#1 in Best Weekend Getaways in New England
The largest city in New England is fairly compact and walkable – perfect for sightseeing in just a few days. Hit the highlights along the Freedom Trail to learn about the American Revolution and catch a game at Fenway Park. And don't leave without indulging in some fresh oysters and a bowl of clam chowder. Read More »
#2 Portland, ME
#2 in Best Weekend Getaways in New England
An ideal destination for foodies and culture hounds, Portland, Maine, is filled with award-winning restaurants, museums, breweries, art galleries, boutiques and coastal views. Spend some time wandering the cobblestone streets of the historic Old Port, where boats line the harbor and fresh seafood is aplenty. Read More »
#3 Cape Cod
#3 in Best Weekend Getaways in New England
For a quintessential New England summer getaway, head to this Massachusetts peninsula known for its laid-back vibe. You can spend your days along 40 miles of national seashore before retreating to a quaint bed-and-breakfast. Read More »
#4 in Best Weekend Getaways in New England
A popular summertime island retreat for New Englanders and presidents alike, Martha's Vineyard appeals to all types of travelers. Take the ferry over from Cape Cod (or fly) to explore the island's six towns and numerous beaches. Don't miss the colorful gingerbread cottages in Oak Bluffs, the fresh seafood in the village of Menemsha or the restaurants and boutiques in Vineyard Haven. Read More »
#5 The Berkshires
#5 in Best Weekend Getaways in New England
This region of western Massachusetts is a refuge for city dwellers looking for wide open spaces. Charming towns like Great Barrington and North Adams draw visitors with their quaint main streets, historical homes and fall foliage. You'll find a variety of festivals to attend during the summer months, too.
#6 in Best Weekend Getaways in New England
This 47,000-acre national park offers endless outdoor activities, including hiking, biking and rock climbing. Plus, the park's 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain is the first place in the United States to see the sunrise from October to March, so it's worth getting an early start. Read More »
#7 White Mountains
#7 in Best Weekend Getaways in New England
If you're looking for a quiet mountain hideaway, potential abounds in the White Mountains. Mostly designated as a protected national forest, the White Mountains cover about a quarter of New Hampshire and parts of western Maine. Take the scenic route along the Kancamagus Highway and stop at one of the six available campgrounds to spend the night and enjoy some breathtaking fall foliage.
#8 in Best Weekend Getaways in New England
It doesn't get more relaxing than Kennebunkport, Maine. This beach town is home to rugged shorelines, cute boutiques and seafood galore. Plus, you might even spot a politician or two vacationing with their families in the summer (Kennebunkport is home to the Bush family compound). And make sure you eat your fill of lobster rolls. Read More »
#9 in Best Weekend Getaways in New England
To see Rhode Island at its best, head to the coastal town of Narragansett. This popular summer haven on Rhode Island's southeastern shore is ideal for travelers in search of rest and relaxation. Spend the day on one of the public beaches before devouring fresh local seafood at the Port of Galilee.
#10 Block Island
#10 in Best Weekend Getaways in New England
A quick ferry ride from the surrounding mainland will take you to picturesque Block Island. Off the southern coast of Rhode Island, Block Island is home to old-fashioned cottages, historical lighthouses and soft sands, not to mention the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge.
#11 Bar Harbor
#11 in Best Weekend Getaways in New England
Bar Harbor is a charming town to explore on Maine's Mount Desert Island, and is a popular spot to begin or end your exploration through nearby Acadia National Park. This area is bursting with locally owned boutiques, restaurants serving fresh seafood, lobster boats and gorgeous coastal views. You’ll find Bar Harbor about 50 miles southeast of Bangor International Airport.
#12 Salem, MA
#12 in Best Weekend Getaways in New England
About 20 miles north of Boston, this town is best known for the witch trials of the late 17th century. And you can learn all about it on a historical walking tour. For an even bigger dose of local culture, visit in October when the town hosts Halloween-themed events all month long.