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The north-eastern corner of the United States is known as New England home to six states and some of America's less-visited gems. Visitors keen to explore this area will encounter stunning mountainous and rural scenery, picture-postcard townships including Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Newport, and historically significant communities within Maine. The New England countryside bursts into crimson, gold and orange in late September, triggering a rush of visitors to the prettiest state in the Union, Vermont, and its many cosy fireside chalets and inns.

Boston is famous for being the birthplace of American Independence and for being a city of contrasts. It pays homage to every period of America's timeline which provides it with a sense of being both historic, and hip! Skyscrapers share cobblestone streets with charming Victorian townhouses; leafy green parks lead to monuments, galleries and museums; and gourmet restaurants, pizzerias, cafes and jazz bars competitively vie for attention. Ever-present on Boston menus are the famous local staples of clam chowder, lobster rolls, and Boston Cream pie, but food and wine lovers will find themselves in gastronomic heaven during Restaurant Week (March and August) and the annual Boston Wine Festival (January-April) and Boston Wine Expo (late January).

New York City & Long Island

New York is a city whose veins are filled with creatives, bankers, models, and tourists! It has an energy that doesn't exist in any other US city and people are always in a rush to get somewhere. Massive neon billboards; skyscrapers; honking yellow taxi cabs; bigger-than-Texas retail stores; and street vendors selling everything from handbags to bagels make up the tapestry of this fabulous city. Then there's the magnificent haven that is Central Park. Acting as New York's lungs and a backyard for apartment-bound New York residents, it provides a reprieve from the day's hustle, a chance to wander tree lined avenues and sun-soaked lawns, and to marvel at its Zoo's exotic animal collection.

Tribeca is most famous for its warehouses and artists' lofts; New York City's East Village is celebrated for punk-rock, great bars and an immigrant history; the Upper East Side is home to Museum Mile, as well as some of Manhattan's best shopping; while SoHo, Little Italy and the Lower East Side host a great number of art galleries and museums for visitors and shoppers to enjoy. The West Village, part of Greenwich Village, is unique because its streets were formed in the 1800s before the city adopted its strict grid pattern. Uptown adventures offer visitors to New York City a wealth of experience and an opportunity to visit some interesting and educational attractions. Harlem's rich arts history and world famous School of the Arts makes it the destination for aspiring dancers and performers. A recent resurgence in Harlem means the birthplace of jazz is about to get even cooler. Depart Manhattan for the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Williamsburg, affectionately referred to as 'the 'Burg', for more cool bars, museums that host block parties, flea markets, and gourmet venues aplenty.

Beyond Brooklyn and Queens, on the east end of Long Island, are The Hamptons a popular summertime destination for visitors and New York residents alike. Its hamlets and villages, white sand beaches, impressive estates, old-world charm and historic sights draw visitors seeking a relaxed pace, while world-class boutiques, fine wines, a thriving gallery scene and impressive outdoor-adventure catalogue cater to those with energy to burn. Annual festivals and events such as the famed Hampton Classic Horse Show and the Shinnecock Pow Wow deliver a spectacular finish to the summer season.

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