New England Tourist Attractions
Since 2011, we’ve been New England visitors’ source for breathtaking day trips from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and Plymouth, Newport, and Nantucket. We’re here to help individuals discover New England, “one day at a time”—that’s why we compiled what we consider to be the must-see places in New England.
As, “Boston’s Original Martha’s Vineyard day trip,” we’re extremely familiar with Martha’s Vineyard’s hot spots. You’ll marvel at nature’s beauty on the Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah, Massachusetts. Since 1965, the Gay Head Cliffs have been a National Natural Landmark. The cliffs are made of brightly colored clay and sit along the shores of Moshup’s Beach. Members of the Wampanoag tribe consider the Gay Head Cliffs a Wampanoag cultural land mark while residents appreciate landscape views of the Elizabeth Islands the cliffs provide.
Newport, Rhode Island
Fans of home improvement and house-hunting shows will consider the Newport Mansions a must-see place in New England. The Newport Mansions are a series of cottages dating back to the 1830s—they are architectural representations of the Gilded Age. Eleven properties are open to the public and guided tours are available.
Plymouth and Cape Cod
If you’re looking for several of the most popular New England tourist attractions, look no further than Sandwich, Massachusetts, and Plymouth Harbor. Sandwich is the oldest town in Cape Cod and home to several landmark museums including the Heritage Museum and Gardens, the Thorton Burgess Museum, and the Sandwich Glass Museum. Sandwich is also home to the oldest house on Cape Cod (Hoxie House) and the oldest mill on Cape Cod (the Dexter Grist Mill). Enjoy historical hospitality at the Daniel Webster Inn which has been providing visitors a place to stay for more than 300 years!
You’ll also want to make a quick trip to Plymouth, Massachusetts. There you’ll enjoy Plymouth’s natural beauty and coastal charm with activities such as whale watching, cranberry harvests, wine tasting, and more. Less than 20 minutes from Plymouth Harbor is the iconic Plimoth Plantation. This richly historic museum tells the story of the Plymouth Colony and provides an immersive experience into the 1600s Colonial English and Wampanoag People. With engaging public programs and special events, this is a stop you don’t want to miss!
Last, but certainly not least, on our list of New England must-see locations is Nantucket. Many visitors don’t know that Nantucket is actually an island off of Cape Cod. As an island, Nantucket is home to several historical lighthouses such as The Brant Point, Sankaty Head, and Great Point Lighthouses. The Nantucket Historic District became a National Historic Landmark District in 1966. In 1975, the National Historic District status came to encompass the whole island. Enjoy a stroll along the beach and the serenity of a place where there are no stoplights, highways, or fast food restaurants. Nantucket is an island where you can get away from it all.
Hit the Road With New England Trips
Want to see any or all of these attractions? Take a look at the day trip adventures offered by New England Trips. With trips from Boston to Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod/Plymouth, and Newport, RI, we can truly help you experience the beauty and wonder of New England. Book now!
Newport Mansions Small Group Day Trip from Boston
The Newport Mansions day tour is fantastic. Our guide Chris was on time with the hotel pickup and was very accommodating. If you like architecture, history, beautiful waterfront views, and delicious food, this tour is for you! Best hassle free way to tour Newport from Boston. I would highly recommend this tour and New England Trips!