Autumn creates scenery like no other in New England. As the leaves change colors, the cities and towns become even more spectacular and more enticing for visitors. From Vermont to Maine; Massachusetts to Rhode Island, New England charming places are all around. When planning your trip, take note of these cities and towns and make the most out of your trip while traversing state lines.
New England Charming Places to Visit
A college town located on the east side of Lake Champlain, Burlington surprises in a good way. The city traces its roots all the way back to the 18th century; when the English pushed the French northward after the French and Indian Wars. After the Revolutionary War, Ethan Allen and his band of Green Mountain guerillas settled in Burlington and made the city a booming industry for trade. Today, it remains a hub for finance, education and government. It also has a handful of historical buildings and sites worth visiting like the Shelbourne Museum.
One of the most popular, if not the most popular attraction in Burlington is this outdoor museum collection of fine art, folk art and general oddities. There’s an exhibition of carriages, dolls of all sorts, and even that of a boat that once transported folks from across Lake Champlain. The entrance fee is $24 and valid for two days.
While in Burlington, book a room at the Willard Street Inn, a B&B housed in a 19th century home or at the Hilton Waterfront to watch the scenic sunset on Lake Champlain.
St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Maple products and scales put St. Johnsbury on the map back in the 19th century. Nowadays, it’s primarily a tourist destination thanks in part to the beautifully preserved Victorian-style architecture that surrounds the town. It makes this list of New England charming places to visit thanks to the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium. The combined natural history museum and planetarium contains thousands of taxidermied wildlife, from bears to squirrels, most commonly found in North America. There are also other artifacts such as rocks, fossils and mosaics made out of bugs aptly called “Bug Art.”
It was at one point, the most important lumber town in the eastern United States. The city of Bangor became a shipbuilding center and welcomed loggers and sailors from around the world that sailed up the Penobscot River. Take the Devil’s Half Acre Walking Tour ($10 for adults) and learn about its sinister past including the town’s infamous Madam, Fan Jones. Bangor is also a gateway to visiting many of the state’s main attractions including Maine’s highest peak, Mount Katadhin and Acadia National Park.