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The Northeast

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.

 

Clam chowder

Reuben sandwich

Attractions

Freedom Trail – Boston, Massachusetts

The four-kilometer Freedom Trail is a great way to visit Boston’s most historic sites. Start off the tour at the Boston Common, a sloping park where British troops camped out during the American Revolution. 

At the top of the Common, you’ll find the gold-domed Massachusetts State House, a site where some of America’s most famous revolutionaries held history-defining meetings. Follow the red-lined trail to Old Granary Burying Ground, where famous Revolutionary War veterans such as Samuel Adams and Paul Revere are buried. 

One of the most touristy sites on the Freedom Trail is Faneuil Hall. Established in 1742, the hall is now a marketplace complete with clothing stores, souvenir shops, and restaurants. Nearby is Quincy Market, a food hall with signature Boston dishes, such as baked beans and Boston Cream Pie.

Another stop on the Freedom Trail is Paul Revere’s house, a historic structure in the North End. Revere is one of the most famous Revolutionary figures, recognized for announcing the arrival of the British enemy troops. His house has since been converted into a museum and displays 17th-century metal work, maps, and furniture.

Lincoln Memorial – Washington, DC

While DC has many famous monuments—including the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Memorial, and the White House—the Lincoln Memorial is commonly listed as one of the most memorable attractions for visitors. The column-lined structure is located at the western end of the National Mall and houses a giant sculpture of the 16th U.S. president, Abraham Lincoln. 

Lincoln is best known for proclaiming legislation to abolish slavery, as well as for delivering the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous battle speeches in U.S. history. In fact, the words from that speech are carved into the memorial’s walls. The memorial also holds historical significance for being the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.

Niagara Falls, New York

Located on the border of New York and the Ontario province of Canada, the set of three waterfalls marks one of the most-visited attractions in North America. 

Walk along the winding trail that leads to the Observation Tower, where you can get a full view of the majestic falls. If you want to get more up close and personal, there are several tour options you can take. The most famous attraction is the Hornblower (formerly known as the Maid of the Mist). The boat goes right into the waterfall, allowing you to be surrounded by water. If you’re worried about getting wet, don’t be—rain jackets are provided on the tour.

The Journey Behind the Falls is another great option to see the falls up close. The tour travels down the falls to the heart of the cascade, where you can explore 130-year-old tunnels behind the waterfalls. 

After you dry off, stop by Clifton Hill for retro amusement rides and haunted houses.

Climate

The Northeast experiences a varied climate, characterized by four distinct seasons, with lower temperatures in the north. The winter brings frequent snow storms, especially in New England. Summers are warm and humid, especially near the coast. Major storms in the Atlantic Ocean are common and are nicknamed “nor’easters” due to their downward flow from the northeast.

Because of its heavy snowfall, the Northeast is home to some of the most popular ski destinations in the country, such as the Adirondacks and the Berkshires. The mountainous terrain is also perfect for snowboarding and sledding in the winter. When the weather gets warmer, residents in all states rush to beaches in New Jersey, Maryland, and Massachusetts, and make weekend plans for canoeing, tubing, and water skiing. 

Many Northeasterners will say fall is their favorite season because they love the crisp weather, colorful leaves, and classic “fall activities”. Cooler weather means apple or pumpkin picking, going on hay rides, and visiting or building haunted houses. Below a picture of a typical evening taken during Fall in Boston, Massachusetts.

Our Preferred Universities

We would like to present a list of our favorite universities located in the Southeast.  We have taken into consideration factors such as the quality of the education, the ratio of students/teachers, % of international students on campus, work on campus opportunities, etc..

University of Hartford

Most significant Rankings:  #194 in National Universities, #99 in Most Diverse Colleges in America and #176 Best Colleges for Art in America.

Number of students: 5.069

Statistics after graduation: The median earnings 6 years after graduation is $41.600/ year. 93% of the students are employed 2 years after graduation.

Insights and Advantages:
The University of Hartford, also known as UHart or U of H, is located in central Connecticut between the city of Boston and New York City. Undergraduates at UHart can choose from more than 80 majors, and Graduate students have more than 30 programs to choose from. The most popular fields of study include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Health Service Preparatory Studies, Psychology and Communications. In any chosen field students will be led by dedicated professors. In a recent poll, students from the University of Hartford were asked about their professors. Based on 100 responses, 75 students agreed that their professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.

Husson University

Most significant Rankings: #8 in Best Value Colleges in Maine, #4 in Best College Locations in Maine, #6 in Safest College Campuses in Maine

Number of students: 2.763 

Statistics after graduation:
The median earnings 6 years after graduation is $38.800/ year. 93% of the students are employed 2 years after graduation.

Insights and Advantages:
Husson University is a private institution that focuses on the importance of hands-on learning while providing a personalized educational experience. They seek to motivate their students by giving all an opportunity to obtain some form of internship, clinical rotation, or student teaching. The end goal is to create fully prepared and career-driven students.

State University of New York at Fredonia SUNY

State University of New York at Fredonia

(SUNY Fredonia)

Most significant Rankings: #50 in Regional Universities North, #48 in Best Colleges for Music in America, #123 Best Colleges for Sports Management

Number of students: 4.392

Statistics after graduation: The median earnings 6 years after graduation is $41.700/ year. 96% of the students are employed 2 years after graduation.

Insights and Advantages: SUNY Fredonia is a part of the State University of New York system. The institution is located in the Western part of the state, which is only a few miles from Lake Erie. With over 100 majors to choose from for undergraduates and 15 master’s degree programs for graduate students, SUNY gives plenty of options to explore.

Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University

Most significant Rankings: #59 in National Universities, #13 in Colleges with Best Student Life in America, #55 in Most Innovative Schools

Number of students: 40.835

Statistics after graduation:The median earnings 6 years after graduation is $50.100/ year. 94% of the students are employed 2 years after graduation.

Insights and Advantages: Pennsylvania State University—University Park campus is most commonly referred to as Penn State, while students call it their “Happy Valley”. In addition to their high ranking academic programs, there are more than 1,000 clubs and organizations to become involved in on campus and in the community. Penn State’s football team plays in Beaver Stadium, which is one of the largest sport’s arenas on the continent.

New york University

New York University

Most significant Rankings: #30 in National Universities, #3 Best Colleges for Information Technology in America, #12 in Best Colleges for Business in America

Number of students: 26.417

Statistics after graduation: The median earnings 6 years after graduation is $61.900/ year. 91% of the students are employed 2 years after graduation.

Insights and Advantages: New York University is a highly ranked, private institution with the main campus located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. NYU is known as a city school. The campus blends in seamlessly with the high energy city of New York. With an impressive student-teacher ratio of 9 to 1, you are guaranteed to gain lifelong friends and mentors in your classes.