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30 Attractions To See on the Maritime Trail

From Yale University to the stunning shores of Maine, the Maritime Trail yields unmatched scenery, history, and culture. Here are 30 stops along the way to check off your list:


Connecticut

Yale University Art Museum: Picasso, Monet, and more, with Yale University's Hogwarts-style towers nearby. New Haven, CT

Hammonasset Beach State Park: Two glorious miles of sand and waves. Madison, CT

Old Mystic Seaport: Historic waterfront “museum” with village houses, tall ships, and a working shipyard that whisks you back to the 1800s. Mystic, CT


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Providence Waterfront

Rhode Island

WaterFire: The city’s rivers blaze with floating fires, while mind-expanding music fills the air as evening falls. Providence, RI

Newport Mansions: The Gilded Age reached its outer limits in glittery Newport, overlooking Narragansett Bay, where spectacular mansions boast up to 70 rooms and bathtubs feature running seawater. Newport, RI

Block Island: Hop a ferry in Narragansett and explore the pristine beaches (17 miles), first-class bird watching, and artsy town life of this most lively Rhode Island island.


Massachusetts

New Bedford Whaling Museum: A half-scale whaling ship is just one of the museum treasures on view in the world’s leading 19th-century whaling town – a port so entwined with the sea that it’s lionized in Moby Dick. New Bedford, MA

Plimoth Plantation: Spend a day in the 17th century, asking questions of costumed interpreters who will tell you why they left England and what it was like to sail on the Mayflower (explore its replica, the Mayflower II). Plymouth, MA

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Mayflower II

The North End (pasta!): Old World charm on Boston’s waterfront, plus mouth-watering pasta, the freshest seafood, gelato, and cannoli – a taste of what’s in store in the city that’s the “cradle” of New England civilization. Boston, MA

Boston Harbor Islands: A quick ferry ride from Long Wharf North yields all the scenic hiking, dunes, military ruins, and peace you could want—plus unique views of the city skyline. Catch a vintage baseball game on Georges Island in summer!

Motif #1: Possibly THE most painted, most photographed seascape. A quintessential barn-red building on stilts, overlooking an impossibly picturesque harbor. We dare you to take a bad picture. Rockport, MA

Salem’s Witchy Women: Is there witchcraft in the air? Is it touristy? And riveting? Yes, yes, and shazam! Salem, MA

Plum Island: As if brick-clad Newburyport wasn’t pretty enough, Plum Island beaches and birding jaunts are a stone’s skip (5 miles) away. Plum Island/Newburyport, MA


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Portsmouth

New Hampshire

Wallis Sands State Beach: A jewel of a curving, sandy beach 15 minutes south of Portsmouth. Rye, NH

Friendly Toast: A destination unto itself, the Toast is legendary for its knockout breakfast (the “Sklarmegeddon” omelet is “built to kill”) and retro Formica. If you’re passing through on the weekend at 1 a.m., it’s open 24 hours. Portsmouth, NH

Gundalow Piscataqua: From Prescott Park, sail away on a “gundalow”—a full-scale replica of the traditional sailing barges that disappeared decades ago. Portsmouth, NH


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Acadia National Park

Maine

The Prettiest Walk: Between Ogunquit and tiny Perkins Cove lies the Marginal Way, an exquisite cliff walk with a beach on one end and cute shops on the other. Ogunquit, ME

Can You Say “Shopping”? For the granddaddy of outlet shopping, explore an entire town dedicated to the fine art of bargains, plus home to outfitter L.L. Bean. Freeport, ME

Three Generations of Wyeths: Immerse yourself in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s astounding collection of paintings by N.C., Andrew, and James. Rockland, ME

Acadia National Park: “America’s Favorite Place” according to a Good Morning America viewers’ poll, and “one of the crown jewels of Maine, with nearly 50,000 acres of jaw-dropping beauty.” Mount Desert Island, ME


Vermont

Shelburne Farms: A 1,400-acre fairytale farm, with a knockout barnyard (critters, too) and fine dining overlooking Lake Champlain. Shelburne, VT

Shelburne Museum: Hop aboard the beached Ticonderoga steamboat or an antique carousel. The ultimate collection of Americana fills 38 buildings, thanks to Electra Havemeyer Webb’s insatiable collecting. Shelburne, VT

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Lake Champlain Jetty

Vermont Teddy Bear Company: Nothing “stuffy” about touring the largest producer of “Made in the U.S.A.” teddy bears. Shelburne, VT

Church Street: Burlington’s pedestrian-only jumble of shops, performers, and open-air cafes are strung along its main thoroughfare, perfect for people peeping. Burlington, VT

Burlington Bike Path: All converted rail beds should be so enticing – 7.5 miles of lake and mountain vistas pull you on, with beaches and parks to tempt you off the path. Burlington, VT

ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center: Remnants of an old shipwreck and hands-on exhibits bring Champlain Lake’s history to vivid life. Burlington, VT

Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Factory (Waterbury): Ever wonder how the magic happens? Fun…and free samples! Waterbury, VT

Lake Champlain Ferries: The view is priceless, but the cost is only $8 one way, from Burlington to Port Kent, NY (and Grand Isle to Plattsburg, NY, is just $4). Champlain Islands, VT

Prettiest Country Bike Ride: Sail along country roads on Isle La Motte, an unspoiled favorite of cyclists. Champlain Islands, VT

Can You Say Shopping? From sleep masks to bacon candy, Hero’s Welcome general store, in North Hero, has it, plus it’s the go-to stop for bike and kayak rentals. Champlain Islands, VT

Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

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110 Community Drive, Augusta CT 04330-8009
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Best Western White House Inn

155 Littlefield Avenue, Bangor CT 04401-7206
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452 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor CT 04609-7213
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220 Northside Drive, Bennington CT 05201-1723
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Best Western Plus New England Inn & Suites

2253 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin CT 06037-4036
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11 Stony Hill Road, Bethel CT 06801-1055
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Best Western Plus Boston Hotel

891 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston CT 02118-2607
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71 Gurnet Road, Brunswick CT 04011-9328
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9

Best Western Plus Chelmsford Inn

187 Chelmsford Street, Chelmsford CT 01824-2307
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10

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740 Elm Street, Concord CT 01742-2101
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97 Hall Street, Concord CT 03301-3421
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100 Kings Highway Cutoff, Fairfield CT 06824-5341
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87 Wallace Hill Road, Franconia CT 03580
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31 US Route 1, Freeport CT 04032-7000
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360 Route 12, Groton CT 06340-2930
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16

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815 Lafayette Road, Hampton CT 03842-1257
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401 Lowell Avenue, Haverhill CT 01832-3683
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18

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401 Winchester Street, Keene CT 03431-3999
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19

Best Western Plus Executive Court Inn & Conference Center

13500 S Willow Street, Manchester CT 03103-2387
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20

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123 Storrs Road, Mansfield Center CT 06250-1638
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21

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center

181 Boston Post Road W, Marlborough CT 01752-1840
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22

Best Western Dartmouth Inn

737 State Road, North Dartmouth CT 02747-1821
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23

Best Western Plus North Haven Hotel

201 Washington Avenue, North Haven CT 06473-1305
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24

Best Western Plus Berkshire Hills Inn & Suites

1350 W Housatonic Street, Pittsfield CT 01201-7514
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25

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180 Court Street, Plymouth CT 02360-4036
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26

Best Western Plus Portsmouth Hotel and Suites

580 US Highway 1 Bypass, Portsmouth CT 03801
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27

Best Western Adams Inn Quincy-Boston

29 Hancock Street, Quincy CT 02171-1707
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28

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909 Hingham Street, Rockland CT 02370-1050
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29

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5 Best Western Place, Rutland CT 05701-9705
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30

Best Western Providence-Seekonk Inn

45 Mink Street, Seekonk CT 02771-5914
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31

Best Western Plus The Inn at Sharon/Foxboro

395 Old Post Road, Sharon CT 02067-1619
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32

Best Western Plus Windjammer Inn & Conference Center

1076 Williston Road, South Burlington CT 05403-5718
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33

Best Western Merry Manor Inn

700 Main Street, South Portland CT 04106-5402
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34

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380 Winter Street, Waltham CT 02451-8700
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35

Best Western Airport Inn

2138 Post Road, Warwick CT 02886-1401
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36

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45 Blush Hill Road, Waterbury CT 05676-9067
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37

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375 Main Street, Waterville CT 04901-4924
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38

Best Western Silver Fox Inn

70 Packard's Road, Waterville Valley CT 03215
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39

Best Western West Greenwich Inn

99 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich CT 02817-1525
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40

Best Western Executive Hotel of New Haven-West Haven

490 Saw Mill Road, West Haven CT 06516-4044
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41

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429 Riverdale Street, West Springfield CT 01089-4625
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42

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1 Rainin Road, Woburn CT 01801-4627
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43

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2 Brickyard Ln, York CT 03909-1600
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