Image via Flickr by 6SN7

Image via Flickr by 6SN7

Driving is one of the best ways to travel to your New England destination because it allows you to stop and discover the hidden gems of New England. These towns offer a relaxing and quiet atmosphere as you discover the magic of the Northeast.

Newport, Rhode Island

Off Route 138 you’ll discover the quaint city of Newport, Rhode Island. This town features giant mansions for the wealthy, but it also features that famous New England charm with the picturesque feel of a fishing town right out of a storybook.

While passing through, stop at Cliff Walk and view breathtaking mansions and vistas as you walk the paved path. The end of the trail is unpaved and along the shoreline, giving you some of the most gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Rochester, New Hampshire

Rochester, New Hampshire may be one of the largest cities in New Hampshire, but it still has that small-town feel that you think of when you picture New England. Also known as Lilac City, Rochester has some of the most scenic foliage with blooming lilacs in the spring and summer and crisp golden and orange leaves during the fall.

As you travel Route 125, stop by the Rochester Opera House for a dazzling musical performance or exciting play. After that, check out the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts and let over 150 pieces of contemporary art from all over the world mesmerize you.

Camden, Maine

Camden, Maine is located near Route 1, and it dates back to the mid-18th century. It is one of the few places where the mountains and sea meet, making it a unique place to visit. The town was once a ship manufacturing hub, and while it no longer is, it still possesses that historic ambiance.

While visiting, head over to the High Street Historic District where you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported into the past thanks to the New England architecture. For something more aggressive, hike in Camden Hills State Park and reach the 800 foot summit where you’ll have stunning views of Penobscot Bay.

Exeter, New Hampshire

Founded in 1638, Exeter is one of the oldest cities in America, and it is located off Route 101. With only about 14,000 residents, Exeter has all the friendliness of American small towns. Like many New England towns, it has that wonderful combination of modern life and the past thanks to the historic buildings and architecture.

Don’t fail to visit The American Independence Museum while visiting Exeter. It features one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence as well as two original US Constitution Drafts. For more history lessons, head over to Gilman Garrison house, which dates back to 1709 and was transformed into a museum in 1966.

Don’t fly to your next destination in New England. Drive and take the time to stop and enjoy the treasures you’ll find in these quaint and pleasant small towns. They all offer that famous New England charm and a relaxing adventure.