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Your top off the beaten path attractions across the 5 states of New England.

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Connecticut

Thompson Speedway: Offers NASCAR racing and the Exotic Car Experience that will put you on the racetrack behind the wheel of a Maserati, Lamborghini or Ferrari. www.thompsonspeedway.com
Glass House: While studying in Germany, famous architect Philip Johnson came up with the concept of the glass structure that served as his home until his passing at 95. The 47-acre campus features the Glass House and 12 other structures designed by Johnson that incorporate the landscape as a part of the designer’s vision. www.theglasshouse.org

Mashantucket Pequot Museum: Multi-sensory dioramas and exhibits introduce visitors to the history of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe and the natural and cultural history of the eastern woodlands. Films and videos, interactive programs, archival materials, ethnographic and archaeological collections, and traditional crafts by Native artisans are featured in the exhibits. www.pequotmuseum.org

Maine  

Appalachian Trail/Mt. Katahdin: Maine’s 281 miles of the Appalachian Trail are generally considered the most challenging of all fourteen states. Lakes, streams, and bogs abound, and moose and loon sightings are common. Maine’s crown jewel, Mt. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the AT.  https://visitmaine.com/things-to-do/parks-and-natural-attractions/appalachian-trail

Maine Huts & Trails: Offers an authentic backcountry experience in the woods of western Maine. With four eco-lodges located along 80 miles of trails, outdoor adventure lovers can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, paddling, fishing, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing. Both guided and unguided trips are available. Assistance and a gear shuttle service are available. www.mainehuts.org

AMC Maine’s Wilderness Lodges: The Appalachian Mountain Club offers three Maine wilderness lodges on 75,000 acres of AMC conservation land where four-season outdoor adventure ranges from taking a cool dip in a crisp waterfall, reeling in a perfect trout, hiking up a spectacular mountain or skiing lodge-to- lodge through fresh snow.  www.outdoors.org/lodging-camping/maine-lodges

Grafton Notch State Park: The park lies amidst some of Maine’s most spectacular mountains, the Mahoosuc Range. These lands offer rugged terrain for backcountry hikers and include 12 of the most challenging miles along the entire Appalachian Trail. Also available are short walks leading to impressive waterfalls and gorges. https://visitmaine.com/things-to-do/parks-and-natural-attractions/grafton-notch-state-park

Massachusetts 

Illustrators Trail, Western Massachusetts: Explore the worlds of iconic illustrators Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, and Norman Rockwell with a visit to three unique museums in western Massachusetts within an hour’s drive of each other.  http://illustratorstrail.org

Whydah Pirate Museum, Cape Cod: Learn about the adventurous world of pirates through the infamous Whydah, which sank in Cape Cod waters in 1717. View artifacts from the quintessential pirates’ life, including stunning imagery and maps of the 18th-century world with a visit to the Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth.  www.discoverpirates.com

Trustees of the Reservation: Enjoy the scenic side of Massachusetts with a visit to any of the 100+ preserved parks, historic homes, and rural areas maintained by the Trustees of the Reservation. Visit the 251-acre coastscape of World’s End in Hingham, stop at the National Historic Landmark of Old Manse in Concord, or experience the Gilded-Age country estate of Naumkeag in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit

New Hampshire

Bear Rock Adventures Guided ATV Tours, Pittsburg: In New Hampshire’s northernmost town, enjoy custom ATV tours through the largest interconnected trail system in the East. Tours can be themed as culinary and include stops at maple sugar shacks or focus on adventure by journeying deep into preserved forests and secluded waterways. Stay at the Cabins at Lopstick to truly appreciate the area’s natural beauty and enjoy snowmobile tours, ice fishing, hunting, and fly fishing.  www.bearrockadventures.com

ELC Outdoors, Errol: In the northernmost region of New Hampshire, ELC offers whitewater rafting, calm wildlife tours by boat, aerial ropes courses, and fatbike rentals. Consider combining with Bear Rock ATV Adventures and the Cabins at Lopstick.  http://elcoutdoors.com

Appalachian Mountain Club, Crawford Notch and Pinkham Notch: Arrange for a private hiking adventure guide through the oldest hiking trail system in the United States. Tours can vary in duration and can include the use of a 125-year-old secluded high hut network only accessible by foot.  www.outdoors.org

Rhode Island

Fantastic Umbrella Factory: A 19th century farmyard shopper’s paradise and international bazaar. A Rhode Island landmark and National Treasure in Charlestown, Rhode Island since 1968. Open year round.  www.visitrhodeisland.com/listing/fantastic-umbrella-factory/2068

Newport Car Museum: This private collection of some 50 automobiles focuses on six decades of modern industrial automotive design and celebrates cars as works of art. From the 1950s to the present, separate exhibits of Ford Shelby Cars, Corvettes, World Cars, Fin Cars and Chrysler Mopar Cars have been carefully curated to appeal to car enthusiasts of all ages. www.visitrhodeisland.com/listing/newport-car-museum/3141

Rail Explorers: Enjoy an unforgettable scenic ride along historic Aquidneck Island and spectacular Narragansett Bay on custom-built pedal-powered vehicles. This eco-friendly experience provides an amazing journey using existing railroad tracks. The pedal-powered explorers provide a smooth and comfortable adventure suitable for all.  www.visitrhodeisland.com/listing/rail-explorers/3134

Issued by the Discover New England Australia / New Zealand Press Office.
Discover New England represents the five American states of Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to promote international visitation.

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