From the beaches of Massachusetts and the yacht-dotted harbors in Rhode Island to the lighthouses in Maine, the New England coast is lined with stunning picture-perfect locations.
With Vermont as the only exception, all states in New England have a coastline. Connecticut’s is home to the Ivy League town of New Haven and pretty coastal villages. Further to the east lie Rhode Island’s beaches, inlets and harbors, with Newport and Providence as the major coastal towns.
Massachusetts has the bays and peninsulas of Buzzards Bay, the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, fabulous Cape Cod and its beaches, bird colonies, seafood and laid-back towns. Then, there’s Boston, the unofficial capital of the region, with its bustling historic downtown and waterfront. Other visit-worthy coastal destination in Massachusetts include Salem and Plymouth.
New Hampshire only has a small stretch of coastline, but that’s where you’ll find Portsmouth, one of the most beautiful of all New England coastal towns.
After entering Maine, visitors will come across places such as Portland, Boothbay Harbor and Monhegan Island, and Acadia National Park. Maine is arguably the state with the most breathtaking coastline in the entire United States—a coast that’s dotted with picturesque lighthouses, seafood shacks, innumerable islands, inlets, bays and lakes.
While New England may be too big to see in a two-week vacation, renting a car and driving the New England coast is something that’s entirely possible in that time frame. And it’s strongly recommended too!
For some pre-travel inspiration, I have selected several of my favorite New England coast photos.
New England Coast Photos
Acadia National Park, Maine
Seaside Houses in Westport, Massachusetts
Fishing Boats in Maine
Beach in Little Compton, Rhode Island
Portland Head Light, Maine
Sailboat in Salem, Massachusetts
Seafood Restaurant in Bar Harbor, Maine
Westport Point Sunset, Massachusetts