primera Air will fly four times a week to Boston Logan Airport.

New Hampshire

Enjoy views like never before.

Bear Rock Adventures in Pittsburg have purchased a new fleet of 2018 Polaris Slingshot SL 5 speed manual transmission 3 wheeled on-road vehicles. Explore the largest interconnected ATV trail system with over 1,000 miles of trails taking visitors throughout Northern New Hampshire’s pristine mountains, fields, and secluded waterways with these new vehicles.

The Omni Mount Washington Bretton Woods Resort has announced plans to build an eight-passenger, four-season gondola and a new mountainside restaurant offering unprecedented views of the highest mountain range in the northeast, which is planned to open in late 2018.

Get a taste for the wild with this New Hampshire classic 

Clark’s Trading Post in Lincoln will be celebrating their 90th anniversary in 2018. A family-owned attraction in the mountains that has been fascinating guests for generations to see their trained black bears, watch an aerial trapeze show, ride a steam train, go off-road Segway riding and tour their museums.

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