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The Northeast

“American Pie” – Don McLean (1945, New York)

Learn more about the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Big cities

New York City Skyline

New York

State: New York

Population estimate: 86.000

What it’s known for: The Empire State Building

One of the world’s most famous skyscrapers, this 102-story building has a height of 443 meters (including the antenna).

Locals love: The Highline

This elevated park that was once a railroad is  lined with shops, benches, and unlimited photo opportunities.

Philadelphia skyline

Philadelphia

State: Pennsylvania

Population estimate: 1.6 million

What it’s known for: The “Rocky Steps”

The steps of the Art Museum is where Rocky Balboa trains in the iconic “Rocky” movie scene.

Locals love: Reading Terminal Market

You can join the locals at this indoor food market selling everything from Amish baked goods to Mexican enchiladas.

Washington capital U.S. congress

Washington

State: District of Columbia

Population estimate: 702.000

What it’s known for: The U.S. Capitol

Still in use as the meeting place of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government, the Capitol is also open to visitors. 

Locals love: Columbia Heights

A newly popularized hipster neighborhood, this is where you’ll find unique restaurants and communal art spaces.

Boston, Massachusetts, cityscape

Boston

State: Massachusetts

Population estimate: 685.000

What it’s known for: Fenway Park

Home to the Red Sox, the baseball stadium is also known for its signature Green Monster seats.

Locals love: Newbury Street

This enchanting street is lined with boutiques, luxury brands, and high-end restaurants.

Balitmore, Maryland, cityscape

Baltimore

State: Maryland

Population estimate: 611.000

What it’s known for: Inner Harbor

The neighborhood surrounding this harbor is full of Baltimore’s signature attractions and picturesque waterfront views.

Locals love: Hampden

A day in this up-and-coming neighborhood is a day visiting art studios, wine bars, and eccentric boutiques.

Road Trip Worthy

Burlington, Vermont

Located between the lush Green Mountains and the shores of Lake Champlain, Burlington attracts visitors from New England and beyond. Although the city is small, there are plenty of attractions, making it an ideal destination if you want to bike or walk. 

 

Start your trip by satisfying your sweet tooth at the Ben & Jerry’s Factory, headquarters to one of the world’s most famous ice cream brands. If you’re still up for more dairy, try some local cheese and even take a course on how to make it. 

 

Make your way to Church Street Marketplace, where you can spend hours exploring the many hip shops and restaurants along the car-free walkway. 

End your day at the Waterfront, taking a bike ride along the scenic path or setting up a picnic in Waterfront Park. Be sure to stay until sunset, as the view from the Waterfront is one of the best in the city.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Whether you’re there for a weekend or a day trip, Cape Cod has everything you’d want in a summer destination. Located at the tip of Massachusetts, the Cape is known for its beautiful beaches and summery attractions. 

 

Let’s start with the beach. The Cape’s beaches are typical New England, with rocky sand and calm waters. If you’re lucky, you may even see wild seals. After the beach, take a walk through Provincetown. In the artsy, LGBTQ-friendly beachtown, you can spend an entire afternoon browsing through the galleries and storefronts. 

 

No trip to the Cape is complete without stopping for ice cream. Cape Cod Creamery is famous for their homemade waffle cones and dozens of locally-sourced flavors. To end your food adventures, take a tour of the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory. See how their signature crunchy kettle chips are made, and sample special flavors that aren’t on store shelves. 

Portland, Maine

Flannels, beanies, moose, artisan doughnuts, and good coffee. Portland has everything that an urban hipster could want in a weekend destination. 

 

You could spend a whole day just touring the city’s many nationally-renowned eateries. Start by slurping down fresh oysters at Eventide Oyster Co., snack on poutine at Duckfat, and finish off with hand-made doughnuts from potatoes at The Holy Doughnut.

 

Be transported to 19th-century New England by exploring Old Port, Portland’s historic district. Stroll through the cobblestoned streets and pop into one of the many boutiques, galleries, and souvenir shops. At night, the district comes alive with hip bars and modern restaurants. 

 

To take a break from the city, visit one of Maine’s postcard-perfect lighthouses. Some of these include Bug Light, Spring Point Ledge Light, and Portland Head Light. Don’t forget to also grab an iconic Maine lobster roll on your way out!

Providence, Rhode Island

Located just an hour outside of Boston, Providence is a destination for architecture lovers and foodies. It is home to two of the most famous universities in the U.S.—Brown University and  the Rhode Island School of Design (known as RISD, pronounced “Rizz-dee”). Both schools have beautiful campuses, with beautiful brick buildings and huge lawns where you can take a self-guided tour. 

 

For a glimpse of 18th-century architecture, take a stroll down Benefit Street. There you’ll pass by the Providence Athenaeum, John Brown Museum, First Baptist Church, and more. The Providence Athenaeum is an 1836 Greek Revival building which houses a gorgeous library and cultural center. Spend an afternoon browsing through the books, busts, paintings, and sculptures.

 

Once you’re ready to eat, Federal Hill, aka “Providence’s Little Italy,” offers plenty of authentic Italian restaurants that you can try.

Firefly Music Festival - Dover, Delaware

Firefly Festival is a four-day, seven-stage festival held in the Woodlands festival ground off the Dover International Speedway. The lineup features “genre-bending artists” ranging from hip-hop to rock to electronic artists. 

 

Festival-goers have the option to camp on-site, giving you easy access to the performances throughout the weekend. There is also the option to “glamp,” or glamorous-camp; that is, more spacious tents with private air conditioning, access to shower fast passes, and more.

 

No music festival would be complete without Instagram-worthy attractions. One of Firefly’s unique setups is a silent disco, where you can dance to music that only plays on individual headphones. Other features include a woodland with flourescent lighting, breweries, and cocktail bars.

Burlington, Vermont

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Portland, Maine

Providence, Rhode Island

Firefly Music Festival – Dover, Delaware

Words & Expressions to Know ​

  • Schlep: Used by New Yorkers when they have put in a lot of effort traveling from point A to point B.
    •  “I had to schlep all the way from the Village to Central Park!”

  • Wicked: New Englanders’ way of saying “very.”
    •  “That test was wicked hard.”

  • Word: A statement of acknowledgment or agreement.
    • Person A: “Those disco fries were amazing.” 
    • Person B: Word.
Baltimore, Maryland

Regional Cooking

Because of its location near the coast, many of the Northeast’s signature dishes feature seafood. Native ingredients such as corn, apples, cranberries, tomatoes, and beans are also part of the regional diet. The celebration of Thanksgiving originated from pilgrims and Native Americans sharing a meal in the Northeast; the traditional dishes served on that day can be thought of as typical food of this region. 

A few popular dishes that you can’t miss are:

 

  • Clam chowder: This creamy, thick, shellfish-filled soup is an iconic comfort food served at any typical New England diner. Manhattan decided to create their own tomato-based version, staying consistent with their friendly rivalry with New England. 

 

 

  • Reuben sandwich: This grilled sandwich symbolizes the melting pot of cultures that can be seen in the Northeast, combining corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on rye bread.