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The Calm Coasts of New England with American Cruise Lines

In the northeast of the United States is an area with a distinct aesthetic and culture, an affinity for its shores, and phenomenal seafood. New England is comprised of six states: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. In today’s 60-Second Geography article, we’ll be focusing on the coasts and islands of New England. Thanks to American Cruise Lines today’s article is possible.


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  • Newport is a gorgeous town off the mainland of Rhode Island. It sits on the southern tip of Aquidneck Island surrounded by beaches and harbors. The city is known for having the most colonial homes in the US, which are located in the Newport Historic District. The traveler doesn’t have to go far to see these beautiful homes, as the district is located in the downtown area. Not only is it located in the center of most happenings in Newport, it sits directly on a harbor that can be walked along while taking in the shops and restaurants on Thames St. Not far from the historic district in Newport is Mansion Row, a name given to the mansions along Bellevue Avenue. The traveler will be amazed at the size and grandeur of these magnificent homes with grand gardens and coastal views. And, when the traveler is tired of walking around, they can relax on one of the many beaches that are not even a mile from the city center. A city that has all the makings of a great summer vacation, and much more for the traveler.




  • Originally named Noepe by the native Wampanoag people, Martha’s Vineyard is an island southeast of mainland Massachusetts. Though it’s often thought of as one town, it actually consists of six towns: Tisbury, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, West Tisbury, Chilmark, and Aquinnah. The population in the off-season is around a mere 16,000 residents, though it swells by approximately 100,000 during its tourist season. The island is known for its pleasant summer weather, which makes it one of the top summer resort locations in the United States. Martha’s Vineyard has something for every traveler looking to getaway during the summer. Of course, beaches are highly sought after by almost every traveler—and, this scenic island has a good selection. From the Aquinnah Cliffs, a beach overshadowed by a cliff and lighthouse, to serene white-sand beaches with great surfing—shrugging off the worries of life is easy on them. The small town feel of Martha’s Vineyard has remained intact, as the traveler will see quaint cottages and little commercialism. Small and colorful B&Bs warmly welcome the traveler, while fresh fish and oysters await those that make over to Menemsha on the western side of the island. There is a reason that Martha’s Vineyard has been talked about fondly by those who visit, and the traveler will experience it as well.




  • At the northernmost point of the US site Maine. The coasts of Maine have the quintessential aesthetic that one thinks of New England. Rocky shores and cliffs, where either nature or lighthouse overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, while waves crash upon outcrops and other rocks jutting from the ocean. Along these coasts are a few spots the traveler will be interested in. Portland, located on the south shore, is the most populous city in Maine. It is a medium-sized city of approximately 66,000 residents and has been on the up-and-coming as one of the best US cities to live in. There you’ll find a strong sense of creativity in the arts district on Congress St, and a foodie scene to rival many other, given its size. The Portland Museum of Art features local artists to promote the local economy. Breweries craft local beers for the traveler to revel in their time there. The music scene in Portland features everything from jazz to traditional Irish tunes. For a more small-town feel, there is Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor is located on Mount Desert Island and is further northeast on Maine’s coast. It has a population of only about 5,500 and is surrounded by rolling mountains on one side and a harbor on the other. The town is home to the largest part of the Acadia National Park which has pristine mountains, shoreline, woodlands, and lakes. Home to over 40 different species of mammals, the traveler will be able to enjoy a quaint town and the amazing natural scenery of untouched lands of wonder. Did I mention the tasty meals of fresh lobster?




New England’s coasts have a particular feel that the traveler will enjoy. The calm and laidback cultures, communities based around the seafaring life, and far enough away from the business of bustling life will recharge the traveler’s batteries. That’s why American Cruise Lines has itineraries to all of the areas mentioned in this article, and more—they want the traveler to truly experience this unique coastline and the places that make it a great place to visit.

New England Islands

Travel with American Cruise Lines as we discover the New England Islands. Each day is filled with customized shore excursions narrated by private island guides and knowledgeable onboard experts.

Explore the rich marine history of New Bedford, once known as the whaling capital of the world and the inspiration behind the classic American novel, Moby Dick. While in Nantucket, learn about the island’s early history, the popular rose-covered cottage style homes, and popular art community.

Visit the many historic towns in Martha’s Vineyard, and stop at a local gingerbread house for fresh lemonade and cookies. You will be amazed by the awe-inspiring Mohegan Bluffs on Block Island and the opulent seaside estates along the “Avenue of the Mansions” in Newport.

Maine Coast and Harbors

People have been drawn to the spectacular coast of Maine throughout history. As your small ship winds through scenic rivers, sparkling bays, and historic harbors, discover the undeniable magic found along Maine’s coast.

From Boothbay to Bar Harbor, Camden to Castine, your journey brings you to charming ports famous for their shipbuilding, beautiful national parks, and quaint historic districts.

Stroll the charming village of Belfast, known for its beautiful Greek Revival architecture, marvel at the granite mountains of Acadia National Park, and admire the classic schooners in Camden Harbor. Come discover what makes Maine one of the most popular destinations in America.

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