New England

New England by pobrecito33

This article was written by Global Graduates, published on 23rd August 2010 and has been read 3104 times.

If you want a real slice of old-time America, this region is the place to go. Beautiful university (or college, if we get our USA cap on) grounds, white-washed churches and a spectacular array of colours during the autumnal months makes New England a top destination for both tourists and students. In such a relatively small area (as it includes the states of Connecticut, unspoilt Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island), you’ll find quite a few Ivy League universities, bursting with national and foreign students, making this place lively, liberal and lived in.
Quite a few places round here might seem a little kitsch, a little corny and a little too try-hard (think The Patriot), but it’s all part of the region’s charm, y’see. Some of the oldest towns in the States are right here. If you’re a fan of the outdoors, you can hike across the famous Appalachian Trail, which takes you all the way up to Maine, crossing all the area’s states, bar Connecticut. Of course, this is just one of the many treks on offer, and as long as you check with authorities, you can pretty much travel across gorgeous plains, grand forests and atop awe-inspiring mountains, to experience the Great Outdoors. 

The beaches (and the succulent lobster) on offer here has made this cluster of States gain an unmatched reputation for some of the most tranquil swimming holes and best seafood in the world. Most towns offer lakes or closed-off ponds, which means you can wet your feet inland, as opposed to hitting the coast. Though, if you are going to go with that last option, you could do a lot worse than nature cruising - there is a string of awesome spots to go whale-watching, observe shore birds and get a general feel for the Atlantic ocean. And then, you can tuck into seriously good lobster chowder, whilst making the most of the great wine and local beer on the menu.

New England is a good place to be if you’re looking to study, too. With some of the best universities in the world on your doorstep here (Harvard, Boston...), the atmosphere is fun, relaxed but also academic - which means you’re going to get your money’s worth in terms of homework and reading lists. On the plus side, you’re going to get the chance to work with some of the most recognised and accoladed professors in the world. If you’re looking to work, you can easily find yourself working in one of the picturesque towns, as well as making the most of the wilderness out here, and judging the temperamental weather for yourself. Think the beauty of Dawson’s Creek, the fun of Legally Blonde and the adventures of Mark Twain’s books. They’ve even got their own cider, too. So, that’s going to be an economy ticket to Boston, then?

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