States team up for Discover New England tours

BOSTON -- The tourism offices of the six New England states, which work closely together to promote the region, created itineraries for group tour operators called Discover New England: Hidden Treasures of the Six New England States.

Highlights are:

Connecticut

  • Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens, located five miles from Hartford, ranks as the nation's third-largest rose garden.
  • Mystic Seaport, Mystic. This museum houses the larg-est collection of boats and maritime photography in the world, but most visitors know it for its re-created 19th century village.
  • Underground Canoe Trips in Collins-ville, one hour from Hartford. The program includes a three-hour tour along the Park River through underground tunnels.
  • Maine

  • Hamilton House, South Berwick. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Hamilton House is located about 15 miles north of Portsmouth, N.H. Visitors will find a museum house built circa 1785 and a colonial revival garden overlooking the Salmon Falls River.
  • Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport. Situated about 30 miles south of Portland, the museum enables visitors to ride the restored electric trolley along a 3.5-mile track.
  • The Bar Harbor Whale Watch, Bar Harbor. There are four boats offering whale-, puffin-, seal- and dolphin-watching.
  • Massachusetts

  • Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain. Located in greater Boston, the arboretum features 3,500 types of trees on 265 acres, including a well-known Bonsai tree collection.
  • Old North Church, Boston. This church of Paul Revere fame is the oldest in the city.
  • Crane Memorial Reservation, Ipswich. Here visitors can explore four miles of barrier beach and look for rare birds.
  • New Hampshire

  • Fuller Gardens, North Hampton. This two-acre estate garden features a display of All American Roses as well as a Japanese garden and sculptured hedges.
  • Canterbury Shaker Museum, Canterbury. This Shaker village has 24 original buildings on 690 acres, showcased through guided tours and craft demonstrations.
  • The Flume Gorge, Lincoln. Visitors can take self-guided tours on a two-mile trail that crosses an 800-foot flume gorge and passes covered bridges, and glacial boulders.
  • Rhode Island

  • Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, Bristol. Attractions includes 33 acres of woods and flowers, a giant sequoia and a 45-room mansion overlooking Narragansett Bay.
  • SlaterMill Historic Site, Pawtucket. The site includes mills and a reconstructed, 16,000-pound waterwheel.
  • Night Heron Nature Cruises, Wakefield. Bird-watch- ing, snorkeling and sunset cruises are available from May to October.
  • Vermont

  • The Vermont Wildflower Farm, Charlotte, includes 6 acres of wildflowers and a multimedia theater.
  • Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, is indoor and outdoor with a vast collection of Americana.
  • More Maple Sugar Farm, Montpelier, has the Woodshed Theater, an outdoor museum and a walking trail.
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